A leader dedicated to collaboration and continuous improvement, Rouse High School Principal Christine Simpson is joining the district’s area superintendent team later this summer. The Leander ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring during Thursday night’s board meeting. Simpson, who will remain at RHS during the transition to a new principal, replaces Devin Padavil, who left to become superintendent at Taylor ISD. 

“We are thrilled that Christine Simpson will be joining our area superintendent team,” Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. said. “Christine’s exceptional leadership, experience at multiple levels in our district and philosophy of continuous improvement will be a great asset as we move our district forward. Her passion, devotion and positivity has already impacted many students and staff throughout LISD and we are excited that her expertise and leadership will be felt throughout the district.”

Simpson’s career in education began in 1997 in Marble Falls ISD and continued in Leander ISD, where she taught English and Reading. After a dozen years in the classroom, she joined the Leander High School staff as an assistant principal, serving the campus in that capacity until 2012 when she began leading Leander Middle School as its principal. In 2016, Simpson became principal at Rouse, where she developed a campus vision with a focus on positive culture and high academic standards for all.

“As an LISD principal for the last nine years, I have seen the great work of my colleagues firsthand,” Simpson said. “I am in awe of their unwavering dedication to putting students first. It will be an honor to serve and support them.”

A graduate of UT-San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Simpson also earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Texas State University.