New Staff Members Attend Luncheon Friday

Zach Jones and Haley Bass

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New staff members attended the LISD New Teacher Inservice on Friday. Teachers met with LISD staff at the First United Methodist Church for a welcome breakfast, trainings at the junior high, and a welcome luncheon at First Baptist Church.

“It’s very exciting to meet our new teachers each year because they come in with an enthusiasm to do great things for our students,” Lori Anderson, Director of Federal Programs and Assessment, said. “They’re just ready to learn about Lindale and find out what they need to do to be successful.”

Dozens of new teachers ate breakfast at the First United Methodist Church before moving over to the junior high. There, they attended specialized classes where they learned about Skyward, Google Drive, Google Classroom, and the other tools they will use to help create curriculum for their students.

“I am super excited,” Tracie Rand, Junior High principal, said. “We did a great job finding qualified candidates and teachers that are eager to come and work with our seventh and eighth grade students.”

With the new teachers, new classes will also be coming to the high school. In these classes students can find more specialized approaches that they may wish to pursue in their future career path.

I am really excited to be teaching in the Lindale community. I have heard great things about the students and am ready for a great year.”

— teacher Emily Covington

“I will be teaching engineering, architecture, and interior design,” new high school teacher Emily Covington said. “I am really excited to be teaching in the Lindale community. I have heard great things about the students and am ready for a great year.”

These new teachers come from a variety of places. Some are recent college graduates, while others have taught at different school districts over the years, bringing a variety of new experiences to Lindale. 

“Before coming to Lindale, I worked at Gladewater ISD at their middle school teaching sixth grade math,” new E.J. Moss teacher James Ellis said. “I did my student teaching here, and I know there are going to be great students coming up.”

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