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Executive Staff

Phyllis Geans, CPA, CFO, RTSBA

Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance and Chief Financial Officer

In this role, she is responsible for fiscal management, compliance with federal and state policies, and supervision of a staff devoted to managing various operations (i.e., Transportation, Technology and Child Nutrition) at the school district. Phyllis was Budget Director at Lamar University prior to joining the PAISD team. She retired from Entergy Texas in December 2004 as the Business & Operations Manager reporting to the CEO Joe Domino. Phyllis worked for Entergy over 26 years.


Phyllis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas in 1985 and her Masters of Art degree in Information Systems Management from Webster University in 1991. She obtained her Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) license in 1988. She is a 2002 graduate of the Wharton/Entergy Executive Program.


She is very active in her community participating and/or leading efforts in such special events supporting Red Cross, March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis, and Paint-a-Thon. Phyllis was recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Association for her co-leadership of the 2001 Entergy walk-a-thon and sponsorship.  Phyllis was honored by the YWCA in 2000 for her outstanding service to the community.  She served as an Account Executive for the 2001 United Way campaign and as the Corporate Sector Unit Chair in the 2002 campaign.  Prior to moving to Beaumont, Phyllis was on the Little Rock Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for almost 8 years and was a member of the Family Selection Committee for 10 years. She served as 2nd Vice President on the Beaumont Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, and was the Family Selection Committee Chairperson for this organization. In March 2003, she was be promoted to the 1st President. She was the Beaumont Habitat for Humanity recipient of the 2002 Barry F. Long Award for Outstanding Volunteer. 


She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership of Southeast Texas. She has served in several roles on the advisory council. She has been Alumni Chair for LSET for the last few years.  Phyllis has also been a member of the Lone Star Investment Pool Advisory Board since March 2010.  Most recently, she is a board member and on the finance committee for the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center. 

Dr. Melvin Getwood
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary

Dr. Melvin Getwood is a native of Port Arthur, Texas and a graduate of the now defunct Port Arthur Abraham Lincoln High School. Dr. Getwood earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and History from the University of North Texas (formerly known as North Texas State University) in Denton, Texas. He earned the Master of Education in Administration from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Dr. Getwood earned the Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  

Dr. Getwood has served as teacher and coach at both the  middle and high school levels. In addition, he has served as an assistant principal and high school principal. Under his leadership at Abraham Lincoln High School educational opportunities for students were expanded. State and national recognition was earned in the fine arts and athletics for student performance and competition. Lincoln received the Texas Successful Schools Award from TEA for improved TAAS Scores as well as the The Texas Monthly Five Star Award for overall academic success by its students.

He has served on the regional and state Southern Association of Colleges and Schools committees. Additionally, he has served as a Texas School Improvement Initiative representative. He is currently serving as the  Region 5 Director of the Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas (ACET). He has served as director of External Funding and is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.  In these roles Dr. Getwood has worked with the budgeting of grants, Title I Programs, special services for students, and curriculum and instruction.

He is active in civic, community, church, and fraternal organizations. He is married to Yolanda and they are the parents of two children and two grandchildren. Dr. Getwood has remained dedicated to the mission of providing a quality education for all students in the Port Arthur Independent School District.

Robin Arceneaux Beaty
Chief Education Reform Academic Officer

Robin Arceneaux Beaty is a native of Port Arthur, and a graduate of the former Lincoln Senior High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She earned the Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.

Her educational career spans over 27 years, as a Master Teacher in the Houston Independent School District, where she served as a Lead Teacher, and Teacher Facilitator. She has also served as High School Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director.

During her tenure as Principal, she was named Principal of the Year by Region IV Service Center, in Houston, Texas.  

As Chief Academic Officer, she oversees the Student Service operations of the District. Components of her position include supervising Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Librarians, Gifted and Talented Facilitators, Attendance and PEIMS Clerks, and Records Management. She also serves as the District Coordinator for School Improvement.

She is excited to work as a team to develop the students in the Port Arthur Independent School District as productive citizens for the future.

Robin is married to Rahn, and is the mother to son, Carl.

Dr. Kim Vine
Chief Education Reform Officer
Kathy Londow
Director of Personnel