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Dr. Ryan Cavazos

Principal | 2018-present

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(972) 923-4771 • 265 Broadhead • Waxahachie, TX 75165


Dr. Ryan Cavazos has fulfilled his heart for education since 2001. His passion for coaching led him to work as an athletic director and head coach with various districts where he also taught Spanish and served as assistant principal and principal.

Dr. Cavazos came to Waxahachie ISD in 2016, where he served as the principal of Challenge Academy/High School of Choice. He transitioned to Howard for the 2018-19 school year.

Dr. Cavazos has excellent leadership skills and fosters a comfortable, collaborative work environment where every member of the Howard team works together to help students succeed.

Dr. Cavazos earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. In 2020, he received his doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Abilene Christian University. His doctoral dissertation was titled, "The Relationship Between Exclusionary Discipline, Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Graduation Rates at 4A, 5A, and 6A High Schools."

Dr. Cavazos has been married to his wife, Stephanie, since 2001, and they have two daughters. Their oldest, Taylor and youngest Ashlyn, are both enrolled in WISD schools. With both daughters competing in volleyball, the Cavazos family has tight-knit relationships with the local athletic community. He enjoys attending Waxahachie High School athletic events and loves to read, play golf, and watch movies.