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Jan White is a class act

Upon moving to Ennis last summer, the most important issue to address was where our family was going to locate. With two young girls, education and safety were the No. 1 factors.
We quickly learned of the reputations that both Austin Elementary and Bowie Elementary schools had. Both had been recognized as Exemplary by the state several times in recent years. In fact, Austin earns that distinction every year. My wife and I also learned of the quality education offered at both Travis and Houston elementary schools. So we figured we couldn’t go wrong.

This was vital because part of the requirement of being publisher of the Ennis Daily News, and rightly so, is the publisher must be a resident of the Ennis community. This could mean living anywhere from Avalon to Palmer. But we didn’t need to look far to see the Ennis Independent School District had the right reputation, results and facilities for us.

So we took advantage. But we had to decide between the four elementary schools above.

As a substitute teacher, my wife is quite familiar with Travis and Bowie, not having the pleasure to teach at Houston just yet. So she can tell you that both of those schools provide excellent atmospheres for students. Some districts enjoy greater advantages in home life, which equates into teachability of the students and their classmates, but all in Ennis have proven to be quite stable.

Particularly solid is Austin Elementary. For the past 19 years, Principal Jan White has led a superb staff at Austin. My wife met Jan in our first few weeks here in Ennis back in August. Kellie and Mrs. White hit it off immediately. From that point on, Kellie did no further research. She knew Austin was where our oldest, Emma, needed to be.

Of course, we had no knowledge that Mrs. White was planning retirement until an unexpected comment was made at a student assembly I attended in the fall.

However, we had confidence that Mrs. White had worked hard over the last two decades to make sure Austin was one of the better performing schools not only in the district, but the state.

This is due to the leadership of Mrs. White, the amazing turnout of parents during Parent Teacher Organization meetings and the quality educators at the school.

Emma and her classmates absolutely adore Mrs. White. They don’t fear her nearly as much as I did my principals, and that’s a good thing.
Her approachable attitude, tremendous love she has for her “kiddos” and the results we see on standardized tests prove this quality.

Austin Elementary and Ennis ISD is better for having Mrs. White on board. Our town is better having had her serve us and we’ll miss her for it.

Tre Bischof is excited about the future of Austin Elementary with two daughters in line to run the halls of the school. He can be reached by sending e-mail to tre@ennisdailynews.com.

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