Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford delivered the Annual State of the District Address

Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford delivered the Annual State of the District Address during the monthly Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Nov. 11, at Green Acres Crosswalk. Dr. Crawford discussed District achievements over the 2020-2021 school year and goals for moving forward with continued success. 

Additionally, the District honored Churches Serving Schools with the 2021 Community Partner of the Year Award for their outstanding partnership in creating successful outcomes for the students of Tyler ISD. Tyler ISD joined efforts with the Tyler Area Business Education Council and the Tyler ISD Foundation to name Cynthia Melontree Johnson and Mayor Don Warren as members of the Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni. 

The two Distinguished Alumni named are no strangers to the Tyler community. As a former educator in Tyler ISD, Cynthia Melontree Johnson is a proud product of Griffin Elementary, Dogan Junior High, and John Tyler High School. Ms. Johnson retired from Tyler ISD in July 2011, after serving 33 years in education. Cynthia began her teaching career in Tyler ISD in 1979, teaching at Peete and Dixie elementary schools. She served as an Instructional Consultant/Assistant Principal at Ramey Elementary School before becoming the Principal of Ramey. 

Ms. Johnson is on the Cooperative Teachers Credit Union (32 years) and Tyler Day Nursery board of directors. She is a member of the Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Rose City Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction. Ms. Johnson is also a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, and the Texas State Teachers Association.

Serving as the current mayor of the city of Tyler, Don Warren is a native Tylerite. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Texas Tech University and has been an oil and gas professional for the last 40 years. He is the owner of Lomoco, Inc., a small oil and gas asset management firm he formed in 1994.

Don served as the council member for District 4 for three consecutive terms. He currently serves as a board member for Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Hispanic Business Alliance, and is an auxiliary board member for the Soules College of Business at UT Tyler. He is also a community board member on the Nurse-Family Partnership at UT Health. Don serves on the Behavioral Health Leadership Team, the Mayor’s Homelessness and Poverty Roundtable, Catalyst 100, the Housing Council for East Texas Human Needs Network, and has advocated for the improvements at Bergfeld and Hillside parks. He is a member of the Tyler Economic Development Council and a member of the Rotary Club of South Tyler.

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