Lufkin ISD Administration
Mrs. Torres has been with the Lufkin Independent School District for 47 years. She 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. She was appointed as superintendent in May 2018.
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 served on the Lufkin City Council from 1999 to 2022. As a representative to the City of Lufkin, she served two terms as president of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments. Her other roles included chairman of the Lufkin 4B Economic Development Corporation, the City of Lufkin Finance Committee, the City of Lufkin Tree Board, the Kurth Memorial Library Board, and the Angelina County Appraisal District Board. She currently represents Lufkin ISD on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the 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 four 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 27 years experience in education, Mr. Stephens has served as a teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal, associate principal and Lufkin High School principal. Mr. Stephens and his wife Sonja, both graduates of the Lufkin High School Class of 1987, have two daughters. Madi, LHS Class of 2014, is a graduate of the University of Houston and Peyton, LHS Class of 2017, is a graduate of Texas A&M.
Dr. Daniel Spikes
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
Dr. Spikes was born and raised in Lufkin, Texas, where his parents Pastor Willie Spikes, Sr. and Charlotte Spikes reside. After graduating from Lufkin High School in 1996, he attended The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) and earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English. He returned to Lufkin, Texas and taught 7th grade English/Language Arts at Lufkin Middle School and served as an assistant principal at Lufkin High School after earning his Masters of Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University.
After seven years at LISD, he decided to return to UT-Austin to pursue his doctorate. While pursuing his degree, he served as a Graduate Assistant in various departments throughout the university and later worked full time as the Assistant Director for Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs, and as the District Site Coordinator for the federally funded Principalship Program at UT-Austin. He graduated from UT-Austin in August of 2014, with a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, focusing on Educational Policy and Planning.
After graduation, he served as a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy at Iowa State University (ISU) for four years. In this role, he helped prepare future P-12 principals, superintendents, university education faculty and P-12 educational policy makers. His research interests focused on racial disparities in educational outcomes and the policies and practices of school districts, schools, and school leaders that serve to perpetuate and/or ameliorate these disparities. He also focused on the professional development of adult learners on critical consciousness and how this development contributes to the improvement of educational experiences and outcomes for all students. After his four years at ISU, he was extended an opportunity to serve in the same capacity at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) where he taught before moving to Lufkin.
Dr. Spikes is the proud husband of Garisa Spikes and the proud father of three beautiful daughters: Madeline, a graduate from Iowa State University, Hannah, a Lufkin High School senior; and Gabriella, a 5th grader at Brandon Elementary.
Assistant Superintendent of Education Services and Accountability
Mrs. Slaton is a homegrown educator with 24 years experience in education. She began her career as an elementary teacher and then taught at the middle school level focusing on developing literacy skills with struggling readers. She served as a high school counselor for five years before coming to Lufkin ISD in 2004. Mrs. Slaton worked as the senior counselor at Lufkin High School in 2004. She then served on the Lufkin High School Administration team as an Assistant Principal for ten years and as the Associate Principal for the last five years. She received the Region 7 Assistant Principal of the Year Award in 2012. This award is nominated and chosen by peers within each region and nominations are based on outstanding leadership and exemplary performance.
Mrs. Slaton is a Lufkin native and graduated from Lufkin High School in 1992. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology. In 1995, she earned her teaching certificate at Sam Houston State University. She then attended Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) and was awarded a Masters of Counseling and school counselor certification in 1999. In addition, Mrs. Slaton holds a State of Texas Professional Counselor Supervisory license in which she utilizes to mentor and support the role of the school counselor. She also completed the Educational Leadership Program at SFASU, receiving both her principal certification and her superintendent certification.
Mrs. Slaton was married to the late Brent Slaton for twenty years, and they have one son, Mack Montgomery Slaton, who attends Lufkin Middle School.