Those who say superheroes do not exist clearly haven’t met her.
She’s Wonder Woman in disguise.
Callie Lawrence was hired at Henderson High School this summer to teach Professional Communications class and head the Journalism department, which is responsible for the Hi-Life student newspaper and the Lions’ Den yearbook.
“I knew from the first day I started at Henderson, I was going to love it,” Lawrence said. “Having a supportive administrative team makes a huge difference. Everyone on the campus is so friendly and supportive.”
Born in Fort Worth, Lawrence grew up in Quitman, Texas.
“Quitman is a small town full of people with good values,” Lawrence said. “Of course, every town has its issues, but overall, it is a great place to raise a family.”
Lawrence graduated high school early and with honors.
“Luckily, I never struggled at academics,” Lawrence said. “However, being raised by a teacher and a cop had a lot to do with my time management and attention to detail.”
After high school, Lawrence earned a musical theatre degree from Paris Junior College and a communications degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
“I loved theatre, but I knew a career in theatre would be difficult to say the least,” Lawrence said. “I thought being an attorney would be a good fit for me. Right before looking at law schools, I got a job in Texas as an investigator and feel in love with serving my community.”
At Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Lawrence wrote for the school newspaper, managed a radio station, competed in debate, was involved in a violence prevention organization, participated in a campus leadership organization and became a member of Delta Psi Omega.
“Of course, debate was my passion,” Lawrence said. “I was a station manager at my college radio station. On air was fun, but creating commercials was a great way to express my creative side.”
Lawrence became a teacher in order to spend more time with her children.
“The job I was currently working kept me away from home 80 hours a week, on a good week,” Lawrence said. “I did not like leaving for work and not knowing when I would be home. I am so glad I made the switch.”
So far, Lawrence has taught at two school districts throughout her teaching career.
“Having the opportunity to mold the minds of the future is so rewarding,” Lawrence said. “God has truly blessed me with this school district.”