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April 29

Good evening, Pirates.

It’s hard to believe that May is just days away. I continue to be so grateful for the way our Pirate Family has worked together to make this a successful year for our kids and our community. If you haven’t seen it, CISD has introduced its latest communication channel—a magazine, Crusader. It is an avenue where all our Pirates—current, future and alumni—can see the wonder of CISD. Check it out.

Next week is Teacher’s Appreciation Week. I don’t need a calendar to remind me of our teachers’ great value to our students, to me and to our community. They are certainly worthy of our celebration next week and every day of the year. 

Over the past few weeks, CISD recognized some teachers who were chosen by their peers as leaders at their campus for both engaging and encouraging their students to succeed. We are so very excited to share his year’s campus Teachers of the Year:

  • Christina Buchanan, Dietz Elementary
  • Stacy Pettijohn, Martin Elementary
  • Karisa Walker, Noble-Reed Elementary
  • Jacob Wilson, Walker Elementary
  • Kimberly Allen, Wilson Elementary
  • Morgan Graff, Crandall Middle School
  • Rafael Juarez, Crandall High School
  • Kevin Morris, Compass Academy

We are so proud of each of them and their accomplishments.

Our teachers are difference makers. They shape lives. Because of them, our students are prepared for the world when they graduate. Because of them, our students want to come to school to learn, to lead better lives and to become contributing members of our society. We will never be able to properly thank our teachers for the service they provide, but please consider taking time next week to thank teachers—whether it’s your child’s teacher or your own favorite childhood teacher.  Make a card, send a small gift, write a letter, tag them in a message on social media. Teachers love seeing the respect and care that they model each day being displayed, in turn, by their students.

With gratitude,


Dr. Wendy Eldredge, Superintendent

Crandall ISD