When asked his philosophy on education, Dr. Roosevelt Nivens takes a bold stand, “Educating our young people is my ministry. I welcome the responsibility of teaching young boys how to become young men, how to take responsibility for their own actions, and how to love their families. I teach them they are to be great men, husbands, and fathers…in that order. I also have the opportunity to show the young ladies how they are to be treated by a man and I am able to show them nothing is more important than self respect.” Roosevelt teaches three simple principles to his students; make people happy to see you coming and not going, be dependable, and be productive. His passion is to cultivate a school environment where young men and young women are encouraged to mature into responsible adults.
Roosevelt was born and raised in Langston, Oklahoma. Education comes naturally to Roosevelt; his dad, Roosevelt Sr., was an educator for 46 years and his mom, Barbara, was a teacher for 36 years. In 1990, Roosevelt majored in Education while attending Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, on a football scholarship. He later graduated from college in 1995 and realized his life-long dream of playing professional football. However, his football career was quickly halted due to an injury and he found himself executing his “back-up plan”, using his degree in education.
In 1996 he began his teaching and coaching career with Dallas Independent School District and later, in 2001, he found his way to the principalship with Lancaster Independent School District. He has served as Assistant Principal at Lancaster Jr. High and Lancaster High School. He later moved, in 2005, to become Principal at Lancaster Middle School. His last campus position was Principal of Lancaster High School for four years. He later served the students, staff, and community as Assistant Superintendent. In July of 2015, he was appointed to be Superintendent of Community ISD. Dr. Nivens earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University – Commerce.