Former Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees board member Andra Self was awarded the Community Service Award from the Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, Inc. at the 16th annual scholarship gala. Mrs. Self served on the Lufkin ISD school board from 1996 to 2023.

Lufkin ISD School Board President Kristi Gay and Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, Inc. President Johnnie Giles presented Mrs. Self with the award for her dedication to education and the students of Lufkin ISD.

Mrs. Self received Master Trustee designation through Leadership TASB and was LISD Board President when that board was honored as TASA Outstanding School Board of the Year. Andra served 6 years as Region VII Director, testified before the Senate public education hearing on behalf of public schools, and served as chair of the TASB Legislative Committee. Mrs. Self was elected as a President of the Texas Association of School Boards.

Her numerous civic activities included service on the boards for 4 B Economic Development Corporation (4 B),  Angelina County Health District, Hospice in the Pines, and Boys and Girls Club of East Texas, and involvement in Leadership Lufkin, United Way, Junior Achievement, Junior League of East Texas, the Mayor’s Task Force on Rehabilitation, and the LISD Better School Task Force. Other honors include the Silver Spike Award for Community Service presented by the Chamber, graduation from Leadership Lufkin, and appearing on the cover of The Journey magazine. She has been active in community service organizations such as Top Ladies of Distinction, holding various offices for the Lufkin chapter and receiving several TLOD community service awards. Andra was the Clinical Services Director for the Lufkin State Supported Living Center.  She also completed 29 years of service at Memorial Health System and was the Director of Rehabilitation Services (inpatient and outpatient services).

Mrs. Self is a graduate of Lufkin High School. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Houston and is also a registered medical technologist through St. Joseph’s School of Medical Technology. She holds two master’s degrees (in education and in business administration) from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. Self is married to Kenneth Self, and they have two children, Jonathan and Tiffany.

Photo by: ANDY ADAMS/Lufkin ISD