Teachers, staff work for future of our children

On any given weekday, the students at Lufkin ISD are preparing for their future. A future that is molded and sculpted by some of the finest people you will ever meet … members of Team Lufkin ISD. It has been my privilege as superintendent of Lufkin ISD to work among excellence, but I’m also excited that my own children are surrounded by people who love what they do and love children.

We recently hosted a reception for our new teachers to see how their first year at Lufkin ISD was going. These teachers were very complimentary of the support they are receiving from their principals, colleagues and support staff. This does not surprise me. We work among the best in the state and not afraid to say it. Our employees go above and beyond and at the end of the day, students learn above and beyond.

Since my appointment last spring, I have been looking at our teachers’ classrooms, listening to how they inspire students to reach their full potential, and learning about their instructional processes and curriculum resources. What I have seen has enriched and edified me. I have found a team where all teachers and instructional staff are involved in continual personal academic growth that enlightens the lives of our students.

As we plan to grow Team Lufkin ISD, we are seeking quality candidates who more than measure up to what our district wants, needs and should have, not for the sake of earning a paycheck, but for something far more precious — the future of our children. If you possess these qualities and want to be part of Team Lufkin ISD, join us for our upcoming job fair on Tuesday, April 1 at the Lufkin High School cafeteria. We’re not only looking for teachers, we need quality bus drivers and auxiliary employees as well. Come by and meet our principals, directors, staff and see why our employees are known to be the best.

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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