By Will McClure
With Greg London moving to Stamford High School to assume duties as principal, a gap was left open as Stamford ISD began the search for a new principal at Oliver Elementary. After an exhaustive interview process, Stamford ISD Superintendent Dr. Shaun Barnett was pleased to announce this week that Kyle Chambers, an administrator from Midlothian ISD, has been hired as the new Oliver Elementary Principal.
“The interview committee was very impressed with Kyle in the interview process and we feel confident that he and his family will be a terrific addition to the Stamford ISD family,” Barnett said. Originally from Red Oak, Texas, Chambers has had a 21 year career in education, both as a teacher and as an administrator, and looks forward to returning to the small town atmosphere.
For his first 8 years in education, Chambers primarily taught 7th grade science, also teaching at the 6th and 8th grade levels at times as well. In his 9th year, he moved to the administrative level at Midlothian ISD where he served as an assistant principal from 2003 to 2006. He then moved to Menard ISD where he was principal of kindergarten through eighth grade from 2006 to 2010 before returning to Midlothian where he has been principal of Vitovsky Elementary since 2010.
He and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 24 years and have three sons.
Chambers’s wife, Leslie, has been in education herself, having been an elementary teacher for 14 years. She has a love for theatre, directing many plays throughout her career in education. She is currently in the process of looking for a teaching position in Stamford or in the surrounding area. Their oldest son currently lives in Corsicana, TX and attends welding school. Their second-oldest, Mitchell, graduated from Midlothian High School this year and will be attending Navarro College in Corsicana on a theatre scholarship in the fall. Their youngest son, Timothy, will be a junior in high school and will move with his parents to attend Stamford ISD this fall
When asked why he decided to come to Stamford, Chambers said that Stamford has always interested him for many years, seeing how the community has been committed to the students’ educations and has been supportive of the teachers and administration for many years. He said that he sees how close the Stamford community is and looks forward for him and his family to become a part of the Stamford tradition. He also said that he and his wife have always really enjoyed small towns, him having grown up in Red Oak when it was a smaller community and Leslie Chambers growing up in Spur. When he said that the opportunity came open in Stamford, it made the dream to go back to a small town a reality.
“It has always been my heart’s desire to go back to a small town,” Chambers said. “When the opportunity came up, we talked about it as a family and made the decision as we had said for many years that we would move to a small town once all of the boys had graduated, but when the opportunity came up, we were ready to make that change. We are really excited to go back to a small town and to be in a very positive environment in Stamford.”
Chambers went on to note that Stamford will also be a bit of a reunion for him as he worked with Athletic Director Ronnie Casey when Casey was in Menard. He noted that he and Casey had a good working relationship during their years together in Menard and noted that already knowing people in Stamford will help the transition be that much smoother. Chambers said that he will officially be ending his tenure in Midlothian on June 22 and will begin his duties in Stamford after the July 4 holidays.
And so, as Kyle Chambers and his family get ready to make the move to Stamford in the next month, it can be certain that he will be welcomed with open arms as he gets settled into his new role at Oliver Elementary. More information about Chambers will be featured in the coming weeks, but for now let us all give the Chambers family a big Bulldog welcome as they join our community. Welcome to Stamford, Mr. Chambers!