Christy Willman, Lamar CISD's Executive Director of Community Relations is retiring after 30 years in public education. Willman's last day will be January 31.
A proud graduate of Southwest Texas State University, Willman began her career in education as a teacher, serving in elementary classrooms for a total of 13 years in the Cy-Fair, Austin and Lamar Consolidated school districts. She became the Director for Communications at LCISD in December of 1996 and was promoted to Executive Director of Community Relations in July 2004.
"Christy has been, and I hope will continue to be, an invaluable asset to the District,'' said Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle. "Her planning and vision have helped us to grow at a rapid rate, while maintaining a quality educational atmosphere.
"I will miss her personally," he added. "She is a joy to work with and has made our District shine."
"Christy's dedication is second to no one," said LCISD Board President Michael Richard. "I think it was her classroom background that always helped remind us to put the kids first. She has been a tremendous resource to me and every Lamar trustee in the past 15 years."
Willman is a past president of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) and is an active member of the National School Public Relations Association. She has served on numerous TSPRA committees, including as Vice President of the Houston Area. Willman was awarded the TSPRA Professional Achievement Award in 2011 and named Administrator of the Year for 2012 by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association.
Under her guidance, the LCISD Community Relations Department has received eight Crystal Awards and numerous Best of Category, Gold and Silver awards from TSPRA. The LCISD "Back to School Program," was spotlighted in the Texas School Board Association's Texas Express. Willman's articles have been published in several Texas educational journals and magazines.
During Willman's tenure, Lamar CISD passed four bond elections over the past 13 years. Willman wrote successful nominations that led to Lamar CISD being named the 2009 HEB Excellence in Education Large District Winner and the 2010 Region Honor Board and state finalist.
Willman has been a presenter at Texas Association of School Boards conferences, the Summer Leadership Institute, the First Time Superintendent's Academy, Texas Educational Support Staff Association conferences, Texas School Public Relations Association conferences and the National School Public Relations conference.
Active in many community organizations, Willman was a 2003 finalist for Fort Bend County Woman of the Year. She has served as a Museum Docent and on the Fort Bend Museum Association Board of Directors. She also has served on boards and committees with the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Bend Chamber Alliance, the Rosenberg Image Committee, the Fort Bend County Fair Association and the Fort Bend Bio-Terrorism Task Force. She is an honorary life member of the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers.
Christy and her husband, Larry Willman, have been residents of Richmond since 1991. They have four grown children, three grandchildren and two Dalmatians.
The public is invited to a reception for Willman, January 24, from 4-6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Brazos Crossing Building, 3911 Avenue I, Rosenberg.