Dr. Bob Thompson, TELI’s director, said membership in the invitation-only Academy is competitive. Spencer was nominated by his colleagues, met a set of rigorous screening criteria, and was judged by the screening committee to have a leadership skill set that will add value to the discussions in a “think tank” of peers.
Admission to the TELI Academy, according to Thompson, is recognition, not only of the superintendent but also the ongoing efforts of the board to improve education for children.
Spencer became Superintendent of the Manor Independent School District in the summer of 2020, after serving as an Executive Superintendent in the New York City Department of Education, and as superintendent of schools for Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has also worked in the Baltimore City Public School System as a science teacher, assistant principal, and principal. In addition, Dr. Spencer spent three years as a school leadership officer (regional superintendent) in the Houston Independent School District.