Meet Our Superintendent
James Colbert Jr.
James Colbert Jr. is an educational leader with a passion for students and a strong background in collaboration, communication and child advocacy. A visionary and systems-oriented thinker, Colbert is skilled at implementing comprehensive plans that reflect the current and long-term needs of an organization and is dedicated to building positive relationships with all stakeholders.
Colbert has more than 20 years of diverse educational experience in multiple states, including being a special education teacher, coach, high school administrator, district administrator, superintendent, and county superintendent.
Colbert joined Harris County Department of Education in 2014 as superintendent, where he is responsible for programs and services that support 25 districts and benefit 1 million students, representing approximately 20% of the students in the state of Texas.
Colbert is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he competed in NCAA Division I athletics as a triple-jumper, and holds a Master of Education in Education Administration from Texas State University.
Did You Know?
- The 2021–2022 school year kicked off on August 20, 2021, with the superintendent welcoming the staff back with style—Let's Rodeo! Although virtual, the superintendent met with Uni, Clint, Mr. T, and students and staff from the equine therapy program. Colbert also met with HCDE staff to personally welcome them back for another fun and exciting school year.
- The Connector, the superintendent's newsletter to the board, is published each week with a personal message from Mr. Colbert, upcoming events, previous activities, and more.
- To kick off the school year, Superintendent Colbert hosts an annual staff meeting at which all HCDE employees gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the prior year and hear from the superintendent about HCDE's vision for the future. In 2019, Superintendent Colbert debuted a personalized cartoon to showcase the dedication, collaboration, and spirit of teamwork which resides at HCDE. The Realm of Possibility is a fictional representation of HCDE's dedication to the children of our community.