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Lockhart ISD Announces Elementary School Lever Leaders for 2022-2023

Heather Smith

In step with our commitment to #UnLockingPotential in all staff, Lockhart ISD is proud to have developed a pipeline devoted to identifying high-potential leaders and providing them opportunities to grow their leadership skills.

In 2020, we launched the “Lever Leaders” pilot at Plum Creek Elementary. This new shared leadership model provided opportunities for four teachers to lead – without having to leave the classroom. Last year, this model was expanded to Lockhart High School. We are pleased to share that for 2022-2023, our Lever Leader shared leadership model has expanded to include 12 additional teachers across three elementary schools.

“Lever Leaders” spend 50 percent of their time teaching in their classrooms and 50 percent of their time leading teams of teachers, boosting them to even higher levels of performance. They are empowered to take on leadership roles that do not require them to become administrators, although they may choose to in the future, with greater compensation and distributed leadership roles. 

After a rigorous application process, we are pleased to announce the selection of the twelve teachers selected as the third cohort of elementary Lever Leaders for Lockhart ISD! Please join us in congratulating these teachers in charting the course for shared leadership at the elementary level!

As the Lockhart High School Lever Leader application process is still ongoing, we look forward to sharing our new high school Lever Leaders in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Amanda Rodriguez | Bluebonnet Elementary

Amanda Rodriguez currently teaches at Bluebonnet Elementary and has been working in public education since August 2017. Prior to joining Lockhart ISD, Ms. Rodriguez taught fifth grade and first grade at Hemphill Elementary School, Tom Green Elementary School, and Uhland Elementary School in Hays CISD. 

During her time at Hays CISD, Ms. Rodriguez implemented multiple cooperative learning structures to increase student engagement, served as a member of the campus leadership team, and received the highest student STAAR score growth in the district for fifth grade STAAR reading.

Ms. Rodriguez earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Elementary Education with a minor in Methods and Materials from Texas State University. She held a spot on the Dean’s List from 2010 to 2017 and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She earned ELS EC-6 certifications. 

 

Kaitlin Stephens | Bluebonnet Elementary

Kaitlin Stephens teaches at Bluebonnet Elementary and joins the Lever Leader program with five years of teaching experience, all within Lockhart ISD. During her time with LISD, she has served as a fifth grade and fourth grade teacher at Bluebonnet Elementary.

Ms. Stephens has taken on leadership roles as a fourth grade team lead, a member of the district mentor program, a Holdsworth Leadership Program Committee member, a fifth grade team lead, and a member of the Texas State University Emerging Leaders Program. She has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year nominee, a 1.5 Excellence Award Winner, a PAWSitive Campus Leader, a Strategic Planning, Communication, and Relationship Award Winner, and more. Ms. Stephens earned Bluebonnet Elementary’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2020.

A Lockhart native, Ms. Stephens graduated from Lockhart High School in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University, where she also earned her certifications as an EC-6 Generalist, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities, and English as a Second Language Generalist.

 

Kristian Espino | Bluebonnet Elementary

Kristian Espino is a teacher at Bluebonnet Elementary and has worked in multiple roles in public education since 2018. Prior to joining Lockhart ISD, Ms. Espino served as a student-teacher at Dailey Middle School and a substitute teacher for Del Valle ISD.

Ms. Espino gained her field experience at Oak Hill Methodist Preschool in Austin ISD and at Clear Fork Elementary, where she worked with fifth grade students in all subjects.

Ms. Espino earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas State University in 2018.

 

Tyree Duboise | Bluebonnet Elementary

Tyree Duboise currently teaches at Plum Creek Elementary and will be joining Bluebonnet Elementary’s faculty next school year. Ms. DubBoise has worked in public education since 2015.

Prior to joining Lockhart ISD as a fourth grade ESL teacher at Plum Creek Elementary in 2019, Ms. Duboise worked at Buda Elementary school in Hays CISD as a kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade teacher. During her time with Hays CISD, she taught across all subjects, including to students with special needs and those learning the English language. Ms. Duboise has served as a member of the campus leadership team, the technology committee, the blended learning committee, cheer club sponsor, and more. 

Ms. Duboise earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Certification in Elementary Education from Texas State University.

 

Meghan Bailey | Navarro Elementary

Meghan Bailey currently serves as a first grade teacher at Navarro Elementary. She has worked in public education since 1998. Prior to joining Lockhart ISD in 2008, she served as a first grade teacher at Deer Creek Elementary School and Cypress Elementary in Leander ISD and Thompson Elementary School in Aldine ISD.

Ms. Bailey has served as a Team Leader since August 2010. She is also a member of the Campus Writing Committee, the Attendance Committee, the Math Curriculum Writing Committee, the Phonics Committee, and more. In 2008, she was nominated for Aldine ISD’s Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she was awarded Caldwell County’s Best Elementary Teacher. She earned the Teacher of the Year Award for Navarro Elementary in 2017.

Ms. Bailey earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in History from Southern Methodist University. She is certified in Provisional Elementary History and Provisional Elementary Self-Contained.

 

Isabel Aguilar | Navarro Elementary

Isabel Aguilar currently serves as a Bilingual Teacher and Principal Intern at Navarro Elementary. She has worked in public education since 2017. Prior to joining Lockhart ISD, she served as a long-term Spanish substitute at Real Learning Academy, where she executed lesson plans across all disciplines for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Ms. Aguilar was a member of Lockhart ISD’s Emergent Leaders Cohort I and earned Lockhart ISD’s Change Agent Award. Additionally, she earned Navarro Elementary’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2021.

Ms. Aguilar earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Business and Technical Writing from Angelo State University. She earned her certification in EC-6, Bilingual Supplemental Education-Spanish EC 6, English as a Second Language EC-6, Special Education EC-12, and a Principal’s Certification. Ms. Aguilar is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at Texas State University, and expects to graduate in May of 2022. 

 

Maria Arnold | Navarro Elementary

Maria Arnold currently serves as a teacher at Navarro Elementary School and has worked in public education in multiple capacities since 2015. Prior to joining Navarro Elementary’s faculty as a classroom teacher in 2017, she served as a long-term substitute for Lockhart ISD and a Tutor at Mendez Elementary School in San Marcos CISD.

Ms. Arnold was awarded Lockhart ISD’s 1.5 Champion Award in the 2018-2019 school year for her commitment to helping Navarro Elementary students reach their goal of 1.5 years of growth in a single school year. 

Ms. Arnold earned her Bachelor of Science in Generalist Education from Texas State University in 2016.

 

Michelle Lockhart | Navarro Elementary

Michelle Lockhart is currently a district-wide Instructional Coach for Lockhart ISD. She has worked in public education since 2007. Prior to joining Navarro Elementary’s faculty in 2009 as a first grade teacher, and later, a kindergarten teacher, she served as a second grade teacher at Kyle Elementary School in Hays CISD. 

Ms. Lockhart was awarded Lockhart ISD’s 1.5 Champion Award for her commitment to helping Navarro Elementary students reach their goal of 1.5 years of growth in a single school year. In the 2017-2018 school year, she earned Navarro Elementary’s Teacher of the Year Award.

Ms. Lockhart earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Texas State University, where she earned a spot on the Dean’s List throughout her time in college.

 

Michelle Stephenson | Clear Fork Elementary

Michelle Stephenson currently serves as a third grade team leader at Clear Fork Elementary School. She joins the Lever Leader program with twelve years of teaching experience, all within Lockhart ISD. During her time with LISD, she has served as a second grade and third grade team lead teacher at Clear Fork Elementary. 

During her time as an educator, Ms. Stephenson has demonstrated leadership through participation in the Holdsworth Campus Leadership Program, the Visionary Instruction Planning Team, the New Teacher Mentor Program, the Campus Advisory Team, and more. She was a Lockhart ISD 1.5 Championship Award Winner in the 2018-2019 school year, and also earned Clear Fork Elementary’s Teacher of the Year Award in the 2017-2018 school year.

A Lockhart native, Ms. Stephenson graduated from Lockhart High School in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, where she graduated with Cum Laude honors.

 

Krystin Feole | Clear Fork Elementary

Krystin Feole is currently a teacher at Clear Fork Elementary and has worked in public education since 2009. Ms. Feole has served as a third grade teacher at Navarro Elementary School, as well as a first grade and third grade teacher at Clear Fork Elementary. Prior to joining Lockhart ISD in 2010, she served as a second grade teacher at Waelder Elementary in Waelder ISD.

Ms. Feole earned Lockhart ISD’s Teacher of the Year Award in the 2016-2017 school year. She has demonstrated leadership through participation in the Visionary Planning Committee, the Math Curriculum Writing Team, and the Math & Reading Common Assessment Writing Team. She has also served as a grade level team lead and a mentor teacher for new hires.

Ms. Feole earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and EC-4 and ESL certifications from Texas State University in 2009, where she graduated with magna cum laude honors.

 

Nicky Lawrence | Clear Fork Elementary

Nicky Lawrence is currently a teacher at Clear Fork Elementary. She joins the Lever Leader program with six years of teaching experience, all within Lockhart ISD. Prior to joining the faculty at Clear Fork Elementary, Ms. Lawrence worked as part of the Girlstart Summer Camp’s STEM crew, where she helped nurture young girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Ms. Lawrence has demonstrated leadership through participation in the Visionary Instruction Planning Team, the Campus Advisory Team, the Instructional Leadership Team, the District Advisory Committee, the New Teacher Mentor Program, and more. In 2019, she earned Clear Fork Elementary’s Teacher of the Year Award.

Ms. Lawrence earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction and her certification in all-grade Special Education from Texas State University, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors.

 

Kayla Garcia | Clear Fork Elementary

Kayla Garcia is currently a teacher at Clear Fork Elementary and has worked in public education since 2017. Prior to joining Clear Fork Elementary’s faculty as a fifth grade teacher in 2018, Ms. Garcia served as a fourth and fifth grade bilingual teacher at Bowie Elementary School in San Marcos CISD.

Ms. Garcia has demonstrated leadership through participation in the Family and Community Engagement Committee, the Talent Show Committee, and the Writing Vertical Team.

Ms. Garcia earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English with a minor in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University. She is certified in EC-6 and English as a Second Language Supplemental.

 


Congratulations to all of the new elementary Lever Leaders! We are proud of you for being #LockedOnExcellence in teaching and leading, and we look forward to seeing you #UnLockPotential in our students and staff next school year.