Aug. 28, 2014 
 Lydia Walden named HPISD Director of Academics & Support Services
Lydia Walden has been named the new HPISD Director of Academics & Support Services.
Walden comes to HPISD from Como-Pickton ISD where she has served as Assistant Superintendent for State, Federal and Special Programs since 2007. Her career in education spans nearly 30 years, and she has served as a junior high principal, an elementary principal and as a teacher. She began her career teaching first grade in Mt. Vernon ISD, and has taught in Sulphur Springs and Garland ISDs.

"We are pleased to welcome Lydia Walden to our HPISD family as Director of Academics & Support Services," Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Special Programs Gena Gardiner said. "She is a proven leader whose experience, skills and depth of knowledge make her a perfect fit for this important position."

Walden received her bachelor's degree from East Texas State University and her master's degree from Texas A&M University - Commerce. She earned her superintendent certification from the Bill Ratliff Superintendent Academy at Texas A&M University - Commerce, and she currently serves on the Texas Association of School Administrators' Central Office Advisory Committee. 

"I am so blessed to be provided the opportunity to join the HPISD administrative leadership team," Walden said. "I am excited to be a part of a nationally recognized, innovative school district that is committed to excellence." 

Walden has been married for 33 years to her husband, Eric, a University Park police officer since 1994. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.  

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