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Goffney named Texas nominee for National Superintendent of the Year


By Megan Whitworth

LaTonya Goffney, former Coldspring Oakhurst Consolidated ISD superintendent, has been selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators as Texas' nominee for the 2018 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year award. In October, the Texas Association of School Boards named Goffney as the Superintendent of the Year. She currently serves as Lufkin ISD superintendent. "I am very grateful and incredibly honored to receive this statewide award. What a blessing it is to serve among some of the most outstanding fellow superintendents in Texas," Goffney said. "It's a privilege to work in the Lufkin community where people value public education. This award is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated team including a visionary board, unified staff and great students." Goffney served as COCISD superintendent from 2008-2013 before going to Lufkin ISD; prior to that she served as an assistant principal and principal in COCISD. Goffney began her career as a language arts teacher in her hometown of Coldspring. "I am thankful for my education in Coldspring where teachers believed in me, encouraged me, and didn't give up on me," she said. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunities the C-OCISD school board members and administrators gave me as a teacher, administrator and superintendent." During her tenure as Lufkin ISD superintendent, the district has stepped up its communications efforts to engage the community and create a collaborative culture, focused on improving literacy skills, especially those of low-income students, and committed to ensuring all students make progress. "I always tell our teachers and leaders that we are not responsible for how our students come to us, but we are responsible for how they leave us," Goffney said. "The goal of Lufkin ISD is for all students to show growth and progress." As a state nominee for AASA National Superintendent of the Year, Goffney will now be considered by a national blue-ribbon panel of judges that will select four finalists to be interviewed in Washington, D.C., in January. The 2018 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced and the state nominees honored at AASA's National Conference on Education in Nashville Feb. 15-17.


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