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Superintendent of Schools

Sharon M. Shields, Ph.D.
Dr. Shields was appointed as the LVISD Superintendent on July 11, 2006 and began her term of service on October 1, 2006.
Dr. Shields received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University in 1993, Masters of Education, Mid-Management Certification, and Counseling Certification from Baylor University in 1983 along with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University in 1980. She is a former La Vega ISD educator and counselor.
Since the early 1980's Dr. Shields has been a strong, confident educator and leader, guiding children to achieve and believe that each individual can and will succeed. As a former counselor, she brings guidance and direction for our students. As a former principal, she brings additional leadership and determination to help children succeed through targeted studies with emphasis in mathematics. Dr. Shields has also served as a Middle School Principal in Waco ISD where she provided outstanding leadership skills.
Dr. Sharon M. Shields was hired in July, 1999 as Executive Director for Instructional Services.  She pulled together the District's instructional and instructional support programs and improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the instructional departments. Student performance has improved, and the District received its first "Recognized" campus and District accountability ratings from TEA in 1999-2000, and its first "Exemplary" campus ratings (both LVPS and LVES) in 2005-2006. In 2010, La Vega Elementary School was honored to be named a National Blue Ribbon School. 
Dr. Shields has devoted herself to organizing, monitoring, and providing leadership on a daily basis, and has demonstrated that she can motivate our personnel to work together to improve teaching and student performance. Dr. Shields is highly respected by staff members and the Board for her ability to research and implement new ideas and strategies.  She served as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services from 2002 to 2006.
Honors and activities include:
Received the Omnicron Upsilon CHAPTER Citizen of the Year Award during the 2021 Achievement Week of The Omega Psi PHI Fraternity, Inc.
Finalist for the Leading Waco Women's 2021 Athena Leadership Award
Chosen "Women of the Year" by the Bellmead Chamber of Commerce 2017
Serves on the Prosper Waco Board of Directors
Serves on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors
Serves as a Co-Chair on the Education Committee for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
Serves on the Project Link Oversight Committee for Prosper Waco
Serves on the Leadership Waco Program as the Superintendent Representative
One of the Top Five Finalists for the TASB Superintendent of the Year 2011
Education Service Center Region 12 Superintendent of the Year 2011
Serves on the TASB Supplemental Employee Benefits Board
Serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for Pack of Hope
Served on the TASA Executive Committee
Serves on the Board of Directors for TAMS
Past President of the YMCA of Central Texas
Serves on the Executive Board of the Bellmead Chamber of Commerce
Serves on the Board of Directors of the Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Inc.
Serves on the Board of Directors for the Cooper Foundation
1997 - Waco Delegate, President's Summit for America's Youth
1995-1996 Principal of the Year, Waco ISD - Selected by the Superintendent
Earned her Superintendent's Certification from Tarleton State University
Chosen "Women of the Year" by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Served as Board President for the Doris Miller Branch - YMCA
Participated with the McLennan County Youth Collaboration
Supports the Safe Kids Coalition
Served the Junior League as a Community Advisor
Kappa Delta Pi - Baylor University
Phi Kappa Phi - Texas A & M University
Phi Delta Kappa - Baylor University
Scottish Rites Fellowship - Waco, TX
Minority Fellowship - Texas A & M University