Education commissioner: Teachers ‘pour love and skill’ into children – Brownwood Bulletin


Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath watches as Lisa Truax, a fifth-grade math teacher at Early Elementary School, works on a lesson with students ((from left) Aydin Griffin, Harper Thornberry, Ella Ledbetter, Jaime Lyon and Logan Jackson.

EARLY — Early Elementary School welcomed Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath to the campus earlier this week, where Morath visited several classrooms and interacted with students and teachers.

Morath was accompanied by representatives of the Texas Education Agency, Education Service Center Region 15 in San Angelo and the Early school district.

The TEA is starting to resume regular visits to schools — a practice that had been suspended because of COVID.

“He’s actually just swinging through the area, wanting to visit some rural schools, and Early was on his list,” Early ISD superintendent Dr. Dewayne Wilkins said before Morath arrived on a rainy Tuesday morning.

“He knows we’re historically good, so he wanted to stop by and see what we’re doing. He’s never been here before. We’re very excited to have him.”

In classrooms, Morath visited with students and asked them about their schoolwork, and spoke with teachers.

Morath seemed impressed at what he saw and heard. In one classroom, Morath spent several minutes watching students working on a large interactive touchscreen, noting that classrooms only had blackboards when he attended school.

“We were very excited to be invited to see the experts here in Early plying their trade,” Morath said.