LEF Welcomes Cathy Turner to Board of Directors
Since November, LEF has added four new members to its Board of Directors. Representing different areas of the LISD community, each brings a unique set of gifts and talents to LEF. New members include Michelle Cree, Russ Kerbow, David Mize and Cathy Turner. Highlighted this month is Cathy Turner.
Cathy is a wife and mother. Both her children attend LISD's Homestead Elementary School. She is a graduate of Texas A&M with a Master's degree from the University of North Texas. Cathy serves on the Advisory Council for the Rapoport Academy in Waco, is a member of the Waco Chamber of Commerce and the PTA President at Homestead Elementary. When she's not volunteering, she enjoys tennis, skiing, running and gardening.
We caught up with her for a little Q&A to learn, "Why LEF?" Below are their responses:
LEF: How did you become involved with LEF?
Turner: I first became involved with LEF by attending the Evening for Education: A Culinary Experience with Linda Rutherford in 2008. In 2010, I volunteered on the Evening for Education: A Culinary Experience committee.
LEF: Why is LEF important to LISD and our community?
Turner: Through its Teacher Grant Program, LEF provides teachers an opportunity to enrich their classroom teaching with their own creative ideas. This allows them to create an exciting and meaningful learning environment for their students. The LEF Student Scholarships provide some financial assistance in furthering students' educations. It also gives those students the message that the community recognizes their hard work and is invested in their future success. Teacher Fellowships and Awards also recognize the hard work and continued commitment of our teachers. Together, these programs send the message that the students and teachers in LISD are invaluable members of our community.
LEF: What is one thing you wish the community knew about LEF?
Turner: I wish the community knew that LEF is the perfect avenue through which they can directly support LISD's students and teachers. With state funding being cut, LEF can support programs in schools which would not otherwise be possible. 66 campuses in LISD have access to LEF's support!
LEF: What do you hope to see LEF achieve in the next 5 years?
Turner: It would be fantastic if every parent and business in the 13 communities served by LISD were familiar with LEF and its great programs. Knowing the importance of what LEF does would allow the foundation to grow even more and, in turn, be able to reach and support more teachers and students.