Drake lone finalist - LISD principal to be new Chester superintendent
Dr. Paul Drake has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position at Chester ISD. Drake served five years as principal at Livingston High School and will assume his new position on Jan. 3, 2022. He is a 2001 graduate of Livingston High School
Drake received a Bachelor of Science degree at Stephen F. Austin State University and earned his Master of Science and Doctorate in
Educational Leadership from Lamar University. His first teaching and coaching job was at Brownsboro ISD, where he taught math and history at the junior high and coached football and track at the high school.
He was a boys head coach at both Rusk ISD and Bishop Gorman High School in Tyler, and served as an administrator at Whitehouse ISD as assistant principal at Stanton-Smith Elementary School.
“I am very excited and fortunate to have the opportunity to serve in Chester I.S.D. as the Superintendent of Schools,” Drake said. “I have had the great privilege of serving my alma mater, Livingston High School, for the past five years and making an impact. I am looking forward to arriving at Chester I.S.D. on Jan. 3 to work with the students, parents, faculty and community of Chester, impacting the school in positive ways. There are many people to thank from both communities and I can’t wait to meet the students of Chester I.S.D.”
Livingston High School realized many successes during Drake’s tenure, including the 2019 UIL State Champion Robotics team, multiple FFA teams advancing to the state competition, 42 students advancing to
state-level competition in Business & Professionals Association (BPA),
and sweepstakes wins by both the choir and band each year.
One of the highest achievements for Livingston High School in the last
five years was finishing in the top 25 Texas UIL Lone Star Cup. This
honor recognizes the top high schools in each UIL conference based on
overall team achievement in sanctioned competitions of academics,
athletics and fine arts.
“We are both proud of the job that Dr. Drake has fulfilled for us the
past five years as Livingston High School Principal and for this
opportunity to impact the students of Chester ISD,” LISD
Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins said. The consistency of Dr. Drake’s
leadership has allowed Livingston High School to experience continued
success. When you accomplish great things, doors open for you, and
other organizations offer your staff advancement opportunities.
“Dr. Drake is well prepared and well-deserving of this opportunity.
When you think of LHS Alumni, you think of the characteristics and
character that Dr. Drake exhibits, and these attributes make our
organization very proud. I know he will do great things and have a
bright future ahead. Dr. Drake will continue to serve the LHS
principal through the end of December, as the district begins its
search for the new LHS principal, which we anticipate will be in place
as of January.”
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