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Godley Independent School District - Empowering Students

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Dr. Rich Dear

Rich Dear, Ed.D.

Dr. Rich Dear became the Godley ISD Superintendent in 2011.

Having begun his educational career in 1997, Dr. Dear first worked as a science teacher and coach at Brewer High School in White Settlement.  He later was an assistant principal at Brewer after completing internships at multiple district campuses.  In 2005, Dr. Dear came to Godley as assistant principal at Godley High School and became the school's principal in 2007.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Southwest Texas State University and later received a master's degree in educational administration and a doctorate degree in education leadership both from Tarleton State University.

Dr. Dear is chair of both the Johnson County Shared Services Arrangement (JCSSA) and the UIL District Executive Committee.  He is vice chair for the EECU board of directors, a member of the Region 30 UIL Music Executive Committee, a regional representative for the Texas Association of Mid-Sized Schools (TAMS), a member of the Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network, and a member of the Texas Performance Assessment Constoritum (TPAC).  Prior service includes multiple committees with the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Region 11 Education Service Center, and TPAC.

The superintendent received the Exemplary Instructional Leader Award from Tarleton State University's Effective Schools Project, the American Soldier Defender of Freedom Award, Power Super recognition from Huckabee, and Distinguished Administrator Award from the Texas Music Educators Association.

Dr. Dear and his wife, Juliandra, have two children - Zander, an eighth grader at Godley Middle School, and Zoe, a fourth grader at Legacy Elementary School.