Puster Elementary Principal Message
June 27, 2019 - Staffing Update
Puster Families,

I am excited to share with you our most recent staff updates! Please see below for an introduction to each of our newest professionals. We are indeed very blessed to have the most amazing educators working with our children!

This week’s summer read aloud with Mrs. Haynes can be found here . Log those minutes!

I will be off campus/out of office July 1-12. Please forgive any delay in response as I will be in a canoe, on a kayak or beachside during this time. My family is headed for some nature therapy to our yearly favorite - Broken Bow. Then, we will head to Galveston for a quick beach/seafood fix. I will continue to check on emails and phone calls periodically. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

Pride in Puster,
Holly
Cell: 660-221-8326
Dear Puster Families,

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal of Puster Elementary! The 2019-2020 school year marks my 17th year in education and I can't think of a more exciting time to join the incredible community of Lovejoy! I live in Fairview with my husband, Allen, and our two daughters. Allen is the Director of Sales for a German Technology company. Nora is a lively four-year-old who loves gymnastics, dance and all things "Frozen." Rose is just starting to crawl at 10 months old.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from Austin College and a Masters in Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. A few of the positions I have held include 3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, Mathematics Instructional Specialist and most recently Assistant Principal in Allen ISD.

Becoming a Lovejoy Leopard is truly the highlight of my career so far and I am honored to join the Puster family! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and serving your children and families.

Sincerely,
Megan Rawlins
Please welcome Jennifer Finnigan as our new Pre-K Teacher. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jennifer as a Mom when I taught one of her children at Hart Elementary. I am so glad that our students and families will have the opportunity to experience her amazing heart as well! Jennifer most recently taught at GEM Express Preschool and Kindergarten where she developed a love and passion for Early Childhood Education. She shares that her "greatest joy is found in fostering a love of learning in our youngest students that will carry them through graduation." Jennifer is the mother of four children that have attended Lovejoy schools since Kindergarten. This year, she will have students at Willing Springs, Sloan Creek and a 3rd grader at Puster. When she is not supporting her children's athletic or musical activities, she loves to camp with her family and play games with her children. I know she is as excited to join our team as we are to have her!
Naomi Emory will be joining us as our new Library Media Specialist. Naomi has served as the LMS at Sloan Creek for the past three years. Lucky us that she was interested in sharing her time and expertise with the littles! This is Naomi's 7th year in education. She has previously served as a Math resource teacher, and ELAR teacher and most recently as a Library Media Specialist. Naomi says she loves reading, knitting, hand lettering, kayaking and many other outdoor activities. She has been married for 5 years to her husband, Steven, who currently serves as a Campus Security Officer in Lovejoy ISD. She enjoys spending time with her 16 year old sister and her two pups who keep her busy! Pictured above is Naomi's dad, sister and Naomi on a recent trip to Disney.
Heather Fisher, who previously served as our dyslexia therapist, will be the new Sped Lead at Sloan Creek, while also providing in-house dyslexia therapy training to teachers from the surrounding area. In her place, we have Alison Healey joining us from Hart Elementary. I had the pleasure of working with Alison while we were 2nd grade teachers at Hart and I am thrilled to have her expertise and heart for kids on our campus! I know first hand the tenacity she has for doing whatever it takes to find the best learning path for each child. Alison grew up in Fredericksburg, TX. She received her Bachelor's degree from Texas State University and recently completed her Masters in Special Education with a focus on dyslexia from Midwestern State University. She is married with two wonderful children. Her daughter, Layla, is 16 years old and will be a junior at Lovejoy High School. Her son, Dane, is 11 years old and will be in 5th grade at Sloan Creek. Her family has lived in the area for five years and love the community. Alison shares that they feel "blessed to be a part of the Lovejoy family."
Dates to Remember
August 7 - New Student Orientation, 1:00-1:45 at Puster
August 13 - Meet the Teacher Night, 5:30-7:00
August 19 - First Day of School
 
Puster News
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE IS HERE!
Student goal: 1000 minutes    
SCHOOL GOAL 500,000 minutes


How to participate? 
Visit www.biblionasium.com . Students will chose "Login Using Destiny" and use their same login as they would use to login to a computer here on campus.
Lastname_firstname
student ID#

Video instructions and more information can be found here on how to get started.
All information can be found on the Summer Read 2019 Website found on the Puster library webpage.

The SCHOOLWIDE READING CELEBRATION to recognize top readers will happen the first few weeks of school. A BIG EVENT is planned!

Can't wait to see if we reach our goal of ½ million minutes of reading!
District News
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