Superintendent of Schools
Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Aldine Independent School District. Since taking the helm in July 2018, Dr. Goffney has dedicated herself to more than 67,000 students and more than 9,000 employees of the district as well as the entire Aldine community.
Under her leadership, Aldine ISD has developed new initiatives to offer parents and students more options. In fall 2018, AISD rolled out a prekindergarten pilot for students who are three years old at several early childhood schools. The district in fall 2019, began to offer a two-way dual language immersion program at five campuses. The district launched the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Model at two elementary campuses to increase student outcomes through realigning resources and support to ensure: effective principals and teachers; instructional excellence, extended school day, social-emotional supports, and parent and community partnerships. The Rose Avalos P-TECH School, which opened in fall 2019, and the partnership with EMERGE Fellowship are yet additional opportunities for students to earn a college degree and be career-ready following graduation.
Her commitment to equity and increasing student access to high-quality schools saw results within her first year as superintendent. Working with her executive leadership team, campus principals, program directors, and community partners, Aldine ISD moved from a C-rated school district to a ‘B’ in 2018-2019 based on the State of Texas’ academic accountability ratings. The district increased the number of ‘A’ and ‘B’ schools and made gains in closing gaps.
Dr. Goffney used the feedback from stakeholders, to develop the five-year strategic plan, A New Way Forward. The dynamic document ensures that the district will continue to dramatically increase access to highly-rated schools, choices, and opportunities that prepare students for their future. The district seeks to transform how educators serve students and show that improvement is possible for any school, no matter its location or who the school serves.
Throughout her tenure in education, Dr. Goffney has increased student achievement through a focus on literacy, targeted professional development for teachers, and collaboration across the community, including developing business and school partnerships, parent engagement as well as increasing transparent and timely communication.
In 2020, Aldine ISD made the College Board’s AP® Honor Roll for the first. The district has plans to expand AP options by adding two new AP® courses in 2020-2021. The district is also experimenting with initiatives and strategies to expand access and improve student performance. Additionally, Aldine will also continue to build its advanced academics pipeline by identifying and encouraging elementary students to enroll in Honors courses in middle school.
Dr. Goffney began her career as a language arts teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD. She went on to serve as assistant principal and principal before leading COCISD as superintendent. In 2013, district leaders selected her as Superintendent of Lufkin ISD. In this role, she created systems dedicated to supporting teachers through the development of a professional learning academy for educators. She was also instrumental in establishing several community cooperatives, including the district’s first education foundation.
In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Goffney was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards in 2017. That same year, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) selected her to be the Texas nominee for the 2018 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year award. In 2019, VYPE magazine named Dr. Goffney Administrator of the Year. Later that same year, Sam Houston State University presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Most recently, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, named Dr. Goffney, a finalist for the 2020 Superintendent Award. Additionally, Young Audiences Arts Education has selected Dr. Goffney as the 2020 Arts Education Honoree.
Dr. Goffney believes in maximizing opportunities, developing leaders, and providing opportunities for all students. As a result, she is active in many organizations including, the Texas School Alliance, the University Interscholastic League Legislative Committee, the Texas Association of Black School Educators, the Texas Council of Women School Executives, TASA Future-Ready Superintendents. She advocates for her community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., the Mayor’s Advisory Council, and the Aldine Education Foundation.
A native of Coldspring, Texas, Dr. Goffney is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her passion for education and stewardship is evident throughout Dr. Goffney’s career and even in her family. Her husband, Joseph, is an educator in a Houston area school district and serves as pastor of a church. The Goffneys are the parents of two children, Joslyn and the late Joseph Jr., who passed away earlier this year.