Message from Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo

Message from Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo
Posted on 04/03/2020
Message from Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo

Today, April 6, is the first official day on the job for Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, superintendent for Nacogdoches ISD. This is a column Dr. Trujillo wrote that was published Sunday in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel:

This isn’t how I expected it to play out.

Not only is that in the running for Understatement of the Year, thousands of you are likely thinking the same thing at this moment.

I’m Gabriel Trujillo, the new superintendent of schools for Nacogdoches ISD, and this isn’t how I planned on meeting you. That would’ve involved being at community meetings, paying visits to schools and taking part in all the good things that make Nacogdoches a wonderful city.

For now, this will have to do.

Back in February, while the interview process moved farther down the road with NISD’s Board of Trustees, thoughts began to turn to what that first day at work might look like. Being in the office... meeting as many of the staff as possible... and spending time on our campuses were just a few of the things I had in mind.

It’s not to be… not right now. There will be time for all of that once our nation, our state and our school district reach the other side of this crisis. And while it may take weeks to get there, I have no doubt we will push through to the other side.

With all certainty, we will be back at school… but not one minute sooner than when it’s safe for our students and their families and our staff.

Despite what could be considered a bit less than ideal time to start, what with everything going on in the world, I’m truly excited about what NISD’s future holds, and I have no doubt that future is bright. Although it seems we’ve been stalled in this COVID-19-related dark tunnel of uncertainty for a lifetime, the bright light at the end of this tunnel is quickly approaching and it will be a bright, new day. A day that will be full of wonderful opportunity, new beginnings and a greater appreciation for each other.

After spending a lifetime in public education, I can tell you this... the best thing about our days are the children. Please understand, we miss our students (and staff misses seeing their co-workers on a daily basis).

Over the course of the school year, students grow close to teachers, and those same instructors get used to seeing those clear eyes and bright smiles each day. True instruction doesn’t happen without that classroom relationship… it serves as the critical linchpin of everything we do in public education.

But for the time being, we remain apart so we can come together again… and all of us hope that takes place in the near future.

Currently, we’re preparing for the inevitable normalcy that will soon return, that in the weeks to come, students will again fill the hallways of our campuses, which seem all the more empty without the joyousness of youth.

Also, I know our seniors are understandably concerned about what the final weeks of their NISD careers look like. There are still a lot of things to work out for now, including waiting on the clearance to get back at school. But I want Nacogdoches High School’s seniors to know – along with their family and friends– we will do everything within our power to make sure graduation ceremonies take place for the Class of 2020.

The resilience of Nacogdoches is evident by its age… a community doesn’t get to be nearly 304 years old without weathering hard times over the centuries, only to return better and stronger. This will be no different, I am convinced.

For the time being, stay safe… and I do look forward to meeting you.

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