Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith grew up in Dallas before accepting a full scholarship to Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. She returned to earn her B.S. degree from the University of Texas/Dallas in Special Education and English and a Master’s degree from East Texas State in Educational Administration. She then completed her Doctoral degree at Texas Tech, where she later served as an instructor in the doctoral and master’s programs. For over three decades she taught in all grade levels – with special needs students, served as a principal, as Special Education Director, and as Assistant Superintendent in Marble Falls ISD and Lake Travis ISD. She retired briefly after serving as Associate Director for the State of Texas (through the Texas Region XIII Education Service Center) to work with 100+ districts across the state in focused initiatives to turnaround low-performing schools. The past four years she served as Superintendent of schools in a South Texas district before retiring permanently.
Dr. Clinesmith and her husband, Jerry, moved from the Dallas area to Horseshoe Bay in 1996 as full time residents. Her husband, Jerry, retired from Siemens Corporation in 2009 and has served on the Emergency Services District Board since then. They have 3 daughters and six ‘amazing’ grandchildren (in the Dallas/Austin areas) who join them in many activities in Horseshoe Bay each year. The Clinesmiths consider living in Horseshoe Bay to be a special blessing they will continue to honor through volunteer services across the city and good neighbor practice.