Ms. Cathy Williams-Ridley, Principal
I am a product of public education and graduated from Crowley High School. I have always had a passion for learning for both myself and others. I became interested in education and teaching when my younger brother was diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, diabetes, and a learning disability. I tutored him often with his homework and frequently assisted my parents with understanding his IEP and the mounds of paperwork from his ARD meetings. After years of working with my family, I decided to major in special education, and my dream was to become a special education teacher. I received a Bachelor's degree from University of Central Oklahoma, a Master's degree from Praire View A&M and am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State Univeristy. This 2017-18 school year I will begin my 20th year with FWISD.
I have a 7 year old daughter named Fallyn who was 3 months premature, had a grade 3 brain hemorrhage, bacterial meningitis, hydrocephalus, and 7 brain surgeries before she turned 1. I was told by doctors all of the things she might not be able to do based on the many obstacles she faced early in life, but I had faith and believed she could do all things and I am proud to say she can! Fallyn is in kindergarten at J.T. Stevens Elementary. If your mind can dream it you can achieve it! I look forward to a wonderful year with my Leonard Longhorn family.
I believe all students can learn, but we must engage the child, personalize and differentiate our instuction and methods of delivery to meet the needs of each learner. As educators, we must invest in the whole child and his/her future. We must reach students when they first enter into LMS by building relationships, knowing their goals and dreams, and communicating with parents often. Then, we can truly impact their future and empower them with the skills and critical thinking to be successful in life.
Ms. Deborah Aspegren, Assistant Principal
This will be Ms. Aspegren’s 10th year working in the Fort Worth ISD and her fourth year as a proud assistant principal of Leonard Middle School. Ms. Aspegren also worked at Brewer Middle School prior to joining the FWISD. She has a passion for teaching and learning and has taught math in FWISD. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University and Master’s degree from University of Texas at Arlington.
Ms. Aspegren believes that all students can learn and achieve academic success if given the right support. She is committed to providing an environment that demands learning from everyone including: teachers, students, parents, all stakeholders!
Ms. Aspegren is excited about working with the students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to help make Leonard Middle School the “Best” school. At Leonard, excellence is the expectation, not the exception!
Mr. Keith Haliburton, Assistant Principal
I am Mr. Haliburton, the new Assistant Principal of the Mighty Longhorns of Leonard Middle School. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, staff, parents, and community of Leonard Middle School. It has been my pleasure and honor to be an educator for the past 19 years, all of which have been in the service of the students of Fort Worth Independent School District (The Oak/ Wyatt). In this time I have been blessed to begin, develop, and cultivate educational relationships for the pursuit of academic, athletic, and artistic excellence.
I am a proud product of the Lake Worth Independent School District (GO Bullfrogs). While at Lake Worth, I participated in all that the school had to offer; excelling as both a student-athlete and band member. With the support of my parents (Tommy and Sue Haliburton), my siblings, my teachers/coaches (Perry, Chormleigh, and Griggers), and my peers I was selected by Grambling State University to participate in their High Ability Program. This opportunity provided the means for me to attend GSU, whereby I participated in both their track and marching band programs (“The World Fame”) all while maintaining academic excellence. I hold a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Educational Administration from Concordia University of Texas.
People have asked why I chose education. I explain to them it is the calling God placed in my life, it is an honor, and I have to answer this calling. I want to give back the support and service that my educators have given me. I believe in educating the whole child, and supporting those who are in the business of educating children. My educational philosophy is built on the principles of Discipline, Commitment, Integrity, and Sacrifice. Without these attributes attaining success is difficult. All students have the ability to learn; however how they learn may be different, thus we must differentiate our instructional practices and methodology to meet the needs of all students. Another important part of this process is developing relationships so that all stakeholders see the investment in the pursuit of excellence.
In my spare time I can be found exploring the world with my beautiful wife (an exceptional Uno player) Sarah, and my family. I enjoy music of many different genres and maintain a youthful heart. I look forward to making a positive impact, serving the student, staff, parents, and community; and assisting with the great direction Leonard Middles School is going!!!
Excellence is the expectation!