Dr. A. Katrise Perera was appointed superintendent of the Gresham-Barlow School District in 2017. Dr. Perera is the former national director of urban markets division with McGraw Hill Education. Prior to her work with McGraw Hill, she served as superintendent of the Isle of Wight County Schools in Smithfield, Virginia, for four years. During that time she was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.
Dr. Perera’s extensive experience as an educator includes classroom teacher, middle school principal, and area/regional superintendent of the Houston Independent School District which serves more than 200,000 students.
Widely recognized as an innovative and visionary leader for a progressively global learning environment for all grade levels, Dr. Perera has presented and continues to present at national and state conferences.
Dr. Perera completed her doctorate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College – a.k.a. – Virginia Tech in 2014. She also holds a Post-Master’s degree in Administration & Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising with a minor in marketing from the University of Louisiana, where she was also a premiere Division-I college athlete.