LISD announces hiring of new principal, special programs leader


As the current school year comes to a close, Lindale ISD officials have announced two familiar staff additions for the 2018-19 school year.

Ashley Smith has been hired as the new principal at College Street Elementary and Christy Clouse is returning to the district as director of special programs.

Smith is returning to Lindale ISD after serving as the assistant principal for the past four years at Jack Elementary in Tyler.

“I’m so blessed to be back in Lindale and serve this great community. What an honor and joy it is to be able to lead as the principal at College Street Elementary,’’ Smith said.

Smith said she is looking forward to the new school year.

“I’m excited to lead alongside all of the incredible teachers and staff, as we continue to make great strides for student success. I’m looking forward to a great year and can’t wait to meet all of the Lindale Eagles,” Smith said.

Previously, Smith worked as a teacher at Lindale ISD for seven years and is a Lindale High School graduate.

“We are excited about Mrs. Smith joining our administrative team,’’ said LISD Superintendent Stan Surratt. “She brings great experience from Tyler ISD (and) we know Mrs. Smith very well because she is a graduate of Lindale High School.’’

Surratt noted her previous tenure in the LISD as well.

“(She) worked many years as a teacher in our district,’’ he said. “We had many wonderful applicants for this position, but Mrs. Smith’s leadership abilities and her passion to lead teachers and students stood out above all other candidates. Mrs. Smith will be an excellent principal in our district for many years.”

Smith earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Tyler.


After spending the past two years working for Dripping Springs ISD, Christy Clouse is returning to the Lindale ISD as director of special programs.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to return as the Director of Special Programs for Lindale ISD,’’ Clouse said, who served in the same capacity in Dripping Springs. “Lindale ISD is committed to providing an excellent education for all students and to building lasting relationships within the school, home and community.’’

She acknowledged the district’s history of educational excellence.

“I am looking forward to joining this team that loves, serves and cares for amazing children and their families,’’ she said.

Previously, Clouse served as the RTI and Special Education Coordinator for LISD, as well as an Educational Diagnostician.

She has also served as the Director of Special Education for the Cherokee County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement since 2012.

“We are very pleased that Mrs. Clouse has returned home to Lindale ISD,’’ said Surratt. “She has a wonderful reputation as a Director of Special Programs. Her servant heart and passion to help students and families is always evident in everything she does. We are certainly blessed to have Mrs. Clouse join our team and our students will be blessed by her leadership and passion.”

Clouse earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Dallas and received an MBA with a focus in Educational Leadership from LeTourneau University.

She began her career as a classroom teacher, spending most of 12 years in that capacity working in Special Education.


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