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March 12, 2015
Ed White Elementary School Celebrates 50 Years
Former Staff and Students Attend
(L to R) Principal Matt Paulson welcomes back former principals Glenna Shields and Les Talley
students of Ed White Elementary in El Lago showed their school spirit
wearing red, white, and blue for the special 50th Anniversary
Celebration on Friday, March 12, 2015. Former teachers and principals
were there to help commemorate Ed White Elementary School’s legacy and
take a look back at how the campus has changed since the doors opened in
The celebration began with a student parade and
the Clear Falls High School drum line marching down the halls of the
school. The ceremony included a video complete with a song and photo
flashback of the past five decades. David V. Hughes, EVA Management,
NASA Johnson Space Center, presented Principal Matthew Paulson with the
official NASA poster commemorating 50 years of Extra Vehicular Activity
(EVA). Hughes reminded the audience that the school’s namesake,
Astronaut Ed White, was the first American to perform a spacewalk.
Paulson, former student and now principal, rekindled his favorite
moments as a student at Ed White Elementary. Paulson, son of an
engineer, started kindergarten in 1968. “Ed White was a different school
while I was a student; It was full of astronaut families and a
community filled with engineers and astronauts,” Paulson said. “Neil
Armstrong’s son was in my first grade class.” That legacy is alive and
well as Ed White became Clear Creek ISD’s first Elementary Science
Technology Engineering and Math (ESTEM) campus in 2014.
speaker and former math teacher Barbara Bright taught at Ed White from
1966 -1993. “While talking with my students I remember asking them if
they knew anyone who was famous,” Bright said. “They all replied no.
Many of their fathers or neighbors were astronauts but that was just
normal to them in this community.”
Over the past 50 years the school has had just three nurses, four
principals, and five custodians. Two former principals, Les Talley
(1965 - 1992 and Glenna Shields (1992 – 2003), attended the celebration.
“This school has a fantastic staff and a long history of community,”
Paulson said who has been principal since January of 2006. “The sun
always shines on Ed White.” Susan Brown was Ed White Elementary
Principal from 2003-Dec 2005.
Click here to view more photos from the celebration.