In a special board meeting Monday May 9, 2016, the Southside Independent School District board voted to hire Mark E. Eads as the SISD Superintendent.
Eads has more than 27 years of experience in the classroom and school administration plus 9 years in the business sector, with positions being held at Snyder ISD, Medina Valley ISD, Tulosa Midway ISD as well as at Region 20 Education Sevice Center as an Education Specialist in charge of Leadership, Assessment, and Development. Other experience and training prepared him for Human Resources issues and working closely with Education Foundations. He considers himself a “bridge builder” who looks forward to working closely with community partnerships.
Eads is a Texas native who attended Corpus Christi State University and went on to earn his a Master of Science in Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
A strong family life adds balance to his professional career. His wife Shawna is a neonatal nurse practitioner; they have been married for 35 years. They have two daughters and a son: Amanda, Megan, and Tyler — all graduates of Texas A&M. The family enjoys outdoor activities and physical fitness, often training together to compete in half-marathons.
Eads offers that the foundation of his leadership is based on the book, The Servant, by James Hunter. Eads says, “I believe that education is a process of continuous growth for students and educators. Although often confused as being a finished product, education is never complete. We have a responsibility to teach and inspire everyone to be lifelong learners.”