LampLighter Awards

The Longview ISD Foundation celebrated its 23rd Lamplighter Awards on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 6:30 PM at Pinecrest Country Club.   The Longview ISD celebrated the power of great educators, members of the most influential profession in the world.  Without the education profession, there would be no other professions, for all of us learned our trade and skills from our teachers.  The Longview ISD Foundation believes that students long remember the teachers with whom they had strong relationships, who truly cared about them, and who helped them become the successful students and young people they are.

The Longview ISD Foundation sponsors three grant programs that enhance educational opportunity for LISD students:  the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program, the Campus Initiative Grant Program, and the John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grant.
Since 1996, the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program has funded 770 grants, returning $827,092.75 to LISD’s classrooms and enabling innovative teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses to create new educational programs or to enhance existing ones so that they can provide the best instruction possible to all students.  These grants have funded programs and projects for students of all ability levels in a variety of disciplines.  In addition to strengthening academics, the grants have also funded projects in music, art, technology, character education, health and physical education, guidance and counseling, gifted and talented education, career education, and STEM and STEAM education.

Since 2008, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. has funded 50 Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $151,265.68.  The Foundation believes that this grant program, targeting overall campus improvement, complements the Foundation’s annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program. The Foundation believes that this grant program, targeting overall campus improvement, complements the Foundation’s annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program. 

Since fall 2019,  the Foundation has funded fourteen John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grants for fourth and fifth grade and middle school students for $61,733.74.Through its three grant programs, the Longview ISD Foundation has returned a grand total of $1,040,092.19 to LISD classrooms and campuses in its twenty-eight-year history.

The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2023 Lamplighter Awards banquet and their overwhelming generosity and support of the educators and students in Longview ISD.

2023 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees
21st Annual Cornerstone Award
presented to
Sue Wilson,
retired Hudson PEP Elementary School principal
Ware East Texas Montessori Academy
Melvycia Terrell Mobley, fourth grade teacher,
honored by A'Zariah Curry, fifth grader
Bramlette STEAM Academy
Aleli Antommarchi, fourth grade teacher,
honored by Samantha Medina, fifth grader
 Ned E. Williams Elementary School
John Washington, fifth grade science teacher,
honored by Alondra Ortega, fifth grader
East Texas Montessori Prep Academy
Barbara Crane, kindergarten teacher,
honored by Maximiliano Baltazar, kindergartener

Forest Park Middle School
Jabori Jackson, coach and physical education teacher,
honored by Anthony Bolanos, eighth grader 
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Bryan Warren, fifth grade science teacher,
honored by Olivia Rae, fifth grader

Foster Middle School
      Stephen Wilson, coach and physical education teacher,
honored by Nathan McCrory, eighth grader,
Jatinder Jhass, seventh grade English/language arts teacher,
honored by Jasmine Wright, eighth grader

Hudson Elementary School
Connie Player, fifth grade teacher,
formerly third grade teacher,
honored by Silas Gilbert, fifth grader

Judson STEAM Academy
Kristina Stewart, English/language arts and ESL teacher,
honored by JaKyrha Anthony, eighth grader
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Kristy Davis, gifted and talented teacher,
honored by Naomi Valenzuela, fifth grader

Longview High School
Amy Barrett, International Baccalaureate Biology, Chemistry, 
and Environmental Systems and Societies teacher,
honored by Catherine DaMoude, senior,
Hector Perez, International Baccalaureate Spanish III and IV teacher,
honored by Kathia Ramirez-Castillo, senior
The Bailey School
Eilieen Burbano, STEAM Lab teacher,
honored by Ovadya Robinson, fifth grader
Longview Early Graduation High School
Oslyn Williams, counselor
honored by Jaliyah Gourie, senior

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by Henry and Moore Jewelry, Woolley G's Bike and Fitness, Longview restaurants, Longview ISD,
Longview ISD Foundation members, BlackHawk Wood Designs, and Kay and John Ray.

Educator Prizes donated by the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc., Whataburger, and James Beasley
Student Prizes donated by the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. and Whataburger

Heart of the Community Sponsors
The Linebarger Firm The Monsour Law Firm Schneider Electric
Anonymous Donor

Champions of the Foundation
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company U. S. Title Company Payne Mechanical of Texas, LLC
Southside Bank Eastman Chemical Company Wellness Pointe
Sloan Law Firm Longview Regional Medical Center Jon and Hannah Cromer/Capital Wealth Group
Longview News-Journal Christus Good Shepherd Health System

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust East Texas Professional Credit Union Orogin Bank
Kay and John Ray Capital Wealth Group

Advocates of the Foundation
Sherman and Briscoe Orthodontics Texas Oncology JBA Financial Services
Leslie and Cameron Carlile Kona Ice Kristen Ishihara
Hudson PEP Elementary School PTO Diagnostic Clinic of Longview Dolive Acres Dentistry
Meredith Roel Austin Bank Forbes and Butler Visual Communnications
Super 1 Foods Nikki Briscoe Hiland Dairy Foods

Benefactors of the Foundation
Foster Middle School PTA Amy and Brian Williams Louis Morgan #4
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Martin Hilton Friedman Industries, Inc.
Rebecca Jenkins Melton Weber Landscapring and Maintenance Harbour, Smiht, Harris & Merritt, P.C.
Paula and Dale Poole Amy and John Hull Longview Eye Associates, Drs. Justin and Sarah Ward
MALL Energy, Inc. Carmen and Roger Hohlt Mack and Hansen Orthodontics
LeBus International, Inc W. R. Welborn and Son, Inc. Kelsey and Carson Runge
Spring Hill State Bank Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Pevey The Dress Co.--The Tuxedo Co.

Friends of the Foundation
Sally Gossett Barron, LPC- Laura and Brett Miller Cadence Bank
Emily Erisman Myers Jaime and Mark Witt Jana Ctes, Realtor, Sugar Magnolia Properties
Heidi and Kendall Archer Karen and Brent Haas Leah and Matthew Hickman