By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Dr. Janice Mauldin, the new assistant superintendent of the Gainesville Independent School District this year, has worked in the Texas education system since 1971 and has made learning a life long goal not only for herself but for the students whose lives she has touched.
Mauldin received her bachelors in education from Texas Tech University with a specialization in math. She achieved her masters in curriculum instruction and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Mauldin’s career has always centered around helping children be accountable for their learning and teaching them how to find success and confidence in their endeavors.
Mauldin said, “It is up to us to show these kids how to communicate when they need assistance. It can’t be just hating math or English or any subject they have trouble with. It is finding out why they hate these subjects and what can we do to identify the true problem and find a solution.”
“We must give a voice to the students and be their partner in learning,” Mauldin continued. “If we hold them accountable for their body of knowledge, we must help them focus on learning in order to both define and refine their efforts.”
Mauldin plans to do everything possible to help each GISD campus set goals in identifying a customized plan of action as she meets with principals at each school.
“If we address the needs of each campus individually, we can tailor a plan of action for them and success will follow. When we meet our goals, state standards will be achieved,” she continued. “Persistence and consistence will propel our students to greater achievement as we focus on our ultimate goal which is to get them college ready.”
In speaking of GISD, Mauldin credits superintendent Jeffrey Brasher and the inspiring teachers in the great school system in Gainesville.
She said, “This is a good school district and great strides have already been made to make these schools a source of excellence. With the outstanding staff and administrators, scores will continue to show improvement resulting in less frustration and better results all around. I am not here to change things but focus on a few key elements to strengthen the program. When we identify that a child is having problems, usually through test scores, we want to find out why so we can help the student understand and overcome the difficulty.”
As they build on their successes in small increments, Mauldin believes even students as young as kindergarten will benefit from the program and when they reach high school, they will be on a path of life long learning that will give them confidence and success long after graduation
Mauldin’s journey in education revolved around the path of her successful basketball coach husband, Tony Mauldin, who began his coaching career in 1970. He coached in the Texas high school ranks winning district championships at three different high schools. Mauldin coached teams went to the final four six years in a row and won three state championships. Since Tony Mauldin’s retirement in 2011, they couple has spent much time in Kenya where as an educator and basketball coach, Tony Mauldin held several basketball clinics in Kenya. Both of the Mauldins maintain a close tie to the Kenyan communities and schools established with their efforts. Mauldin tells of one Saturday where over 3,000 east Africans walked to participate in a session.
Now working as a sports talent scout, Tony Mauldin is working to identify sports talent throughout East Africa and to link athletes with schools where scholarships enable them to be trained and nurtured while they pursue an education at university levels throughout the world.
Three Mauldin daughters live in the Austin area and a son, who is an administrator, lives in Lubbock. 10 grandchildren consisting of five boys and five girls round out the immediate family. Mauldin is fondly called “Canaw,” a name given to her by one grandchild who could not say Grandma.
“I am where I am today because of my family and the blessed journey my husband and I have been on,” she continued. “We are glad to be in the north Texas area where the airport and international capabilities give Tony easier access to his continued mission work in Africa.”
“As for me, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of this welcoming community and to participate in this great school district.”
She continued, “My ultimate dream is to get kids excited about learning and to not be oppressed by it. To give them the tools to successfully learn and to find joy in doing so is my goal. After all, when they have the basics down, they can create, think outside the box and explore where ever their imagination takes them.”
By CATHY MOUNCE
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