Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Pauline M. Sampson

Second Advisor

Dr. Patrick M. Jenlink

Third Advisor

Dr. Kerry L. Roberts


This narrative non-fiction study was designed to investigate the lived experiences of three female superintendents in the state of Texas who have lived in poverty during their youth and early life. The participating female superintendents were contacted by this researcher through email. The information used in this study was collected from participating superintendents through interviews and analyzed to find the common themes that exist between the lived experiences of each female superintendent from poverty as she progressed through the stages of development in life. The information was also analyzed to ascertain how she was able to elevate out of poverty to become the leader of a high poverty district and how she is able to use her lived experiences to help students who live in poverty.

The study indicated that many of the female superintendents from poverty were able to elevate out of poverty by using their religion, relying on the positive influences of key people in their lives and by improving themselves through education and school experiences.

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