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Kennard ISD Gets New Administrators
Houston County Courier - August 2008
When school began on Monday, Aug. 25 three new administrators began the 2008-2009 school year along with the students at Kennard Independent School District.
Ginger Arbuckle, elementary principal, Sharonda Johnson, high school and junior high principal, and Malinda Lindsey, curriculum director have accumulated a total of 50 years of experience working with school children, kindergarten through 12th grade.
Ginger Arbuckle is the new principal of Kennard Elementary School. Monday, Aug. 25, she began her 23rd year in education, having served as a classroom teacher for 20 years and an administrator for two years.
Mrs. Arbuckle holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a Master's from Stephen F. Austin University.
She said that she and her husband of 26 years have two sons. Chad is an extension agent in Polk County. He and his wife, Rachel, reside in Chester.
Travis is a junior at Sam Houston State University majoring in business. He's an officer and member of the SHSU Power Lifting Team
Mrs. Arbuckle was born and raised in Galena Park where she began her teaching career and family. Throughout her childhood she spent weekends and parts of summers in East Texas visiting her grandparents.
The new principal's family has lived in East Texas for 12 years. She attributes her success and love of education to her family and colleagues.
Mrs. Arbuckle said, "I am eager to lead and support the students and teachers at Kennard Elementary. Together, as a team, student achievements will continue to soar!"
Sharonda Johnson is the new principal of Kennard Junior High and High School. She has been in education for 12 years, four of them in administration.
She earned a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master's from Sam Houston State University. In the fall of 2009, she plans to return to college at the University of Texas to work on a Doctorate and to complete her Superintendent Certification.
She is married to her high school sweetheart, Tim, a lineman for Houston County Electric Coop. She said, "We have two beautiful daughters, Tamara, 16, Tiara, 14, and a bouncing 10-month old son Ty."
Mrs. Johnson, a native of east Texas, was reared in Latexo by her maternal grandmother, Faustine Taylor. She is "proud" to attribute much of her success to her family, hardworking people who believe in the value of education.
"I am excited about coming to Kennard High School. Our campus has set many goals and high expectations for our students this year.
"We are the BEST--Building Everybody and Succeeding Together!" she said.
Malinda Lindsey began the new school year as Kennard Independent School District's new curriculum director. She grew up in Nacogdoches, is married and has three boys: 12-year-old twins and an 8-year old.
Mrs Lindsey received a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She also earned a Master's degree in Mid-Management as well as the Superintendent Certification from SFA
She has eight years of experience teaching elementary level (kindergarten-6th grade), served as a campus and district level curriculum, specialist for two years each and a district level (K-12) director for three years.
Mrs. Lindsey lists her interests as outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing; sports of football and baseball; and leisure activities of reading, cooking and listening to music.
She's inspired by this quote from George Bernard Shaw "Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got ahold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."