Armstrong Elementary celebrates 10 years, honors legacy of namesake (11/5/18)
School celebrates heroes with program and fall festival
Fort Bend ISD (November 5, 2018) – Truth, love and family – these are the lasting elements of Dr. Lynn Armstrong, the long-time FBISD leader and namesake of Armstrong Elementary. These are also the threads that bind Dr. Armstrong’s legacy to her colleagues and the leaders that inspire today’s students.
Armstrong Elementary celebrated the dedicated educator, as well as other heroes, on Saturday, November 3, featuring Dr. Armstrong’s husband Tony and daughter Ashley, District and city leaders, military personnel and first responders.
Armstrong Principal Nancy Sanchez welcomed the audience and thanked all the organizers and participants, and David Yaffie, principal of Clements High School, remarked on Dr. Armstrong as a colleague. He noted that she had been a role model for him and an inspiration for his development as a leader.
Ashley Armstrong Dedmon, Dr. Armstrong’s daughter, praised her mother’s dedication and love for her students, even as her mother battled stage 4 breast cancer.
“When she walked through those doors, there was no breast cancer, there was only her kids,” said Dedmon. “She was about giving her kids her best.”
Other speakers from the day included Dr. Joe Rodriguez, FBISD’s Chief of Schools, Dr. Anthony Indelicato, Armstrong’s Assistant Superintendent, Elsa Villarreal, Armstrong’s Parent Educator, and Mayor Allen Owen, the mayor of Missouri City. Mayor Owen spoke to recognize first responders and military veterans.
“Our first responders are always the first to be there in tragedies,” Owen said, as he presented certificates to members of the Missouri City Fire Department and Police Department.
Members of the Fort Bend ISD Police Department were also recognized during the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, every one was welcomed outside to enjoy the fall festival, which included vendor booths, games and demonstrations. Friends from the Fort Bend County Libraries, Shape Up Fort Bend, Tutor Doctor, and others visited with families. Student volunteers from Marshall, Travis and Clements high schools and Missouri City and Fort Settlement middle schools also assisted with games and food booths.