Office of the Superintendent

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Lee Joffre, M.Ed

Dear Italy Families,
I welcome you to the start of the 2018-2019 school year! I am eagerly anticipating a successful and rewarding year, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff, parents and community to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students.

For those of you I have yet to meet, please allow me to introduce myself. Last year marked my second year at Italy HS & JH as Superintendent and I served as the Schools principal for 5 years. Prior to joining the Italy community, I worked in the Mansfield Independent School District for five years as an assistant principal. I also taught high school and junior high school math for five years after starting my career as a fifth grade teacher. My career has given me a multitude of opportunities to help children and their families. For that, I am grateful.

Upon enrollment in Italy ISD you will find many opportunities for your child to be a part of this great school family. Our magnificent teachers, sponsors and coaches help provide competitive outlets in the areas of academics, theater, agriculture, art, cheer, band and athletics. We also have a wide variety of clubs for our students.

I recognize the start of a senior year, the start of Kindergarten and every year in between can signal feelings of both excitement and trepidation. I thank you for entrusting your children to our wonderful staff. We do not take lightly our responsibility of ensuring your children experience a highly-engaging educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment, and we are thrilled to partner with our families as they embark on the next leg in their children’s academic journey.

I am excited and honored to be a part of the Italy family for what I know will be an amazing school year. Those who know me know that I truly want to help families be comfortable at our school, and I welcome your questions, concerns, and input at any time. You may contact me at 972-483-7411 or

Danette Dearing
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

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