Darwin Prater Spiller
Darwin Prater Spiller is executive director of elementary instruction, operations, and leadership for 14 schools in the Richardson Independent School District, Texas. He has served as classroom teacher, school support officer, assistant principal, and principal. In his current role, he mentors, coaches, and supervises principals while assisting with the implementation of professional learning communities at the central administrative level.
Darwin previously served as principal of Stults Road Elementary School in Dallas, Texas (also a Richardson ISD school). Labeled a “power principal,” he led his campus to a front-cover feature story in the Texas School Business magazine for his work in establishing results-driven professional learning communities. As a result of dramatic increases in student performance, Stults Road Elementary became a National Distinguished Title 1 School. His journey is featured in the book Growing into Equity: Professional Learning and Personalization in High-Achieving Schools.
Darwin is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Texas Association of Black School Educators, Learning Forward, and Richardson East Rotary. He previously served as a committee member with the marketing and research division of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
Darwin earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Langston University and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy study from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently a full-time doctoral student focusing on educational leadership at Dallas Baptist University.