Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz
Superintendent of Schools
At the May 5, 2021 special meeting of the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees, the Board unanimously approved to hire Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Morris-Kuentz, who most recently served as Deputy Superintendent at Lake Travis ISD, was named lone finalist for the position on April 13, 2021. She started in her new role May 6, 2021.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join this amazing team and to serve in Dripping Springs,” said Dr. Morris-Kuentz. “Over the last 11 years I have had wonderful experiences leading in a fast-growth district and love the work of engaging a community in that process. I know that, as a growing district, there is much work ahead and I am excited to roll up my sleeves and begin. I want to thank the staff, parents and community members who have reached out and given me a warm welcome. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of the Dripping Springs ISD community.”
“We are delighted to vote to hire Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz as the next Superintendent of schools for Dripping Springs ISD,” said Board President Barbara Stroud. “We need a strong leader who will bring long-term stability to the position of Superintendent, and we believe Dr. Morris-Kuentz is that person. Our district has always been blessed by the support of our parents and community members who understand that a successful and effective school system benefits our students and all community stakeholders. I am confident that our parents and community members will welcome Dr. Morris-Kuentz and support her as she leads our district into the future.”
Dr. Morris-Kuentz has served in neighboring Lake Travis ISD since 2009, and currently is the Deputy Superintendent. In that role, she provides leadership for 11 elementary and secondary principals, as well as the Curriculum and Instruction, Communications, Development and Corporate Relations, Administrative and Legal Services departments. Dr. Morris-Kuentz has worked collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders on key district needs including attendance zones, safety and security, and long range planning.
Dr. Morris-Kuentz also serves on the Executive Committees of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Curriculum and Development, and is a member of the Fast-Growth School Coalition. During her tenure at LTISD, she served as acting superintendent, and has supervised the Human Resources, Athletics, and Fine Arts departments.
Dr. Morris-Kuentz and her husband, John, a middle school teacher, are the proud parents of Timothy, Mikaela and Samuel. Her educational background consists of a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.