One hundred and forty-five committed Lexington ISD faculty and staff gathered together this Monday for training in preparation for the first day of school on Monday, August 27th. Dr. Frances McArthur, Superintendent of Schools introduced new staff members.
“I cannot believe how fortunate we have been in being able to recruit and hire the super star candidates that are joining us this year. We are fortunate to be in a community where teachers want to be and want their own children to go to school, because clearly this group of educators could have had their pick of job opportunities,” said Dr. McArthur.”
Nancy Hasskarl has left Cameron ISD to join Lexington Elementary Schools’ first grade team. Dawn Leen is joining LES’s second grade teachers, coming from Hutto ISD, and Stephannie Pelham, a Lexington graduate, is coming back to her Alma mater to teach third grade.
Also returning to her Alma mater is Candace Weiser, who will be teaching sixth grade science and assisting some with middle school counseling at Lexington Middle School (LMS). Coach Amanda Player will be teaching Reading for both LMS and LHS.
Many secondary students have already met Nora Mosby at band camp this summer, where she has already spread her enthusiasm for music to current and future band students.
Lexington secondary students will not only have a new head softball coach and Women’s Coordinator with Coach Kristy Bradford, they will also be getting an experienced and motivating health teacher. Gloria Richardson, who has been teaching Spanish at LES, has moved up to secondary as the LHS Spanish teacher, and Coach Josh Tidwell will be teaching Social Studies, as well as taking Coach Conway’s place as Assistant Baseball Coach. Coach Dylan Conway has taken Coach Craig Finley’s place as Head Baseball Coach, and will continue to teach middle school Social Studies.
First day training included a State of the School address by Dr. Frances McArthur, as well as training on teaching strategies that take advantage of what the brain does best.
“While Monday was the first official day back for all faculty and staff, most of our staff have been here for the several weeks, getting their classrooms ready, and working with our student athletes and band members on their own time”, said Dr. McArthur. “Our schools are successful because of a dedicated staff with a common goal – to do what is best for our students,” she continued. “I want to assure parents who are experiencing the normal anxiety that comes with sending their child to kindergarten for the first time, or sending a child into middle school or high school for the first time, to rest assured that our teachers will welcome their children with open arms and make them feel comfortable from the start. Our teachers are ready to greet your children and make the 2012-2013 school year the best year ever.”