Mrs. Deen has served on the board since its inception in September of 2017. A Kaufman native, Mrs. Deen graduated from Kaufman High School, attended Tyler Junior College and received a Bachelors Degree from UT Tyler. She later, received her Masters Degree in Education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Her education career spanned 32 years, 22 of those years were in Wills Point ISD. For 21 years, she served as the Principal at Wills Point Primary School.
Her husband, Bobby Deen, was raised in Wills Point. He, along with their children Taylor and Zach, graduated from Wills Point High School. This is Mrs. Deen why for serving on the WPISDEF, "My connection to the Wills Point community and Wills Point ISD runs deep. That is why I feel privileged to serve on this Board of Directors. To be able to enhance the education process for the teachers and students of Wills Point ISD is very rewarding!"
Mrs. Keierleber is a graduate of Forney High School and holds a Bachelor in Business with a minor in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration. She is also certified in Business Education 8-12. Prior to coming to Wills Point, Mrs. Keierleber worked as the Executive Director of the Forney Education Foundation for seven years.
Her husband Eric Keierleber, is a 2004 graduate of Wills Point High School. He, along with their three sons reside in Wills Point. Cole (2031), Case (2034), and Cade(2035). Mrs. Keierleber is passionate about serving others in her community and education. This is how she described her role as the Executive Director, "The Foundation gives me the opportunity to give back to the teachers and students of Wills Point who educate and encouraged the future of this community. I have a passion for supporting the difference a teacher or administrator can do in the life of a student! Education foundations give them the tools to reach heights that would otherwise seem impossible."
Education, and especially education in this town is important to me! I'm so thankful that this organization/foundation has been started to bless all of the children and teachers in WPISD!
Thank you to those who have donated their time and money, and expertise to make this a success!
- George and Jackie Winton
(former WPISD teacher/counselor)
I love that the Foundation shows growth and progress coming to Wills Point!
The Foundation builds the community from the ground up! It gives encouragement and support for our teachers and future leaders for our own community and abroad.
The foundation has been a blessing for our teachers and students! It provides teachers an opportunity to seek out resources for their classrooms and their students, present, and future. It is an opportunity for our community members to come together to support our teachers who are trying to provide the best education possible to the young minds of WPISD. I am a past grant recipient and I can say, the Chromebooks purchased with the grant money for my classroom has made it possible for me to integrate more technological skills in with our daily science lessons, as well as explore more individualized extended learning opportunities for students to practice what they are learning in class on their own level and at their own pace. Thank you Education Foundation for your support in the classroom!
Hali Thoele - 5th Grade Science Wills Point Middle School
The Foundation is important to me because it really helps in the growth and adding some "fun" in the learning for our children. I am very grateful for the love and help from the foundation for the help in educating my students.
Holly Hurley, 3rd Grade Teacher
We are so grateful to our Education Foundation! The grants we have received have enabled us to implement a campus-wide writing and grammar program called Mentor Sentences. Through this program our Language Arts teachers introduce and develop grammar and writing skills through a mentor text each week. By analyzing numerous published authors with varying styles and sentence structures, students begin to recognize and mirror good writing techniques. Writing becomes fun and seemingly easier when they have a “mentor” author. Implementation from 2nd through 4th grades has given us the opportunity to create strong, consistent, vertically-aligned grammar and writing instruction across the campus. And... since Mentor Sentences is literature-based, enhancing vocabulary and reading comprehension is a sweet bonus!
Lahri Gentry, Woods Instructional Coach