Herbert O'Neil is Hempstead ISD's Superintendent. He began his career as an English teacher and coach in Waller ISD. O'Neil went on to serve as campus principal at the intermediate, middle, and high school levels, as a central office administrator in human resources, leadership and instruction, and as Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership in Greenville ISD.
Mr. O’Neil earned both his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and his master’s degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. During and after his time at Prairie View A&M, Mr. O’Neil was a resident and active member in the Hempstead community.
A native of Hearne, O'Neil said being raised by educators inspired him to become a teacher and eventually, an educational leader.
"I saw the life-changing difference a teacher could make, and I will never lose my love for being in the classroom," he said. "As superintendent, I look forward to getting to know all the educators, students and community members in Hempstead."
One of the things that resonated with O'Neil is Hempstead ISD's commitment to student success.
"That says it all. The sense of unity and focus on a common goal of success, particularly for our young people, is inspiring," he said.