New Braunfels ISD Chief of Schools Dr. Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen has been announced as Taylor ISD’s lone finalist for superintendent. Over the last two years, Garcia-Edwardsen has been preparing to become a superintendent while serving on the NBISD leadership cabinet.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with so many great people – a great school board, phenomenal leaders, community partners, staff, parents and students,” Garcia-Edwardsen said.” I’m excited to see what is to come for NBISD as it continues to grow, and I am thankful to NBISD for preparing me. New Braunfels will always have a special place in my heart!”

During her tenure as NBISD Chief of Schools, Garcia-Edwardsen is credited with co-creating the Leadership Academy, a program that prepares teachers and assistant principals to grow into principal and other leadership roles. Currently she serves the east side schools and has been instrumental in the process of opening Long Creek High School.

She was selected as the lone finalist in Taylor ISD following a lengthy nationwide superintendent search and comprehensive interview process that included 44 applicants. The search was conducted by JG Consulting. The announcement was made during an Oct. 24 Board of Trustees meeting. Taylor ISD will formally announce Garcia-Edwardsen as its lone finalist at its high school’s football game on Oct. 27.

Garcia-Edwardsen’s nearly 20 years in education has included roles in some of Texas’s fastest growing districts, including NBISD. She has been NBISD’s Chief of Schools since July 2021. Prior to NBISD, she served as Deputy Academic Officer and Area Superintendent for Hays CISD (2018-2021). Prior to Hays CISD, she worked for Del Valle ISD as the Principal at Baty Elementary (2014-2018), Assistant Principal at Del Valle Middle School (2012-2014), and as an elementary teacher for the first five years of her career (2007-2012).

“I am truly thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to serve Taylor ISD,” Garcia-Edwardsen said. “Our family is enthusiastic about growing alongside Taylor as we embark on growth and development in the area.”

Taylor ISD serves more than 3,000 students. The City of Taylor has been vastly growing over the last decade and is expected to continue growing with the addition of a new Samsung plant.

Garcia-Edwardsen is slated to begin her new role on Nov. 13.

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