Shawntee' Cowan was named Director of Technology in Duncanville ISD November of 2014. She is a Texas native who holds a BS degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master's degree from Lamar University in Educational and Technology Leadership. She offers 17 years of experience in fields of technology and education. The knowledge that she has gained serving in the classroom, campus administration and the technology department allows her to provide a connection with students, staff and the community.
Her department is very customer-focused and data-driven. Her teams’ customer service survey ratings average of between 95-98% each month. Shawntee’ consistently ensures that her Technology staff provides quality service that empower students, community and staff to utilize, explore and create using innovative and engaging technology tools and resources which prepare our students to be productive citizens and contribute to a global society.
Her day to day responsibilities include the direct oversight and management of 12 staff members consisting of 3 Instructional Technology Coordinators, 1 Certified Apple Specialist, 6 Campus Support Technicians and 3 Help Desk Technicians. She verifies that all aspects of their jobs are performed properly and that all district end users are receiving the appropriate support needed. Shawntee’s immense attention to detail and focus-driven mindset has led her to be an extremely strong leader for all her direct reports.
The vast number of processes and procedures that she is developed and implemented has led to an overall increase in work productivity, efficiency and accuracy in her department. Her ability to communicate and collaborate with staff and stakeholders inside and outside her department have resulted in meaningful relationships that have ultimately led to student success.
Shawntee’ has served as the leader of a district-wide technology standardization implementation. She oversaw more than 15 different focus group meetings varying from staff to students. After establishing the standards for all classrooms, Shawntee’ managed and the overall deployment and installation of all district technology items, which included a combined total of over $4,000,000 in new technology for all classrooms.
Shawntee’s vast classroom and administrative instructional experience lead the district to expand the instructional technology department, establish a means to survey and monitor teacher technology growth. She ensures that technology purchases are aligned to an instructional vision as well as her district’s strategic plan and mission. With her district making for all such large investments in technology, Shawntee’ was tasked with ensuring that just-in-time training was conducted teachers. Her outstanding success of managing the overall roll-out is apparent in each classroom district-wide.
She is a family woman who values hard work. She has vast knowledge and experience, and she respects and values all individuals that she has the pleasure of serving.