September Monthly Message to Team Lufkin ISD

Dear Team Lufkin ISD,

Congratulations, we have completed our first month of school and what a remarkable start we’ve had! I wanted to let every one of you know how proud I am of Team Lufkin ISD and how grateful I am for each of your contributions.

I have enjoyed my campus and classroom visits across the district. I am excited to report that I have witnessed engaging teaching and active learning, clean campuses and a lot of smiling faces. My focus has been on visiting our first year teachers’ classrooms and those who are new to to our district. The staff I have met with are thrilled to be at LISD and are very appreciative of all the support they have received. Keep up the great job of welcoming our newcomers to our team.

At the primary and elementary levels, and intentional focus on literacy is evident. We all know how vital literacy is to all areas of learning. Middle school continues to amaze me with the fact that there are three different schedules without any bells. Of course, our high school is the best preparation for college, which is apparent in all that is offered and the number of students who participate in the arts, band, athletics, and advanced academic courses. Recently, LHS hosted a large group of English teachers from a neighboring district for an entire day to learn from our staff. Word spreads when you’re the best!

To all who have polished, painted, mowed; to all who are preparing meals, driving buses, and patrolling campuses; to all who are educating and supporting our children each day – thank you. May we continue to work toward our mission of educating and equipping all students for success through exceptional learning experiences. We are Team Lufkin ISD!

With Panther pride,

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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