LISD students’ goals as diverse as their interests

LISD students’ goals as diverse as their interests
Posted on 03/28/2018
Superintendent's Column

Superintendent's Column 

Every time I am asked about my favorite part of being a superintendent, I have a ready answer: interacting with our students. Our kids are amazing, and I am always impressed by our student body. I recently had the pleasure of speaking one-on-one with 10 students that ranged from elementary age to high school seniors. It was remarkable to hear how our talented teachers and staff were helping them chase their dreams and realize their potential.

In the process, I also was reminded of the diverse interests of our student body. They have a passion for numerous activities, in fact, there were very few students only interested in one or two activities. That type of involvement translates into having the kinds of goals for success that go beyond simply what they want to do for a living in the future.

I talked with a head cheerleader who wanted to work in health care and was part of the Ready, Set, Teach program, a basketball player who excelled in honors band, and students that wanted to be everything from teachers to attorneys to CEOs. One even wanted to be president, and I would not bet against him.

Our Board of Trustees and I had the the privilege of recognizing several high achievers from fine arts, athletics and student government during our board meeting last week. I was impressed by how many of their fellow honorees were unable to attend – and were honored in absentia – because of commitments to other activities that same night. The previous engagements ranged from tennis and wrestling tournaments to UIL One-Act Play to Cedar Park’s Young Artist Contest. That speaks to the excellence our students pursue in so many extracurricular activities.

I know we hear things in the news media about this generation of kids from time to time. After more than 30 years in public education, I can confidently say that this is the best generation of students ever to come through public schools. They are dedicated to serving others, they put others before themselves, and I feel fortunate to be able to work with and learn from them every day. I know they inspire our teachers and staff on a daily basis, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these amazing students.