Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Burks


San Antonio, Texas

Betty most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). She has served over 30 years in public education – 16 years as a campus and district administrator and 17 years as an elementary teacher – in large urban, suburban and rural districts throughout Texas.  Before joining the SAISD team, Betty served as Associate Executive Director of Instructional Support Leadership Development for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) in Austin, Texas. Betty has extensive experience in teaching and facilitating the Cambrian system of strategic planning.


While at TASA, she facilitated strategic planning in numerous districts throughout the state. Earlier in her administrative career, Berry served as an internal facilitator for a mid-sized district in North Texas.


With wide-ranging experience in curriculum, instruction and professional development at all levels of public schools; Betty has shared her experiences through presentations at national and state conferences. Well known for her expertise in leadership development of campus and district administrators, she was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Educational Leadership by the University of Council for Educational Administration. She served as a coach for two National Staff Development Council Academies, which included over 100 educators throughout the United States and Canada.


Betty hold’s a Masters in Education Administration from Sul Ross State University and Bachelors in Education from Texas Tech University.  Her life’s work as an educator has been focused on improving the educational opportunity of all children through building and supporting leaders at all levels of the organization, especially those charged with creating strategic futures.

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