West Retires After 36 Years of Service

By Kris Smith

Not many newspaper publishers have the privilege and responsibility to honor an educator the way this opportunity has presented itself.  Lisa West began her faculty career at Wortham ISD where she introduced this publisher to the love and joy of writing. 

Mrs. West began teaching at Wortham ISD in 1987 and continued there until 1990, when she accepted a position at Corsicana ISD.  She remained at CISD until 1993 until she accepted a principalship at Wortham Elementary School, after the birth of her son in 1993.  After a few years at WISD, West returned to Corsicana ISD where she has remained since that time.

Charles Dunnahoe, of Hometown Medical Associates, stated of his former English teacher, “She came along when all of us (at Wortham High School) needed her. She gave us the inspiration that molded us into the grown adults we have come to be.”

Lisa has served children of all ages in the public education sector in Special Education, Transition, and as a 504 Coordinator.    Section 504 requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their programs and benefit from their services.  Mrs. West was instrumental in CISD’s creation of the first Early Learning Center for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Mrs. West will retire from CISD this month and looks forward to an exciting part time position at the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

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