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Lindsay Luján Named Director of Special Programs

Denton ISD named Lindsay Luján the new Director of Special Programs, replacing Dr. Jay Weidenbach, who left the district at the end of the year.

The principal of Alexander Elementary since 2019, Ms. Luján has 13 years of experience in public education and nearly a decade of administrative experience. Ms. Luján will remain the principal at Alexander Elementary until her replacement is selected.

“It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to support our dedicated campus teachers, leaders and various specialized service providers throughout the district,” Ms. Luján said. “I look forward to the essential work for our learning community by meeting the diverse needs of our students in a community that I love."

In her new role, Ms. Luján will coordinate support for students, including special education services, Section 504 accommodations, dyslexia services and the Denton Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). The MTSS is a campus-wide foundational, evidence-based framework for effectively integrating multiple systems and services to simultaneously address students’ academic achievement, behavior and social-emotional well-being.

Prior to her stint at Alexander Elementary, Ms. Luján served as the Dean of Instruction at Central Elementary in Lewisville ISD from 2016-2019. In 2015, Ms. Luján was named the assistant principal at Central Elementary, where she led a team that implemented a campus-wide dual-language program. She was also instrumental in supporting a 1:1 technology initiative for fourth- and fifth-grade students on campus.

Ms. Luján began her education career in 2010 in Lewisville ISD as a second-grade math teacher and then moved to teach English as a Second Language in a dual-language environment. She was named her campus’ Teacher of the Year in 2012 and was honored as the Lewisville ISD Innovator of the Year in 2015.

On the district level for Lewisville ISD, she coordinated professional learning opportunities for mathematics instruction. She was often called upon to support the implementation of science instruction through the implementation of digital notebooks/portfolios for students.

Ms. Luján earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree with a focus on educational leadership from Concordia University. She grew up in Flower Mound but has lived in Denton for nearly 10 years.

"We are so excited about Ms. Luján joining our special education team,” said Dr. Lacey Rainey, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Programs. “Ms. Luján brings a wealth of campus leadership knowledge and will be able to streamline the processes for supporting special education systems at the campus level. Her enthusiasm and passion for students is evident in her actions and decisions.”