Hernández returns to Irving as assistant superintendent

At the May 19 board meeting, the Irving ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Magda Hernández to serve as assistant superintendent of administration. As assistant superintendent, Hernández will oversee all aspects of the district’s human resources function. She will be responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of human resource programs, including professional and auxiliary staffing, wage and salary administration, leave administration, performance appraisal, employee relations and benefits for the district’s approximately 4,500 employees.

As a resident of Irving and former employee of Irving ISD, Hernández will be a familiar face in her new role. Hernández is currently the assistant superintendent for human resources in Waxahachie ISD. Prior to that, her roles in Irving ISD included director of human resources, HR staffing and recruiting coordinator, assistant principal at Townley Elementary School, and a bilingual and gifted and talented teacher at Good Elementary School as well as a bilingual instructional aide at Good Elementary.

“The administration is very pleased to make a recommendation that the board approve the appointment of Magda Hernández as assistant superintendent of administration,” Dr. Parra said during the meeting. The recommendation was approved unanimously by the board, which voted 7-0 in favor of the appointment.

“Ms. Hernandez has a rich and inspiring background in education, and a wonderful reputation in the Irving ISD,” Dr. Parra said. “I am tremendously excited to have Ms. Hernandez join us as she is a superb educator, and an intelligent, driven, and proactive individual who shares with me the vision of creating an outstanding Human Resources department focused on recruiting, developing, and retaining excellent teachers, administrators, and staff.”

Hernández says she looks forward to returning “home” to Irving ISD where she began her career in education in 1992.

“I am excited and humbled to be part of this outstanding organization and consider myself very fortunate and blessed to serve Irving ISD,” she said. “I hold Irving dear to my heart as this is the district that has provided, and continues, to provide excellent education for my children and grandchild.

“In addition, it also opened the doors of my career as I began my lifelong educational journey in 1992 as a bilingual instructional aide, and later transitioning into K-5 bilingual/gifted and talented teacher, campus administrator and central office leader – all in Irving ISD.”

Hernández says that as she listened to the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship speak during Monday night’s board meeting, it validated the reason why she chose education.

“It is our duty to provide excellent education and equity to ALL students; we owe it to them and we start by selecting high quality educators who have a PASSION for education and for ALL students.

“I am looking forward in joining Dr. Parra and the Irving ISD team in continuing our mission of reaching the highest level of achievement by engaging learners to become critical thinkers, leaders, and contributors in a diverse and competitive world,” Hernández said.

Hernández graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and later returned to TWU where she earned her master’s degree in educational administration. She also holds superintendent certification from the University of North Texas and is pursuing a doctorate of educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University.

Hernández will begin her new role in Irving on June 23, replacing Karry Chapman who has been serving as interim assistant superintendent of administration and is stepping down June 30.