Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Austin
By Lauren Jones, Photo by Courtney Runn
Misty Poe, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Austin, has been on a mission to promote education for the last 21 years and has served as a teacher and administrator in various Catholic elementary and middle schools throughout Central Texas. Poe’s third-grade teacher, Mrs. Brooks, not only inspired her to become a great teacher, but also a kindhearted one and gave her special attention. Poe came to find out all the additional, caring assistance was actually intervention for dyslexia. She knew then and there that compassion in education was a driving force behind any teacher’s success in the classroom. Although she never imagined leaving the classroom as a teacher, her then principal, first lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, encouraged her to consider administration. In addition to her role as superintendent, Poe is the founder of the Diocesan Leadership Academy for aspiring teachers, a venture inspired by her mentors and her belief in the importance of strong leaders.