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Three LISD Elementaries Earn “Common Sense School” Designation

Heather Smith

Three elementary schools in the Lockhart Independent School District have earned recognition as Common Sense Schools for their practical and innovative use of technology in the library.

The libraries of Plum Creek, Navarro, and Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary were each presented with a Common Sense banner on Wednesday, recognizing their dedication and commitment to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

Common Sense is “the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.”

Banners were delivered to each campus by Superintendent, Mark Estrada; Director of Digital Learning, Juan Orozco; and Technology Instructional Mentors, Suzanne Gaddis, Chi Rocha, Kristi Visage, and Deborah Hilton.

“I am so proud of the hard work [our librarians] do every single day,” Estrada said. “[They are] unlocking potential in our students with technology, and this recognition demonstrates the results of that work.”

Lockhart ISD’s Department of Digital Learning has worked with Lockhart ISD librarians over the last school year to get campuses Common Sense certified. The awarded librarians have also earned “VIP Library” status under the LISD Visionary Instruction Plan (VIP).

Mark Estrada and the LISD TIMs stand the Strawn ES Librarian in front of Common Sense banner
Mark Estrada and the LISD TIMs stand the Plum Creek ES Librarian in front of Common Sense banner
Mark Estrada and the LISD TIMs stand the Clear Fork ES Librarian in front of Common Sense banner

The librarians recognized are as follows:

  • Patricia Lewandowski, Navarro Elementary (VIP Library)

  • Kristin Scott, Plum Creek Elementary (VIP Library)

  • Misty Hinckley, Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary (VIP Library)

As VIP Libraries, these campus libraries have demonstrated that they are “future ready” by providing engaging environments which leverage technology to innovate in learning.

Congratulations to Plum Creek, Navarro, and Strawn Elementary!