Leisa Buckner Principal
Good Day Condra Cardinals, Parents and Staff,
It is my pleasure to serve you as principal this year! My name is Leisa Buckner, and this is my seventh year in educational leadership. Prior to becoming principal, I had many experiences including mentor teacher, lead diagnostician, special education director, and principal at other area schools. Even with this, I am always a teacher at heart, and taught for 18 years in Lubbock ISD and Southland ISD. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Education from Wayland Baptist University, and completion of certification for Diagnostician from Texas Tech University. My modeling of pursuing lifelong learning is intended to be an example to students and teachers that we never stop learning. Learning is a part of life.
I am blessed with an awesome family. My husband Mike and I, who is also a diagnostician, have been married for 39 years. We have two children, Makenzy and Luke. Both graduated from Texas Tech, Makenzy is in sales for Carpet Tech, and Luke is a teacher/coach at Idalou ISD. Luke and his wife Shayna are the parents of our first grandchild, Baylor.
I always had the same expectations for them, as I do your children, because when they are at school, your children are my kids. I love them like they are my own children and push them to do well like they are my own children too. I want to see them excel and become productive human beings, who have ample opportunity to become whoever they want to be when they grow up. Therefore, it is my privilege to lead Condra School, and the many talented teachers and students here!
Mrs. Leisa Buckner, M.Ed.
Hello my name is Teresa Lutrick and I am the Administrative Secretary for the wonderful Condra Charter School! I have been married to my husband Roby for 41 years. I am a blessed mother of 3 beautiful daughters. We have 3 wonderful son in laws and 10 of the best grandchildren. I love being outside playing with grandkids, playing Tennis, etc... I am so blessed to be a part of this school and all the wonderful people I work with!!
Debi Gardner is a graduate of the Restaurant Hotel and Institutional Management program at Texas Tech but found her calling helping people as a certified Paramedic. She has been on the McAdoo Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years as a fire fighter and Dickens County Ambulance Service for 24 years. She has been the Emergency Services Director for 11 years and keeps many other certifications to support her role as Paramedic. Debi has been married to her husband Mack for 24 years and they have four kids through traditional means as well as foster and adoption. Debi is very passionate about kids with ADHD and Dyslexia as she has seen the difficulty her own children have had dealing with these issues. She loves being in the school setting everyday and encouraging the children that they are smart and have great capacities to learn.
I’m Leigh Balios. I teach PE and Phonics at the The Betty M. Condra School for Education Innovation. This is my 30th year of teaching. I enjoy working out, playing Bingo, spending time with friends, and spending time at the Flying J Ranch with my family. I have 3 grown children and 2 dogs! I enjoy the simple things in life and love to laugh!
I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Betty M. Condra School for Education Innovation. I am also the mother of 8 amazing children. Six of my children were a blessing through adoption. I founded a 501c3 that’s helps people with little or no means acquire hearing aids. In 2017 I completed my education as a Hearing Instrument specialist. I have spoken motivationally at conferences and I always wrap up with “one person can’t change the world, but if each of us would help one person, the world would change”.
Hello everybody - My name is Neely Byrum and I teach Kindergarten at The Condra School. I have a 5 yr old son named Paxton who also attends The Condra School. I love teaching children and enjoy seeing their little faces light up when they learn something new.
Hello! My name is LaRonda Cunningham and I am the lead math teacher here at the Condra School! I am blessed and excited to be apart of such a great school who shares my love of learning and educating. I grew up in Lubbock and began my teaching career in 1985. I believe that all students should establish a strong sense of self-worth and establish respectable character while learning and discovering. I would like my future students to know that we are on this educational journey together to investigate our world and learn from our mistakes along the way to make us stronger. I have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren, 3 cats, and a dog. I love to hang out with family and friends, spend times out doors, and travel.
I have been teaching for 13 years now. My passion is Special Education and have taught all ages and all subjects and all different types of students before. I always feel like there is something I do not understand so I find it very enjoyable to help students who also feel that way. I also love to play music and sing. I enjoy having many animals around of any kind. But most of all I like having something, anything to learn. The best feeling is that one I have when I learn there is something I do not know because I know I am about to get smarter.
My name is Mrs. Sierra Chambers, the former Sierra Laybourn. My husband and I were married on June 6! I am originally from Dallas and moved to Lubbock in 2018. I am a Special Education Teacher and Dyslexia Therapist at Betty Condra School. This is my third, going on fourth year teaching Special Education for elementary students. I graduated at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX with a degree in Special Education. I love seeing students grow throughout the year and love seeing their a-ha moments.
John A. Seay
Greetings! My name is John A. Seay and I have the pleasure of working at Condra Elementary. I graduated from Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi with Honors in Communication and English. I have taught for twelve years in math, science, and engineering. Now I am an elementary teacher for Condra where I teach Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Special Education, and Robotics/LEGO Engineering. Every day I look forward to seeing our students. I enjoy providing them with knowledge and the tools to be successful inside and outside of our classrooms.
I have been in education for 33 years. These years have been in kindergarten, first and one year teaching fifth grade reading. I have two grown daughters, three grandsons and one grand daughter. I love to watch the two older boys play baseball and I am anxious to see what the younger two will be interested in!
My name is Fletcher Hall and I have the pleasure of working at Condra Elementary. I graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.S in Physical Education and teaching. My wife and I moved up to Lubbock in 2008. We have twin boys that will be starting 5grade this year.
I have taught for 8 years at various schools. Now I am an elementary teacher for Condra where I will teach Science and PE. Every day I look forward to seeing our students. I enjoy providing them with knowledge and the tools to be successful inside and outside of our classrooms.