Superintendent Dr. David Harris

David HarrisDr. David C. Harris - Superintendent of Schools
200 E. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto, Texas 75115
Phone (972) 223-6666 Ext. 218
Fax (972) 274-8209
david.harris@desotoisd.org

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Zina Bean - Senior Executive Assistant
200 E. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto, Texas 75115
Phone (972) 223-6666 Ext. 218
Fax (972) 274-8209
zina.bean@desotoisd.org

The DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees unanimously hired Dr. David Harris on March 26, 2012, as the new superintendent of DeSoto ISD. Dr. Harris, from Beaumont ISD, began Monday, April 2, 2012, and then begin the first full year of his three-year contract (a contract year is July 1-June 30). He will be paid an annual salary of $180,000, along with an automobile allowance and 401a retirement plan contribution.

Dr. Harris, who has his master’s degree in education from Prairie View A&M and doctoral degree in education administration from Lamar University, comes highly recommended by educational leaders in Texas. Dr. Harris joined the Beaumont ISD family in the late 1990s after several years of teaching and coaching in Las Vega, Bryan, and Fort Bend ISDs. He became an assistant principal and later, the principal at Martin Elementary School in Beaumont. In 2005, Dr. Harris was appointed principal of King Middle School, and in 2008 he joined the BISD executive cabinet as assistant superintendent for secondary education. He holds a number of certifications, including ones in general and secondary special education, secondary education, physical education, sociology and health education, principal, and superintendent certification in addition to mid-management.

Dr. Harris is also an ordained minister, a dedicated husband and father, and an avid community volunteer. He is active in the Chamber of Commerce, the Ministerial Alliance, the Rotary Club, and a host of other community and civic organizations.

Superintendent Contract 2016

2020 Strategic Plan- Accelerating Expectations

Superintendent's Cabinet

The Superintendent's Cabinet is the decision-making body for district administrative functions. The Cabinet meets regularly to address the day-to-day operations of DeSoto ISD. Please Note: The Board of Trustees sets district policy, goals, and direction for DeSoto ISD.

  • Dr. Gabrielle Lemonier - Associate Superintendent
  • Dr. Cheyrl Ensley - Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs
  • Levatta Levels - Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services and Secondary Schools
  • Bobby LaBorde - Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources
  • Dr. Michelle Howard-Schwind - Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. Kevin Phillips - Director of Human Resources

Local Organizations 

  • DeSoto Rotary International
  • DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • DeSoto Concerned DeSoto Citizens
  • Leadership Southwest – Class of 2013

Professional Organizations / Leadership Positions