October Monthly Message to Team Lufkin ISD

Dear Team Lufkin ISD,

We have an amazing school district. There are many positive things going on at any point of the day on our campuses and in our classrooms. I have had the privilege of experiencing some amazing activities throughout Panther Nation, too many to mention all of them. I was able to see and smell firsthand the 7th graders dissecting sharks in the middle school science lab. It was incredible to see that the liver is actually 2/3 the size of the body and the heart is tiny. It looks like we have some future doctors or marine biologists at the middle school. I have also had the opportunity to watch some LHS tennis and volleyball, two of my favorites. I am super proud of our cross-country team for winning the recent 16-5A district cross-country meet. The athletic talent in this district is quite impressive, which is a credit to our coaching staff.

Literacy is one of our focuses this year, and I love seeing our staff and teachers model and share the importance of reading. At Lufkin Middle School and Anderson Elementary, teachers and staff are writing what they are currently reading on white boards or large posters that are mounted outside their classrooms. Our students need to know and understand the value of reading and see us reading, too. By the way, I am reading Word Class Learners by Yong Zhao right now. I also volunteered in the HOSTS lab this week, and that was such a rewarding experience for me. Our HOSTS lab has over 100 volunteers who come in weekly to read with our third graders at Brandon Elementary. It’s so organized and fun for both the volunteer and the student. Keep on reading!

The Realtors Breakfast at Lufkin High School was such a huge success. Local realtors joined us for breakfast and for a tour of the high school. There were three students who spoke after a brief welcome, introduction, and overview by the high school administrators. Our high school did an outstanding job sharing the success of our students, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our great staff. Our culinary arts classes cooked and served the breakfast. A lot of times, realtors are the first people who newcomers meet when they move to Lufkin. We will be hosting Realtor Breakfasts periodically to show them our district.

I appreciate all the hard work you do every day. 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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