Stuchbery Elementary celebrates 50-year anniversary

Stuchbery Elementary celebrates 50-year anniversary
Posted on 11/30/2017
Former Stuchbery principals with Supt. DeeAnn Powell and Associate Supt. Alyta Harell

By Jade Wise
PISD Communications

Stuchbery Elementary honored half a century of excellence, history and stallion pride last night at their 50-year anniversary celebration.

Hundreds of current and former students, administrators and alumni gathered at the campus to reflect on the storied past of the school and to look forward to the future. The celebration included a brief oral history about the school’s namesake, James E. Stuchbery. The school also debuted a new song entitled, “A Stallion’s Pride” performed by the third grade choir. Former principals Nancy Teichelman, Jackie Salisbury and Carolyn Waller joined the celebration and shared their experiences back when they were leaders of the Stallion student body.

The school, named after the first band director of Pasadena High School, opened in 1967 and has had only seven principals, including current principal, Jose Hernandez who was hired in the summer of 2017.

Jackie Salisbury, principal from 2005-2014, said that Stuchbery became a home away from home for her. “All the faculty and staff makes Stuchbery what it is. It’s not the building and it’s not the surroundings, but it is the people.”

“As I’m newly retired, I miss the campus, students, teachers and parents every day,” said Carolyn Waller, principal from 2014-2017.

Nancy Teichelman, Stuchbery principal from 1987-2005, said, “Stuchbery will always be a wonderful school with great students, great parents and great staff and I know the leadership and greatness will continue under Mr. Hernandez.”

In addition to the celebration, the school also dedicated a wing of the school to a longtime kindergarten teacher, Shirleene Lipsey.

“One of the first stories I heard about Stuchbery was about Shirleene Lipsey,” said Hernandez. “She’s tied to everyone. We’ve had parents who have told me that not only is she teaching their kids, but she also taught their parents.”

“Because of her tireless work as a kindergarten teacher, the kindergarten wing will forever be known as the ‘Shirleene Lipsey Kindergarten Wing’,” said Hernandez.

Shirleene Lipsey's family bows their heads during invocation
Shirleene Lipsey's family bows their heads during invocation

Former Principals and Administration
 (Pictured L-R): Alyta Harrell, Associate Superintendent of Campus Development; Jose Hernandez, current Stuchbery Principal; Nancy Teichelman, former principal; Jackie Salisbury, former principal; Carolyn Waller, former principal; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Superintendent of Schools

Current and Former Stuchbery Stallions
Current and Former Stuchbery students who attended the celebration.

Shirleene Lipsey Hallway
Plaque put up in dedication of the new "Shirleene Lipsey Kindergarten Wing"