Read about some of our exceptional staff nominated for exemplifying The Leander Way!



Name: Ansley Smithson

Campus/Department: Rutledge Elementary

Job Title: Art Teacher

Component of the Leander Way: Create

Ansley brings a true passion and joy to all that she does. She has brought that same enthusiasm to virtual learning. She organized and implemented a “school wide” assembly that was student led by reaching out to students to have emcees, pledge leaders, weather reporters and special guests. She has really worked to keep a sense of routine and leadership for students. And, on top of all that, she also led a voluntary class in hand lettering just for fun for any students who wanted something to extend their creativity.

Ansley genuinely creates passion for learning. She inspires our students to excel as leaders in whatever their individual leadership is. She creates passion and enthusiasm amongst staff as well by helping build excitement for opportunities for students.

Ansley inspires others to be the best they can be. Her positive attitude and genuine care for others impacts all.

Beth Mohler, Rutledge Elementary Principal



Name: Jan Masterson

Campus/Department: Glenn High School

Job Title: Instructional Coach

Component of the Leander Way: Build

Jan provides incredible support to our teachers. She is welcoming and kind, yet challenges and supports staff to do what is best for students.

Jan is an incredible resource to our teachers, producing so many materials and ideas that make all of our lives easier. She is such a source of encouragement to everyone at GHS at all times, and she provides so much social and emotional support to our staff. Jan makes a huge difference at GHS and truly exemplifies the Leander Way!

Glenn would not be what it is today without Jan Masterson. She has worked behind the scenes to support every teacher in our building. She is a hidden rock star!

Arturo Lomeli, Glenn High School Principal