Kelly Crook

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Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy


Dr. Kelly K. Crook serves as an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

With a myriad of experience in the public school environment, and a product of public schools herself, Dr. Crook was named the first female superintendent of Del Valle ISD in December 2011 and served in the role for eight years. Her financial acumen and long range planning expertise stems from her experience serving for six years as the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations and two years as Director of Accountability for Del Valle ISD. Dr. Crook’s background includes ESL classroom engagement in the Dallas ISD and Frisco ISD, service as middle school assistant principal in Leander ISD, and program specialist at the Texas Education Agency.

A native Austinite, she received her B.S. in Communications/RTF from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S. in Secondary and Higher Education from Texas A&M-Commerce, and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Cooperative Superintendency Program at UT Austin.