Superintendent

Dr. D’Andre J. Weaver Bio

DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent of Schools D’Andre J. Weaver. Ph.D., is a South Side Chicago native who has been described as strategic, visionary and forward-thinking among the national education community. Weaver has been recognized throughout his career for improving student achievement.  He has implemented measures that have led to increased passing rates and higher achievement scores. His educational focus centers on equity, access, and transformational educational initiatives.

Prior to his appointment as the superintendent of DeSoto ISD, Weaver served as a Community Superintendent with Spring Branch Independent School District where he supported 20 principals and more than 16,000 racially and economically diverse students. Weaver was a part of a senior leadership team that transformed the traditional approach to education by creating personalized learning experiences for each of the district’s 35,000 students every single day which resulted in dramatic increases in student achievement.

Prior to his role in Spring Branch ISD, Weaver served as the Principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, one of eleven selective enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. Brooks serves a population of students that are 99% minority and, of whom, more than 75% are considered low income. During his tenure, graduation rates, college entrance and retention rates, and freshmen on-track rates improved to all-time highs. As a result, U.S. News and World Report recognized Brooks as the #10 best high school in Illinois and has awarded the school its third Gold Medal status award.

Weaver comes highly endorsed by former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan who currently serves as a managing partner with Chicago CRED. Duncan said,” (Weaver) has holistically improved the schools he has led (and) combines a deep concern for all children with extraordinary competence, energy, and leadership, which he would tirelessly apply to ensuring that every child in DeSoto ISD receives an outstanding education.”

Dr. Weaver is married to his high school sweetheart, Chyla, and they have two daughters, Elle and Ava who both attend DeSoto ISD schools.