LISD Announces 2nd Cohort Emerging Leaders

LISD Announces Second Cohort of Emerging Leaders Program
Posted on 04/29/2021
District news release

DATE: April 29, 2021

LISD Announces Second Cohort of Emerging Leaders Program
Lockhart ISD announced the selection of LISD teachers James Crowley, Siobahn Liles, and Katlin Stephens as the second cohort of the LISD Emerging Leaders Program--a partnership with Texas State University, Seguin ISD, and San Marcos CISD launched last year. 

2nd Cohort - Emerging Leaders Program

Texas State invited Lockhart ISD to nominate three teachers to apply for this program who demonstrate a desire to become equity-oriented school and community leaders to transform education at the campus level and beyond. These teachers will pursue a Master’s in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification, a unique program tailoring curriculum and coursework aligned to the district’s diverse needs. 


This 36-hour M.Ed. course sequence includes topics on leadership, instructional leadership, English Language Learners, cultural competency, community engagement, and an emphasis on action research.  


James Crowley is the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Lockhart High School. He has worked at LHS for 2 years with a total of 11 years of service in education. Crowley graduated from The College of New Jersey - Ewing with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. 


Siobahn Liles is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Carver Early Education Center. She has worked there for 3 years with a total of 13 years in education. Liles graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development from Wayland Baptist University. 


Katlin Stephens is a 5th grade teacher at Bluebonnet Elementary School. She has worked at Bluebonnet since 2016 with a total of 5 years of service in education. Stephens earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 with an ESL endorsement from Texas State University. 


These cohort participants will take two classes per semester beginning in May. Semesters will be Summer 1, Summer 2, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. The second year will be Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. 


Lockhart ISD will provide half of tuition costs and up to $75 for books per semester. Upon completion of the program, participants will commit to remaining in Lockhart ISD for three years after completion of their Master’s degrees. 


“In our school district’s leadership definition, one of its themes is ‘UnLocking Potential,’ to develop and empower self and others. The Emerging Leaders Program is an example of this part of our leadership definition brought to life, directly investing in our teachers to help them grow to their fullest potential,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Estrada. “We are so grateful to Texas State University for continuing to partner with LISD to help us invest in our teachers, which in turn is an investment in our students.” 


The first cohort of teachers selected were Jana Tafoya, Kati Harber, and Isabel Aguilar. They are finishing up their first year in the program and are on track to graduate in Spring 2022.


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