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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY – Virginia Stapp is celebrating 34 years of service at Lockney ISD. “I don’t know where the 34 years went,” Stapp said. “When you love your job like I do, the time flies by.”
Stapp started out at Lockney ISD as a substitute teacher. She then became a teacher’s aide and finally moved to the Lockney Junior High office where she worked under four different principals during her career. Stapp said, “I have to say, Mr. Setliff is currently my favorite principal.”
Stapp and her husband of 44 years, Randell have two children, son Chad and daughter Tessa Rogers. The couple also have nine grandchildren.
“My kids were little when I started working for LISD,” recalls Stapp. “Chad was in the fourth grade and Tessa had to have been in the second grade. This job was just the perfect job for a mom. I had weekends off and I worked the same times my kids were in school. I had the same holidays off. It was simply perfect.
“I think what I will miss the most will be the kids. Most of these kids that I see every day, I watched their parents grow up going to school here. So that is really special to me.”
Stapp’s last day with LISD is Dec. 31, but with the Christmas break, she will only be in the office until Dec. 17.
“My grandkids are my true passion. So, when I retire, they will be my main focus,” said Stapp.
LISD selected Brinda Poole to replace Stapp. Poole has been working alongside Stapp for some time now. “I’m excited that Mrs. Poole decided to take my position. She is a wonderful lady. She has the kids’ best interests in mind, and she has 21 years of experience here at LISD,” Stapp said.
Poole has raised five kids of her own and has nine grandkids and six great grandkids. “My family is the most important thing to me. I cherish every minute I have with them,” said Poole.
Poole has been an instrumental part in LISD. She has been a bus driver, a teacher’s aide and everything in-between. “Currently, I drive the Ace program bus, and I will finish out the year doing that,” Poole said.
“It’s been very humbling to watch all these kids start school and see them growing into successful people. It just makes my heart so proud,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what this next chapter in my life brings.”