College & Career Readiness & Innovation
Our focus is to support every student to be college and career ready from pre-kindergarten through high school. To accomplish this, we boost college and career readiness by preparing our students for the day they graduate from high school, to be qualified and succeed in postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their career path(s). Being prepared for college and careers offers our students skills needed for training, preparation in academics, planning their lives, and provides resources and social support. These skills are learned from childhood and stay with our student on through adulthood.
Nereida Cantu, Ph.D.
Dr. Nereida (Nellie) Cantu serves as the Judson ISD Assistant Superintendent for College and Career Readiness and Innovation. She brings 20+ years of experience in public education.
Cantu is a committed school administrator. She began her career in South Texas, while completing her undergraduate studies. Once she obtained her education certification she taught various classes including English to students in Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses. Through dedication and hard work she earned numerous awards from business and community partners. After completing her master’s in mid-management, she served as a middle school curriculum facilitator and a high school assistant principal.
Cantu continued her educational career and served as an assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in various districts in South Texas. After several years in Texas she relocated to the Denver Colorado, to serve as the Deputy Chief Academic Officer. She accepted and provided oversight to all core content areas, including Gifted and Talented Education, English Language Acquisition, Special Education Department, and Instructional Technology. She enjoyed the opportunity to work in an urban school district where she made lifelong friends. She returned to Texas to be closer to family.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. She volunteers time and serves on various boards in her community. When Dr. Cantu is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Nereida Cantu, Ph.D.
of Post-Secondary Education
and College &Career & Readiness
(210) 945-6918 FAX