AUBREY ISD, TX– Aubrey ISD held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Jackie Fuller Elementary School. At the ceremony, Aubrey ISD Board President Dr. Joey Saxon spoke about the board’s wish to name the district’s third elementary school after an educator.
Jackie Fuller’s name came up in their discussion as a teacher who had dedicated her life to the education of children and was still actively involved in the community and the school district following her retirement in 1995. It was announced by Aubrey ISD Superintendent Dr. David Belding that Jackie Fuller would be the name of the new school at the groundbreaking ceremony in February of 2019.
“I am very thankful for this journey that God has allowed me to take,” Mrs. Fuller said during her speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It has been such a joy to teach in a school system where I began as a 1st grader. To have my name on this wonderful, fantastic laboratory of learning is so humbling. My prayer and hope is that students will come to know that learning is a great adventure.”
With its distinctive silos, the Jackie Fuller Elementary School building opened its doors in August of 2020. Due to Covid-19, the ribbon cutting for the school was delayed, but Aubrey ISD held a small, private ceremony in October.
The district’s third elementary school was built by Pogue Construction on 15 acres of land in the Silverado housing development off FM 2931.
Huckabee, the District’s architecture firm, designed the new elementary school, which showcases the history of Aubrey while also blending innovative and traditional school methods within the building. The 93,820 square foot facility serves students from pre-K through 5th grade.
Dr. Belding introduced numerous people at the start of the socially-distanced ceremony that were part of the planning process for the school and supportive of the bond project. This included members of the school board, the Aubrey ISD Facilities Planning Committee and the town councils from the City of Aubrey, Krugerville, Providence Village and Cross Roads. Representatives from Huckabee Architects and Pogue Construction were also in attendance.
Standing in front of more than 40 family members, Mrs. Fuller reminisced about her upbringing in Aubrey and Denton. She talked about her education at Aubrey and Denton schools and the surprise of being named Denton High School’s valedictorian in 1951.
In 1959, Mrs. Fuller began her teaching career in Keller ISD. She taught 5th grade there for four years before moving on to 6th and 8th grade. She stayed at Keller for nine years before moving back to Aubrey and began her 21-year teaching career in Aubrey in 1974.
Three of Mrs. Fuller’s former students from her very first 5th grade class in 1959 were in the audience. During her speech, Mrs. Fuller asked the three men to stand up and thanked them for coming.
The heart of Mrs. Fuller’s speech was about teaching and the teachers that inspired her to become a teacher.
“I thank them so much because they truly inspired me to become a teacher,” Mrs. Fuller said.
Fuller principal Kari Abrams also spoke at the ceremony. She was on the original design committee for Elementary No. 3 as it was first known. Mrs. Abrams talked about seeing the designs of the school for the first time and how they captured her heart. She was part of the process from the blueprints, to the dirt, foundations, walls, roof, lighting and all the way to move-in day.
She ended her speech by speaking directly to the Fuller family in the first few rows.
“To Ms. Fuller and her family- you have my personal vow that we will always be dedicated to honoring the spirit of your family and to enriching the lives of our students in reading, writing, math, science, and history….we just may inspire a few “Jackie of all trades.””
Jackie Fuller Elementary School was part of the $51 million bond package that voters in Aubrey ISD passed in November 2017. Other construction projects included in the with bond package were additions and renovations to Brockett Elementary and Monaco Elementary Schools, additions to Aubrey Middle School, and additions and renovations to the agriculture science facility. The only remaining projects are a new band hall and auditorium at Aubrey High School.