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About the Chief

About the Chief

Connie Gray serves Zapata County ISD as the Chief Instructional Officer. As CIO, she supervises the Departments of: Curriculum-Instruction & Assessment, Special Education, Bilingual/ESL & Compensatory Education, CTE-College & Career Readiness-Advanced Academics, and all ZCISD Campuses.

Ms. Gray has extensive knowledge in specialized fields, including curriculum, instruction, assessment, data disaggregation, state and federal accountability systems, and technology.

Ms. Gray has been with the district since 1998. She began her tenure as a secondary science teacher at Zapata High School and later branched out in teaching technology applications courses. Courses taught included: Biology, Pre-AP Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry, Physics, Pre-AP Physics, Integrated Physics & Chemistry, Webmastery, and Digital Graphics/Animation. While at ZHS, Ms. Gray was active with UIL Academics, coaching several teams: Science (1998 – 2005), Calculator (2003 – 2005), Number Sense (2003 – 2005), Computer Applications & Computer Science (assistant coach) (1999 – 2005).
Since 2005, Ms. Gray has been a central office administrator at ZCISD. She came to central office to primarily support the coordination of science and instructional technology integration. As her duties evolved, Ms. Gray coordinated PEIMS, Instructional Material Adoptions, District-Wide Benchmarking, and District-Wide Instructional Professional Development.

Most recently, Ms. Gray has been the Director of Assessment whereupon she managed the comprehensive state assessment information and activities for the district, ensured consistency and integrity, and managed and monitored compliance with federal and state assessment and accountability mandates and policies.

Ms. Gray believes our first and foremost responsibility is to enrich and enhance the lives of our community’s children. Education must engage students and support them for success, maximizing on their individualized potential. We must strive to develop students’ curiosity, creativity, communication skills, and critical thinking capacity. The goal is to produce students who are articulate, expressive, and lifelong learners; students who ultimately will be socially responsible and active citizens of the global community.
Educational Experience & Certificates:
  • Google Level 1 Certified Educator
  • Google Level 2 Certified Educator
  • T-TESS Certified
  • Principal Certificate, PDAS, ILD Certified – Region 1 Educational Service Center
  • Master of Education – University of Texas, Brownsville
  • Master Technology Teacher Certificate -- Region 1 Educational Service Center/UTB
  • Secondary Teaching Certificate – Texas A&M International University, Laredo
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry Major – Texas A&M University, College Station