Girl Boss 2018: Sara Bonser

Transitioning from classroom teacher to school administrator was not something Sara Bonser planned to do when she began her education career 28 years ago. However, that’s exactly where she ended up recently as Plano Independent School District’s first female superintendent.

While this may be a first for our district, Sara is keenly aware of what remains the same. “Plano has gone from very small to very big, but we are still committed to the same level of excellence in our schools. What we expect of ourselves on behalf of the kids has not changed; it is unwavering.”

Sara, who has 18 years of experience within Plano ISD, began her time teaching in Plano at Shepton High School in 1992. She left the district in 2010 to take on executive leadership roles in Rockwall Independent School District but knew she eventually wanted to come back to Plano.

She returned here in May last year to fill the role of interim deputy superintendent for the district until last November. At that point she became interim superintendent, and this April, she was appointed as Plano ISD’s superintendent. 

Although she was surprised the first time she heard mentioned that she’s the district’s first female superintendent, she does not take the responsibility lightly. “It means a lot to me that other women or girls would see me as a role model for women in leadership roles.”

Sara finds strength in her team. “The role of superintendent is about more than just one person. It is a heartfelt promise by our district and community to our children, and the superintendent is the promise keeper.”

According to individuals who have worked closely with Sara over the years, she is not only a leader but an advocate for the education system. “She is leading the initiative to embrace every student’s strengths and inspire every teacher to personalize his or her approach in developing every student’s potential,” said Plano School Board President Missy Bender.

“Every door that can be opened for our students is opened, and we allow them to walk through it,” Sara said.

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