High hopes for new school year

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year. I am honored and humbled to serve as your Lufkin ISD superintendent as we prepare to educate and uplift the children of our community.

Improving the academic achievement of all students in Lufkin ISD will serve as the primary focus of my work. In order for Lufkin ISD to go from good to great, the same focus must be reflected on the part of all staff and community members.

I wholeheartedly appreciate the encouragement and insight that many of you have provided since my appointment in April. I am energized by the interest, spirit of support and partnerships already extended by those in and throughout the Lufkin community.

The issue of educating and uplifting the children of Lufkin ISD is not a question of resources as it is a question of determination. Yes, we can always benefit from having “more.” However, “more” will not suffice if we don’t have “enough” people who care, love, believe and work fervently to educate and make a difference in the lives of all our students.

As your Lufkin ISD superintendent, I have high expectations for myself, our school board, administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and community.

A quality education does not come easy. In my commitment to Team LISD, I expect our board of trustees to provide the unified vision required for our district to produce well-rounded citizens.

I expect our campus principals, instructional coaches, department directors and central office staff to provide the leadership necessary to increase student achievement.

I expect our teachers and instructional staff to ensure all students are provided access to a quality education through rigorous yet engaging instruction.

I expect our police, transportation, maintenance, health services and custodial staff to safeguard our students’ basic needs to feel nourished, safe, secure, protected and loved.

I expect our parents to encourage their students to excel and value education.

I expect our community members to join Team LISD as role models and mentors for our young people to emulate.

Lastly, I expect our students to work hard to reach their full potential and to make responsible decisions about the life they want to lead.

Education is a joint venture, and Team LISD is ready for the challenge. I openly challenge each of you to intentionally seek opportunities to make a difference in Lufkin ISD. If we each do our part and not allow failure to be an option or mediocrity to be the standard, we will be a premiere school district where students graduate with more than a diploma: choices and opportunities.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer! Take time to pause, reflect, rekindle, renew and to celebrate life.

We have a great school year ahead of us as we unite with ‘‘One Voice,’’ to allow ‘‘One Vision’’ to drive Team LISD to strengthen the alignment of resources, increase standardization of instructional and business functions, and improve communication and collaboration. I look forward to us all playing a major role in Team LISD.

Published by drgoffney

Dr. LaTonya Goffney was named Lufkin ISD Superintendent in 2013. A native of Coldspring, Dr. Goffney began her career as a language arts teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD. Additionally, she served as assistant principal and principal before serving as superintendent at Coldspring-Oakhurst for five years. Dr. Goffney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English, a Master of Education degree in administration, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership, all from Sam Houston State University. In her new role as Superintendent of Lufkin ISD, Dr. Goffney has focused on building community support. She has established an Education Foundation to enhance educational opportunities for all students through innovative teacher grants, a Strategic Planning group involving more than 100 community members and created a Hispanic advisory committee called the Nuestras Madres to connect with the Hispanic mothers in the district. She implemented the Panther Community Forums, which are quarterly meetings to address topics with the community and parents. Dr. Goffney began the Team Lufkin ISD Student Ambassadors, a high school student advisory group to the superintendent. Annually, she hosts Lufkin ISD Evento en Español to inform the Hispanic community of educational opportunities. Dr. Goffney was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award selected by the faculty of Sam Houston State University College of Education. She was named as one of only 22 members of the 2012-2013 Class of Phi Delta Kappa International Emerging Leaders. The PDK Emerging Leaders program recognizes top educators from across the world. She currently serves on the following civic boards: Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, The Coalition, and Angelina County Economic Development. She is president-elect of the Texas Council of Women School Executives and was recently elected as recording secretary to the Texas Association of Black School Educators. Dr. Goffney also serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dr. Goffney is married to Joseph Goffney. They have two children, Joseph, Jr., 14, and Joslyn, 10. Dr. Goffney and her husband, Joseph, have co-authored a book titled All is Well as a tribute to their special needs son. Their story has been featured in several local magazines.

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