Dr. Shields was appointed as the LVISD Superintendent in July 2006. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University in 1993, Masters of Education, Mid-Management Certification, and Counseling Certification from Baylor University in 1983 along with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University in 1980. She is a former La Vega ISD educator and counselor. Since the early 1980’s Dr. Shields has been a strong, confident educator and leader, guiding children to achieve and believe that each individual can and will succeed. As a former counselor, she brings guidance and direction for our students. As a former principal, she brings additional leadership and determination to help children succeed through targeted studies with emphasis in mathematics. Dr. Shields has also served as a Middle School Principal in Waco ISD where she provided outstanding leadership skills.

She was hired in July, 1999 as Executive Director for Instructional Services where she improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the instructional departments. Student performance has improved, and the District received its first “Recognized” campus and District accountability ratings from TEA in 1999-2000, and its first “Exemplary” campus ratings (both LVPS and LVES) in 2005-2006. In 2010, La Vega Elementary School was honored to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Dr. Shields has devoted herself to organizing, monitoring, and providing instructional leadership on a daily basis, and has demonstrated that she can motivate our instructional personnel to work together to improve teaching and student performance. Dr. Shields is highly respected by staff members and the Board for her ability to research and implement new ideas and strategies, which have included the use of several effective software programs including Plato, CCC, and Fast ForWord.

Some of her recent honors include: One of the Top Five Finalists for the TASB Superintendent of the Year 2011, Education Service Center Region 12 Superintendent of the Year 2011

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