March 23, 2023 - William Paul comes to White Oak after most recently serving as the superintendent of Windthorst ISD. In almost 20 years, Dr. Paul has served as a teacher, coach, middle school and high school principal prior to becoming a superintendent. As a teacher, his specialty was high school social studies and he taught grade level and advanced placement classes.
Dr. Paul is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from L.D. Bell High School before earning a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2003. Advised and attracted to administration, he pursued a master's degree in administration from Lamar, finishing in 2011, and in 2019 graduated from Texas Tech with a doctorate in Educational Leadership.
William has been married to RaKel, an educator, for 19 years and they have 4 children: MagdaLynn, a freshman nursing student at Midwestern State; Maverick a freshman, Maddox a 6th grader, and McKenna a 4th grader.
When asked what attracted him to White Oak: "White Oak has a reputation around the state for being the premier school district in East Texas. The Roughneck Tradition of academic and extra-curricular prowess speaks for itself. This is a place with high expectations from the community, board, administration and staff which allows our students to achieve at a high level and prepare them for excellence in the real world. Every parent wants their child in a district like this one and that's no different for us. Professionally, it was an opportunity that I just had to pursue for all of the reasons listed above. I am honored to have the chance to serve the community of White Oak as superintendent and thank the school board for their vote of confidence. I look forward to building on the excellence that Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Gray helped establish before me and want to learn from the outstanding staff we have in place. I am excited about the opportunity White Oak provides and can't wait to get to work."