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Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Longtime education leader Breaux to head HCDE Research and Evaluation Institute

Current Harris County Department of Education Special Populations Director Darlene Breaux will head the Research and Evaluation Institute as its new director. Breaux joined HCDE in 2016 to oversee continuing professional learning opportunities for teachers who educate students served through special population programs.

“Being the director of special populations has allowed me to work closely with many of the 25 school districts which HCDE serves,” Breaux said. “Having this relationship allowed me to better understand district needs and how the Research and Evaluation Institute can provide information and resources that are supported by research.”

One of her goals as leader is to deliver small, educator friendly highlights and summaries of current research being published through her division.

Breaux, a resident of Alief, is a national trainer, former principal and special services coordinator who has 20 years of service in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University with teacher certifications in ESL and special education. She also earned a master’s in educational management with principal certification from the University of Houston Clear Lake.  She is currently earning her doctorate degree in instructional leadership from Abilene Christian University.

Breaux served as Miss Texas Southern University in 1990-1991. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society and is active in the Alief community as a board member for the Alief YMCA. In addition, she is the former special services coordinator in Alief Independent School District.

Breaux is married and has three children.

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax rate of $.0052. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. HCDE also operates four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated youth who require a low student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. The organization is governed by an elected board of seven trustees and has 1,060 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at .

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