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2020-05-07 Tyler ISD Swears in Three Trustees During May Workshop

The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees welcomes two new members to represent Districts 2 and 3. Artis Newsome, District 2, replaces Rev. Orenthia Mason who retired from the Board after 15 years of service. Yvonne Atkins, District 3, replaces beloved Freeman Sterling who passed away earlier this year. District 4 Trustee, Dr. Patricia Nation, also returns for another term. All three Trustees were sworn into service during the May 7 board workshop.

“We’re excited to welcome Mr. Newsome and Mrs. Atkins as new Trustees for the Tyler ISD School Board,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “As part of the reigning Region 7 Board of the Year and one of the top five honor boards in Texas, undoubtedly, their time on the Board will be fulfilling in carrying out the District’s mission of successful student outcomes.”

Newsome Artis Newsome came to Tyler in 1982 to begin practicing physical therapy at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital as a staff therapist. During his 35-year career, he practiced in several settings including private practice, nursing homes, inpatient cardiac rehabilitation, home health, and inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Mr. Newsome also earned a specialization in neurology and wound care and taught wound care courses across the country as a certified wound care specialist for the HealthSouth Corporation. He retired from Encompass Home Health Corporation/HealthSouth Corporation in April 2017.

Mr. Newsome earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Sociology before earning a Master of Arts in Sociology with emphasis in Social Planning from Stephen F. Austin State University. In 1982, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Mr. Newsome and his wife Laura have two adult children and four grandchildren. They are active members of North Tenneha Church of Christ, where he is an Elder, and spent many years teaching Bible classes for middle and high school students and adults.

Atkins Longtime educator, Yvonne Atkins, brings to the Board nearly 40 years of educational experience as a teacher, facilitator, counselor, instructional coach, and adjunct professor. Before her retirement from Tyler ISD in 2019, Mrs. Atkins served in teaching and administrative roles at Boulter, Stewart and Three Lakes middle schools, as well as T.J. Austin and Clarkston elementary schools. She earned numerous teacher of the month honors over her career and received Campus Teacher of the Year honors while at Austin and Clarkston elementary schools.

Mrs. Atkins is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education before earning a Master of Science in Community Mental Health. Mrs. Atkins also holds a Principal Certification from Lamar University and a Master in Reading from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Mrs. Atkins is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Successes and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is married to Rodney Lamar Atkins, the founder and pastor of the Victory Temple Church of God in Christ. Their children, Paul and Paula, attended school in the Tyler Independent School District.

“We're excited about what Mr. Newsome and Mrs. Atkins can bring to the Board,” Board President Wade Washmon said. “Both are extremely reasonable, bright, and capable individuals who have the backing of their communities and respected districts. They also have expressed a desire and willingness to come alongside, blend, and work cohesively with a team that's managed to build some very positive momentum over time, while doing our best to focus on successful student outcomes.”

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