Dr. Torrye Hooper, who currently serves as the School Support Officer for the Houston Independent School District, will join the North Little Rock School District as Deputy Superintendent.
As the Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Hooper will assist the Superintendent in working directly and collaboratively in establishing a high-performing executive leadership team and will supervise the following roles: Chief Financial Officer; Executive Director of Human Resources; Executive Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability; Executive Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability; Executive Director of Student Services and Equity; Executive Director of Special Services; Executive Director of Federal and State Programs and Professional Development; and the Departments of School Safety, Maintenance, Technology, Communications, and Parent and Family Engagement.
The Deputy Superintendent also acts as the Superintendent at the request of or in the absence of the Superintendent.
Hooper, who is originally from Ohio, has over 20 years of experience in education. She has served as a Teacher, District Specialist, Assistant Principal, Principal, and District School Supervisor. She has been recognized for overseeing double-digit growth in academic progress at multiple campuses under her leadership.
In addition, a dual language campus under her supervision has been recognized by the state of Texas with seven distinctions for two consecutive years in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Academic Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, and Closing the Gaps. Hooper supervises 13 principals on elementary and secondary campuses.
The Houston Independent School District is largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest school district in the United States. It serves 209,000 students, and it is where more than 100 languages are spoken.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be a servant leader for the community of North Little Rock and anxiously looking forward to diving into the work with the collaboration of the staff, community, and students,” said Dr. Hooper. “Humbled and excited to be part of a dynamic school district!”
Hooper earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Texas Southern University. She also earned Spanish Language Learner certifications while studying abroad in Costa Rica.
She began her career in education as a Biology Teacher in the Aldine Independent School District, located in Houston.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Hooper to Arkansas and to the North Little Rock School District,” said Dr. Gregory J. Pilewski, Superintendent of Schools. “She has a track record of turning around schools and improving student outcomes. I look forward to her leadership and the transformative change and improvement that she will bring to our district.”
Dr. Hooper will begin her tenure with the district in late fall.