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The Manor ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Royce Avery as the superintendent of schools.

“We are very excited about Dr. Avery joining Manor ISD,” said Board President Marlin Thomas. “This was a difficult process and one we did not take lightly. The Board had the opportunity to speak with some very qualified applicants, but Dr. Avery proved to best fit the community’s superintendent profile. We are confident that he will be able to hit the ground running and look forward to having his leadership in the District.” 

Dr. Avery has over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations across the Texas public education system. He served as a special education teacher and athletic coach in both Robstown and Calallen Independent School Districts before becoming a campus administrator and serving as a high school principal in his hometown of Woodsboro, then as a middle school principal in Lubbock ISD where he received Region 17 Education Service Center’s Outstanding Principal of the Year Award in 2006. Following his principalships, Dr. Avery became a district-level administrator, first as the executive director of secondary education and student services in Waco ISD, then as superintendent of schools in Aransas Pass ISD, and now as an area superintendent in El Paso ISD. 

As an administrator, Dr. Avery’s accomplishments include increasing 21st century learning opportunities through the expansion of technology programs and infrastructure; implementing programs to significantly decrease discipline referrals; increasing student attendance through incentive programs; and increasing college readiness efforts; but most notable, is Dr. Avery’s proven experience with leadership transformation and student growth. 

While in Waco ISD, Dr. Avery served as the district shepherd of the Turnaround School Initiative and moved four campuses from the Texas Education Agency’s rating of “unacceptable” to “acceptable” in just two years. And it was his strength in accountability and management that led him to be recruited to El Paso ISD to assist the new superintendent, under the appointed board of managers, to rebuild the district’s academic integrity and community trust.

Dr. Avery received his bachelor of arts from Rice University, his masters of education from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and his doctorate in education from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Rene, have three daughters aged 23, 17, and 10.