A&M-Commerce Doctoral Student Guides Lake Ridge Elementary Through COVID-19 Pandemic

A&M-Commerce doctoral student Marquita McCullum was featured in a recent article in the Dallas-based publication, Focus Daily News. The article highlights McCullum’s exemplary leadership during COVID-19 as principal of Lake Ridge Elementary School in Cedar Hill, Texas.

In the article, McCullum said collaboration has been key as the school attempts to provide a sense of normalcy to its students throughout the pandemic.

“Being a principal during this time is ever-changing,” McCullum said. “We have to be aware of any new information and then communicate that to our parents, scholars and staff.”

The article states that McCullum is getting creative in her district with new ways to continue fun and interactive events while incorporating CDC guidelines and maintaining a safe campus.

“We are working on creative ways for parental involvement activities, so we can still be connected,” McCullum said, whether that be virtual or socially distanced activities.

According to the article, Lake Ridge has worked to assure parents that safety comes first in the district. Faculty and staff training has been administered and procedures are in place to see that the campus remains a safe place. Students are socially distanced in their classrooms, and masks are required at all times, except when eating.

Read the full Focus Daily News Article.