Kevin Brackmeyer, Superintendent of Schools
Born and raised in Harlingen, Texas, Kevin Brackmeyer attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology before returning to his hometown to begin working as a program supervisor for Tropical Texas MHMR.
Pursuing his passion for teaching, Brackmeyer began his educational career as a teacher at Harlingen High School South in 1989. He was instrumental in developing a successful vocational program for students with disabilities. After five years in the classroom, Brackmeyer earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Brownsville and transitioned into administration with the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District as an assistant principal at Coakley Middle School. He would go on to become the principal at Coakley Middle School helping lead the campus to TEA recognized ratings.
In 2008, Brackmeyer and his family moved to Austin where he began working with the Austin Independent School District as an executive principal for the office of middle schools. In this position, Brackmeyer helped lead principals in transforming struggling campuses.
In 2009, Brackmeyer was selected as the principal of Manor High School for the Manor Independent School District. Under the leadership of Brackmeyer, Manor High School underwent an impressive transformation with improved academic achievements that resulted in the campus becoming academically acceptable for the first time in four years. During Brackmeyer's tenure, Manor High School experienced significant increases in graduation rates, annual increases in the number of college bound graduates, as well as significant increases in scholarship awards. Brackmeyer's focus on changing the culture of the campus also included a strong commitment to promoting the fine arts program.
Due in part to his great accomplishments at the high school, Brackmeyer was named superintendent of Manor ISD in 2012. He is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for the District’s students by providing as many opportunities for social, emotional, and academic growth as possible. As superintendent, Brackmeyer has implemented a number of successful initiatives, including many focused on improving attendance and college and career readiness.
To improve attendance and generate additional revenue for the District, Brackmeyer partnered with programs, such as Get Schooled, to engage middle and high school students in an effort to increase their attendance and encourage their focus on education. He also recruited a team of attendance specialists dedicated to identifying attendance challenges and providing individualized support for District families.
Focused on improving college and career readiness, Brackmeyer built a team dedicated to providing students with numerous post-secondary opportunities. Manor ISD has been consistently recognized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for participation in college preparation activities and increases in direct to college enrollment. In the fall of 2015 the District opened the Manor ISD/ACC Certification Center, the first of its kind in Central Texas, to provide high school juniors and seniors with an opportunity to earn certifications in growing industries that are in need of highly skilled employees.
Because of the District’s strong commitment to project-based learning and college and career readiness, President Barack Obama visited Manor New Technology High School as part of his 2013 Jobs and Opportunity Tour. Under Brackmeyer’s vision and through the approval of a $124.9 million bond by voters in 2014, Manor ISD will open Manor New Technology Middle School in an effort to expand project-based learning across all grade levels.
In addition to his initiatives focused on improving attendance and college and career readiness, Brackmeyer believes community engagement is key to creating a center for student success and is dedicated to strengthening existing partnerships and building new ones. Currently, the District has established collaborative relationships with over 200 partners, including Samsung Semiconductor and Applied Materials.