About Sue


Sue Deigaard is an accomplished leader who has worked for Houston ISD students for over two decades as a public education advocate, the District V Trustee, and the immediate past-President of the HISD Board of Trustees. She has served Houston’s children through a number of significant “once in a lifetime” challenges: the Hurricane Harvey school year, a pandemic, and a winter freeze. (HISD Accomplishments – click here) Our kids have benefited from her steady and experienced leadership in the district. Sue is the person we need to continue making decisions for our students.  

Sue Deigaard was the first person in her family to graduate from college. Even though her dad dropped out of high school, her parents always understood the value of a strong education. Thanks to the choices they made, Sue received an excellent education in the public school system, which prepared her to attend Rice University. She graduated with two degrees and became a tireless advocate for the next generation of students.

Sue is proud that both her children are products of  the excellent education they received in HISD schools. Her older child currently attends Rice University, while her younger child is a high school senior in the district. As a parent, Sue knows firsthand the high expectations parents have for our school district, and believes ALL students should have access to the same high-quality education her children have received.

Sue’s vision for the future of HISD is simple: Prepare all students to succeed. To accomplish this, we must create a culture of achievement that recognizes the unique potential of each individual child. Students should graduate from HISD not only with a diploma, but with a love for learning and with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in our ever-changing world.

Houston’s children are the future of our great city. They deserve leaders who are committed to improving their quality of education and ensuring an equitable access to excellent learning opportunities. They deserve leaders who will develop their strengths and provide support to address their challenges. They need leaders who will put student interests first, who will act with integrity and transparency, and who will recognize that all kids deserve the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential. They need leaders who are good stewards of public dollars to ensure that resources are invested equitably and effectively in their education. They need leaders who will create the kind of district culture where teachers want to work, students want to learn, and parents trust to educate their students. Most importantly, our children need leaders to be collaborative and innovative, developing HISD into a national model for 21st century urban districts. Sue continues to be the right leader for our students.