Klein ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jenny McGown, has deep roots in the Klein community serving a 53,000-student public school district in northwest Harris County. She is a dedicated leader who has also served Klein ISD in the roles of deputy superintendent, chief learning officer, executive director, principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher.
Under Dr. McGown’s leadership as superintendent, Klein ISD earned a tremendous achievement by being named the Districts of Distinction - National District of the Year for 2021 by District Administration Magazine, a national publication, for a tradition of excellence and innovation. Leading the District in the roles of Chief Learning Officer and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. McGown had a pivotal focus in developing unique pathways for students to earn advanced degrees before high school graduation, including the Advanced Nursing Pathway and the first-in-the state Geospatial Engineering and Land Surveying Pathway. She also initiated Innovation Challenges that enable students to solve real-world problems creatively— earning state and national-level recognition for STEM education.
Dr. McGown is an educational leader who has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Professionals under 40 across all sectors in the greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal (2017); the Houston BizWoman Headliner in Education (2018); the Outstanding Woman in Education by the American Association of University Women (2019); and the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year (2020). Most recently, Dr. McGown was identified as a Top Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (2020), one of only 24 superintendents in the nation selected, and named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association (2021).
Dr. McGown serves on the LEARN Superintendent Advisory Board, the Google for Education North America K-12 Advisory Board, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Board, and the Northwest Assistance Ministries Board. In Klein ISD, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Klein Education Foundation. Additionally, Dr. McGown is a member of the Lone Star College Chancellor’s Advisory Council. Dr. McGown completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Sam Houston State University.
Outside of professional life, Dr. McGown enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and two children, both Klein ISD students. She and her husband are active members of their church, supporters of the Klein Education Foundation, and are involved in the work of Bridging for Tomorrow.