As Waxahachie welcomed new superintendent Jeremy Glenn, one thing was clear: community members can’t wait to see what Glenn does.
Waxahachie ISD officials hosted a reception for Glenn Thursday afternoon, Jan. 16. Glenn and his wife stood in the WISD board of trustees meeting room and shook hands with everyone who came in, as community members formed a line outside of the room in steady flow.
“I was a superintendent for several years, so we were teasing each other, and he said he was a superintendent at 27,” said Larry Goodrich, college of business and education dean at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. “I said unfortunately, I was one at 27, so we won’t talk about that.”
Goodrich said he and Glenn had a lot in common, and said he hopes he will be doing a lot of cooperative things together, with the college and WISD schools. Larry and his wife Kathleen, SAGU’s campus nurse, both agreed Glenn is young, creative and up-to-date on what’s going on in the community.
The new superintendent is an important part of the city, said John Hamilton. He and his wife, Arlene said they came to see him because a good education for children in Waxahachie is essential. Both write columns for the Waxahachie Daily Light.
“I just wanted to come and shake hands, say hello and see if we got a good feeling, which I think we did,” John said.
The family sounds like a delightful family and Arlene said she can’t wait to have the family move to town, she said.
“I think they’re really going to like us, too, as much as we like them,” she added.
The Glenn family is busy with the process of moving and learning about the community, so the welcoming reception has added a special touch to the transition, Karisa Glenn said.
“I just feel at home, it’s been very great,” she said. “This is probably the most welcome we’ve ever felt.”
She’s looking forward to meeting more of the community in the future, she said. She hopes to land a job in elementary education with the district after the move, she said.
“Everyone is so nice and full of energy, we want to be a part of that,” Karisa said. “We want to be able to serve in many different areas beside the school, but with the churches and organizations.”