Deputy Superintendent of Schools Biography

Dr. Pauline Dow

Pauline Dow is the Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the San Antonio Independent School District, where she ensures support to 91 schools by providing leadership for the Academics, School Leadership, Administration, Student Support Services and Special Education teams.  

Prior to this she served as Chief Instructional Officer for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, an urban school district of more than 67,000 preK-12 students.  She has also served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Austin and the Ysleta Independent School Districts. In Canutillo ISD she served as Associate Superintendent.

She has focused on establishing meaningful standards of excellence, strengthening school-community partnerships and developing a culture of collaboration at all levels. A three-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship from 1995 to 1997 nurtured her research, training, and leadership skills and provided the foundation for her contributions to public education.

Dow’s research has focused on the achievement of students in dual language education programs and the policy implications of bilingual schooling. Publications include a chapter,” Education Policies: Standardized Testing, English Language Learners and Border Futures” in Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region, published in 2012 by Springer. In 2016, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named her to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability. Dow is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity University where she teaches a graduate course on curriculum and instruction for teachers on a path to becoming principals.