Superintendent Lynn Torres announced that Amanda Gentry will be the new principal at Herty Primary for the new school year in the fall. She will be filling Jill Riggs’ position who will be the new Deaf Education Supervisor for the Lufkin Regional Day School for the Deaf.
Gentry graduated from Lufkin High School in 2002 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) in 2015. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from SFASU in 2018.
She began her educational career at Saint Cyprians Episcopal School as the PE teacher and archery instructor where she worked for seven-and-a-half years. Gentry then taught English Language Arts at Brookhollow Elementary for five years. She has been the assistant principal for Herty Primary for the past three years. She also participated in Lufkin ISD’s Leadership Academy in 2019.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead Herty Primary as principal,” Gentry said. “I wholeheartedly believe all students can learn, and it is my goal to ensure that our students receive exceptional quality instruction in an environment that is safe and nurturing every day. I am committed to working with our families, staff and community for our students to reach their maximum potential.”
Gentry’s husband Brent is also a Lufkin High School alumni class of 2001. He is the director of maintenance for Fleet and Facility at Sysco. Together they have two children, Lauren, 19 and Trent, 13. They enjoy Lufkin Panther football, Astros baseball, working outside and watching their son Trent play baseball.
“I am pleased that Amanda Gentry will take on a new role at Herty Primary as the new principal,” Lynn Torres, Supt. of Schools, said. “She is very familiar with the needs of that campus having served as assistant principal. I have no doubt that she will do an excellent job as the instructional leader of this campus.”