Superintendent Trish Hanks
Trish Hanks has served as the Superintendent of Friendswood ISD since July 2002. She has 38 years of experience in public education and began her career in Friendswood as a high school teacher. After serving in various administrative roles, including campus administration, Director of Special Education and Student Services, Assistant and Deputy Superintendent, Mrs. Hanks was named the Superintendent of Schools. Friendswood ISD and every campus has been rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency, as well as being recognized as a leading district in efficiency and effectiveness, under her leadership. She successfully led the passage of two bond referendums, one being the largest in the district’s history, which improved and expanded the district’s facilities.
Mrs. Hanks holds a Masters Degree in Science from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and 60 postgraduate hours with certification in mid-management and the Superintendency. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. In 2016, SHSU presented Mrs. Hanks with the Distinguished Educator Award.
Adhering to the District’s mission of Lead to Achieve Excellence, Mrs. Hanks has served in several leadership positions. She served as President of the State Academic Decathlon Board, a member of the Executive Committee for the Texas Association of School Administrators, and has been on the Region IV Executive Advisory Committee. She was elected to represent Region IV as the Study Group Chairman and served in that role one year. Under her leadership, she and several administrators joined the TASA Visioning Institute. She has been appointed a Superintendent Mentor by the state and has mentored several area Superintendents. She is also a member of the Friendswood Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, an active member of the Education Advisory Committee of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, the City of Friendswood Economic Development Council and a non-voting member of the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce. She is active in Mary Queen church in Friendswood and served several years on the Pastoral Council.
Trish and Bruce Hanks have been married 36 years and have two children, both Friendswood graduates and graduates of Texas A&M and Texas State University. Mr. and Mrs. Hanks are the proud grandparents of four.
Under her leadership, Friendswood ISD has consistently ranked among the highest 1 percent of school districts in student performance in Texas. SAT scores have improved from a 1076 average to a 1117 average and the number of Advanced Placement tests have increased over 300 percent from 226 tests taken to 681 tests taken. All six campuses have earned the Texas Education’s Exemplary rating as well as the district being named Exemplary. According to the TEA website, FISD is one of only 5 school districts in the state to achieve 10 or more Gold Performance Acknowledgements last year. The largest bond program in Friendswood history was successfully passed and with it was the erection of the new Friendswood Junior High School located in Centennial Park in Friendswood. FISD has achieved a Superior financial rating every year from TEA. She has kept the district in strong financial position and has steadily but modestly increased the revenue fund while holding in line on expenditures. She oversees the highest performing district in the Greater Houston Metroplex and Region IV service area.