Childress, Texas is a beautiful town of about six thousand people in the southeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. We have three main campuses with approximately 1100 students in total. The district serves students from Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade with programs including Special Education, Gifted and Talented, Vocational, and college dual credit.
Our district is also proud to be one of the most technologically advanced school districts in the state. Students have access to COWS (computers on wheels) in the classroom. All district classrooms have interactive whiteboards that allow students to be engaged at every level. Our mission statement charges the schools to prepare students to reach their full potential in a dynamic world, and we believe that advanced technology is vital to that mission.
Childress schools also offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to develop well- rounded young people. From our storied athletic programs to music, FCCLA, FFA, automotive programs, and literary competition, some type of activity is available for every student.
All people--regardless of age, gender, nationality, or culture—have an innate desire to be acknowledged, appreciated, and praised; when an individual receives such reward, he or she will strive to attain it again and again—even when the stakes are raised and the price is higher. Likewise, in the educational setting, the student who sees an attainable goal, who understands the risks and rewards involved, and who is equipped for the task, will meet the expectation level again and again. Conversely, the student who sees an unattainable goal, who views the risk simply not worth the reward, or who is ill-equipped, will never achieve his/her fullest potential because a true sense of accomplishment was never felt enough times for personal success to really matter. The educator’s role, then, is to create the environment conducive to productivity for the individual student while maintaining a balance between challenge and reward, so that the student continues to perform and come back for more.
Through acknowledgment, appreciation, and praise the teacher steers the student, like the unseen rudder of a ship, toward the next level of achievement, self-fulfillment, and self-actualization. Similarly, the administrator’s role is to stage the challenge, provide the necessary tools, give positive feedback, and just like the student, educators will strive to meet the goals set before them again and again. This is when learning is no longer just about standardized tests scores but about feeling a sincere sense of accomplishment from both students and teachers alike--–an “I do make a difference . . . and I will continue to make a difference” attitude that is contagious.
We hope you can tell that Childress is a community that values education. From students to teachers to parents and local businesses, everyone contributes to make this a great place to go to school!
Rick Teran, Superintendent