Lyndsae Benton, a longtime former Crowley ISD educator and parent to a North Crowley High student, is excited about the direction CISD is headed and wants to see the progress continue in the district.
Benton, now director of secondary instruction and Career and Technology Education programming in Everman ISD, spent 14 years as a teacher and administrator in Crowley ISD.
“My experience with Crowley ISD has been very good. I’m so pleased and excited with the things I’ve been able to be a part of as an employee,” she said. “I’m very happy with the school district, and I just want to help make it even better.”
She served as a teacher at North Crowley High School and North Crowley 9th Grade as well as an assistant principal and principal at H.F. Stevens Middle School and principal of Crowley Middle School and Crowley High School.
“I have a lot of experience in the district as a teacher and an administrator on both sides of the district — the purple side and the blue side,” she said.
“The school district has been a big part of my whole family’s life for the last 15 years. I still want to be involved, contribute and serve in Crowley ISD. I think it’s an important thing to do in your community, to serve in whatever way you can. The district is very important to me, and I just want to do my part for the kids and the community.”
The Place 7 trustee, elected in May 2016, looks forward to using her experience in the classroom and as an administrator to make informed decisions for the district as a school board member and serve students in another role.
Benton said she is excited about the innovative programming happening in the district.
“I’m real excited to see how that’s going to evolve over the course of this year,” she said. “I do appreciate that kind of attention to the different needs of students.”
She’s also excited to see the first round of students graduate in 2018 under the endorsement graduation plan, which she saw begin while principal at Crowley High School.
Benton has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from Tarleton in education administration. She also has her superintendent certification from the University of North Texas. She was recently chosen to serve on the Chisholm Trail Education Foundation. She and her husband, Brian, have one daughter, Olivia, who will be a senior at North Crowley High School in the 2016-17 school year.
With a total of 19 years in education, including service in other districts, Benton said education is important because of its power to change lives.
“It’s the linchpin to improvement for an individual and can transform a family,” she said. “The first time the barrier is broken for a first-generation college goer, it has a tremendous positive effect on every generation after that in that family. Everything we can do, starting at pre-k, to get kids ready, not only for their high school diploma but their post-secondary education, it’s transformative.”
Fun Fact: Benton was the captain of her flag squad and tied for first in her graduating class with five other students at her high school in Oklahoma.