Lisa McLaurin has served the class of 2020 as their grade level secretary since the students arrived four years ago at Northbrook High School (NHS) in Spring Branch ISD. She is missing the senior class a lot, as everyone is home due to COVID-19.
“When students first arrive as freshmen, they are in culture shock because we don’t treat them like babies anymore,” said McLaurin. “I like watching them turn into nice adults, which they do by the time they are seniors.”
McLaurin, who is completing 40 years of service in SBISD, works hard to develop relationships with students and families during their high school journey.
“Parents take comfort knowing we have their children’s best interests at heart,” she said of her grade-level team. “My ultimate goal is to watch them walk across the stage [at graduation].”
That will be different this year as district commencement ceremonies will now take place in June at Tully Stadium (instead of indoors at Don Coleman Coliseum), per the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions.
McLaurin, a Spring Woods High School alumnus, recalls graduating in the heat at the football stadium. “It was really hot,” she said.
She began her SBISD career as a part time crossing guard at the former Westchester Middle School, which suited when her children were young.
Her mother, Joyce Givens, retired as the crossing guard at Sherwood Elementary after more than 40 years (the same year the middle school closed), so McLaurin took over her job. When her two children grew up, she went to work full time at NHS, serving in the clinic, book room and finally as a grade-level secretary.
Her advice for new employees is to be patient and grow with the district as it evolves, and be confident to give input. She also shares this reminder: “We work for the kids, to help them succeed.”
Thank you for your service to Every Child, Ms. McLaurin.