Stiles Middle School

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Stiles Middle School




Opened in 2012, Leander ISD's eighth middle school — Florence W. Stiles Middle School — was named after longtime resident and former educator, Florence Wallace Stiles. Mrs. Stiles was born and raised in Leander in an area now known as Old Town. She graduated as salutatorian from Leander High School in 1945 and went on to earn a degree in business administration and two teaching certifications from the University of Texas in 1948.

Mrs. Stiles had a storied teaching career in LISD and made important civic contributions to the community as a charter member of the Leander Chamber of Commerce and founding member of the Leander Public Library. The naming of this middle school honors Mrs. Stiles' example of dedication, stewardship and life-long learning.



5 Questions with Principal Susan Cole

Q: What's something about yourself that would surprise your students/staff?

A: I grew up in a small town, and we would go country and western dancing every weekend. I love to two step!

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: For fun, I like to run, read and spend time with my family — my husband and my two daughters, who are 11 and 12 years old.

Q: What was your favorite subject in school?

A: My favorite subject was Language Arts. I have always enjoyed reading and writing.

Q: What is your campus' biggest strength?

A: Our campus' biggest strength is our culture of collaboration. And we care about kids and make decisions based on what is best for kids.

Q: Why are you here?

A: I'm here because I love what I do. I learn every day along with the students and staff, and I continuously strive to get better.

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