Dr. Dionel C. Waters

Executive Director, Tarrant County


Prior to joining IDEA Public School, Dr. Waters served as a principal for 10 years (elementary, middle, and high school) in Dallas ISD and IL Texas (Arlington K-8 & North Richland Hills K-8).

In addition to serving as a campus principal, Dr. Waters is an Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a former math teacher from Uplift Education and Fort Worth ISD as well as internationally in Camden New South Wales, Australia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Child Development from Morehouse College, a Masters of Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University, a dual Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University, and a Ph.D. in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Waters has authored several articles in different educational journals as well as published a book “Preparing for the First 90-Days of the Principalship.” A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Waters currently resides in Desoto, Texas with his wife and two children.

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