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Dr. Marc Faulkner named Region 12 Superintendent of the Year

China Spring ISD Educator Named Superintendent of the Year
06/14/2017

Dr. Marc Faulkner, China Spring ISD (CSISD) Superintendent, has been named the
Region 12 Superintendent of the Year and nominee for the Texas Superintendent of the
Year. He has served as superintendent in China Spring ISD since 2012. According to
district leaders, Faulkner focuses on continually striving for improvement in
CSISD. His actions and attitude focus on implementing systems, policies and practices
that encourage his students, his faculty and his community to strive for excellence.
Faulkner has established and implemented several programs during his tenure as
superintendent at CSISD, most notably the CILD, or Curriculum Innovation and
Learning Design team. This small group of teachers and administrators from across the
district meets regularly to focus on integrating technology and "out of the box"
instructional methods into classrooms.

The CILD was implemented for Social Studies this year, with a plan to add one
additional core content area to the program next year and eventually have teachers in
all core content areas trained through the CILD program. Faulkner and his leadership
team believe this program "will be instrumental in finding, training and keeping the very
best teachers at China Spring ISD."

A Superintendent's Council was also created this year under Faulkner's leadership. He
meets with a group of 16 high school students once a month to discuss issues,
solutions and ideas to improve CSISD. The students are selected through an
application process and represent a diverse sampling of the high school population.
"I really look forward to Superintendent Council meetings each month," says one ninth
grade Superintendent Council representative. "I feel like Dr. Faulkner is interested in
what we have to say and wants to make our school a better place for students. He has
been very responsive to our ideas so far. It's awesome to know the voices of students
are being heard."

Exceptional management during difficult times
Faulkner has overseen many facility improvements across the district. Due to rapid
growth in China Spring, Faulkner successfully planned, introduced and passed a $15.3
million bond in 2013, allowing for expansions of the high school campus and the
completion of maintenance items on other campuses. According to campus leadership,
Faulkner seamlessly managed his day-to-day responsibilities as superintendent, as well
as managing the bond projects, where each deadline was met on time and on budget
thanks to his careful oversight and guidance.

Shortly after the passing of the bond, Faulkner needed to negotiate with the Texas
Department of Transportation (TxDOT) over the CSISD administration building due to
road expansion. He successfully secured a $1.1 million purchase of the old CSISD
administration building and oversaw the construction of a new administration building.
In addition to the campus expansions and updates, Faulkner manages the district’s
finances exceptionally well, according to Board President Rick Hines. Thanks to his
fiduciary restraint when budgeting and spending, the district maintains a healthy fund
balance.

“As board members, it makes our jobs much easier when Dr. Faulkner manages our
finances well,” said Board President Rick Hines. “It is truly a blessing to have a
superintendent who understands the finances of our district and makes prudent, wise
decisions regarding spending and saving of taxpayer dollars.”

Faulkner has proven himself as an exceptional, selfless leader in CSISD, not only
through his work in the district, but in the personal sacrifices he makes daily. His wife
was diagnosed with cancer last fall, and while the Board has encouraged him to take as
much time off as needed, Faulkner has been at work every day that she has not had a
doctor’s appointment ready to work and serve his district. The China Spring community
has rallied around Faulkner and his family during this time, showing support and
appreciation in a variety of ways.

“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Faulkner as one of the top superintendents in the
great state of Texas,” said Dr. Jerry Maze, executive director of ESC Region 12. “He
was chosen by a committee of school board members from around our region for his
commitment to his district and his students. Our hats are off to Dr. Faulkner and to the
CSISD board for nominating him.”

Faulkner is an active member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, the
China Spring-Bosqueville Area Lions Club, the Texas Academy of Mathematics &
Science, the Texas Association of Community Schools, the Equity Center, and Friends
of Texas Public Schools.

He has several degrees and certifications, including a Master of Education from
Tarleton State University and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin
State University. He served in many roles at CSISD prior to his tenure as
superintendent, including assistant superintendent from 2009 - 2012, and principal of
China Spring High School from 2004 - 2009. He has also served as an assistant
principal at Robinson High School from 2001 - 2004, and as an agricultural science
teacher at Marlin High School from 1997 - 2001. He was selected as the Region 12
Principal of the Year in 2007.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the 2017 Region 12 Superintendent of the
Year,” Dr. Faulkner said. “I am a member of the most amazing group of educators in
China Spring who truly do what is best for students. The board creates a vision for our
district that focuses on our students and gives us the support and leadership needed to
carry out that vision. I have been able to work with and learn from some of the brightest
minds in education and I am thankful to all of the superintendents who helped shape me
into the leader I am today. It's a great day to be a Cougar!"

Faulkner will serve as the Region 12 nominee for the 2017 Texas Superintendent of the
Year award, presented by the Texas Association of School Boards. The state winner
will be announced in September at the TASA/Texas Association of School Boards
(TASB) Convention.