Meet Principal Holly Anderson
Bess Race Elementary School announced Holly Anderson as principal to begin the 2016-17 school year. She joins the Bess Race family after serving is assistant principal roles ate Crowley Middle School, Summer Creek Middle School and North Crowley High School. Her education career started as a US history teacher at CMS.Anderson received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University and earned a master's degree from Tarleton State University.Why did you choose education as a career?
It sounds like a cliche, but I always knew I would be a teacher. As an adult, I became a teacher because I loved children, and loved seeing them find success and grow as individuals. I wanted to help them unlock the great potential waiting inside themselves. I wanted them to be creative and critical thinkers, never simply accepting whatever they were told.
Over the years, I have heard story after story of people whose lives were altered because a teacher either spoke life and love into them, or spoke words of discouragement and doubt. These adult friends carried with them the life-changing messages of teachers. My heart shattered hearing negative messages people were told, but I became convinced of the critical work we do!
Mother Teresa said, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Our highest call is to make a difference in the life of a child, to help them realize their full potential, and to love others even when we risk our own hearts.
Why is education important?
Asking a teacher why education is important is like asking an NFL player if he wants to win the Super Bowl. The answer seems so obvious.
And yet, teaching is hard. Educators regularly find themselves asking if it is “worth it.” We are "on" all the time, and our hearts get mangled, because we become invested. Every lesson, every conversation feels personal, because we feel called to this task. So the question of “why” becomes crucial for us to keep up the good work.
Education is the path out of poverty and the doorway to all opportunities. In fact, George Washington Carver called education the “golden door of freedom”. We became teachers because we wanted to change the world. We may not create the best new invention, or write the great American novel or win the Nobel Peace Prize. But we serve children, the highest of callings, because we know by showing up and giving our best to them every day, we CHANGE the world. And we DO change the world, one child at a time.
What will you enjoy about being the principal of Bess Race Elementary School?
Being an old history teacher, I love that Bess Race was the first school in Crowley and am amazed so many people I know are connected with this school. Many teachers and administrators in Crowley ISD got their start here as students or as teachers. In fact, generations of families have gone to school here!
When I was named principal, I posted my good news to Facebook. Over and over, the messages poured in from families who attended here; stories of children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.
Not every school can claim a small-town, family spirit, but Bess Race does, and has reason to claim the title. When I surveyed the teachers about what they love about BRE, the one thing everyone said time and time again is that Bess Race is family!
This family spirit resonates in my heart! For me, family means everyone is included and welcomed because you are known and valued. Together, this family creates history for future Bess Race generations.
What is your hope for your campus?
My hope is for us to foster creative and critical thinkers who love to learn and take care of each other.
I hope we will read together.
I hope we will work to show kindness and compassion to others.
I hope our students feel like they can do the impossible and never stop trying!
I hope we will be empathetic and generous in mercy.
I hope we will dare greatly. And if we fail, I hope we help each other up!
I hope Bess Race students and families will feel comfortable here and will trust us to care for their children as if they were our own.
I hope we all have conversations which are honest and show care.
I hope our community will be a positive part of our children's lives.
I hope we will collaborate to find solutions which will benefit all students.
I hope you will feel like you are welcomed here.
I hope this will be the school where our students want their children to go to school.
Tell us about your family.
My family and I love to see movies and hang out with friends. I am a foodie and love to try new restaurants or go to Central Market! I enjoy a cup of coffee and good books. My favorite recent book is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt