Dr. Darryl Henson

Superintendent of Schools for the Marlin Independent School District

Dr. Darryl J. Henson, a native of Houston, currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Marlin Independent School District, a rural district southeast of Waco. Within his first two years leading the district, Marlin ISD experienced unprecedented gains on state assessment results. During the 2021-2022 school year, the district earned an academic rating of an 86 (B), eradicating ten consecutive years of failed or ‘F’ ratings from the Texas Education Agency. These turnaround efforts led to Marlin ISD having the highest student achievement growth in the state, a fifteen percent increase in student enrollment, and a reinvigorated sense of school spirit and community pride. Marlin ISD is not only recognized locally, but across the state and nation as a leader in school improvement. Most notably, Marlin Elementary School has been named a National Demonstration School and Marlin ISD a State Demonstration District by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

In the early years of his career, Dr. Henson served as a fourth-grade teacher in the Austin Independent School District, followed by teaching middle and high school mathematics and special education in the Pflugerville and Houston ISDs. His first leadership position came when he was promoted to an instructional specialist at John H. Reagan High School in the Houston Independent School District.

Prior to joining Marlin ISD, Dr. Henson served as the Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership in Cedar Hill ISD. In this role, he supervised, supported, and coached all the district’s campuses and principals, as well as the curriculum and instruction department. Prior to his appointment in Cedar Hill ISD, Dr. Henson served as the principal of North Forest High School in the Houston Independent School District, principal of Parkland High School in the Ysleta Independent School District, and with other experiences as a classroom teacher, coach, and principal in the Austin, Houston, and El Paso regions.

During his tenures at North Forest and Parkland high schools, both campuses experienced unparalleled gains on state assessments. Parkland High School was one of the 1.9% of Texas schools to earn all seven Distinction Designations from the Texas Education Agency. Under his leadership, Dr. Henson led the efforts of guiding North Forest High School in earning the highest student progress measure of all Achieve 180 high school campuses in the Houston Independent School District in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Throughout the years, Dr. Henson has been regarded for his passion and vibrant personality as he has built lasting relationships with students and communities across Texas. Dr. Henson firmly believes that culture, curriculum, and community are the pillars of establishing and maintaining a thriving school system.

Dr. Henson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. Dr. Henson has professional affiliations with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, and Texas Association of School Administrators.