Lufkin ISD Administration
Mrs. Torres began her career with Lufkin ISD as a Spanish teacher at Lufkin High School where she taught students for 27 years. She then took on a leadership role at the high school as an Associate Principal. From there, she moved to Administration as an Assistant Superintendent and most recently, Deputy Superintendent, where she has served since 2006.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish/Sociology, Masters degree of Spanish in Spanish Literature, and Masters of Education degree in Educational Administration, all from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Mrs. Torres has been a member of the Lufkin City Council since 1999. She is the current president of the Deep East Texas Council of governments where she has been on the board since 2001. She is a member of the Lufkin 4B Economic Development Corporation, City of Lufkin Finance Committee, City of Lufkin Tree Board, Kurth Memorial Library Board, Angelina County Appraisal District Board, Chamber of Commerce Board, Museum of East Texas Education Committee, and the STEM Advisory Committee at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Mrs. Torres is married to Pablo Torres, who retired as a principal from Coston Elementary. They have two adult children who are married and have five grandchildren.
Kurt Stephens, Deputy Superintendent, is a 1987 graduate of Lufkin High School. After high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received his bachelor’s degree in education/kinesiology, master’s degree in school counseling, as well as, principal and superintendent certifications.
With 23 years experience in education, Mr. Stephens has served as a teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal, associate principal and for the past three years, as the Lufkin High School principal. Mr. Stephens and his wife, Sonja, have two children, Peyton who is attending college at Texas A&M University and Madi, a recent graduate of the University of Houston.
Dr. Anthony Sorola
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
Dr. Anthony Sorola, originally from the west Texas town of Lamesa, is a Rice University alumnus. In 2001, he began serving as a bilingual teacher and campus administrator with the Dallas Independent School District. During his time with Dallas ISD he earned a graduate degree through the district’s Urban Collaborative for Educational Leadership Program. From 2009-15, he served as a central office administrative intern and the Teacher Incentive Fund Project Director with the Round Rock Independent School District. During this same period, he completed a Doctorate in Educational Administration within the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Sorola is currently in his 18th year as a public school educator. He is committed to providing quality leadership within the area of Administrative Services. Included in this area are Policy Services, Human Resource Services, Emergency Operations, Maintenance Services, Transportation Services, and Student Nutrition Services.
Assistant Superintendent of Education Services and Accountability
Barbara Lazarine graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with Bachelor and Master degrees in Elementary Education and later returned to complete a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with principal and superintendent certifications. She has been in education for 36 years serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, executive director and currently as Assistant Superintendent. Mrs. Lazarine supports the district with PK-12 curriculum, instruction, and school leadership development.
Mrs. Lazarine and her husband, Harvey, have three children, all Lufkin graduates and six grandchildren.