Carol Ann North
Leander ISD's 29th elementary school is named for Carol Ann North, a beloved longtime LISD teacher and dedicated community advocate for children.
Carol impacted thousands of students in a remarkable 22-year career in Leander ISD. She taught kindergarten at Block House Creek and Knowles elementary schools, and Pre-K at Whitestone Elementary. She also served as a substitute teacher and volunteer with the district prior to teaching full time. Carol lost her battle to cancer on January 30, 2016. She was loved and remembered by many students, parents, and fellow educators for the way she connected with others and made each person feel special.
A champion of foundational literacy, Carol worked tirelessly to advocate for children, especially those in underserved communities. She believed in the potential of all students to learn and feel successful in learning.
Carol had a way of encouraging her students, who were often called “Smart Cookies”. Many students developed a lifelong love of learning because of her commitment to literacy and the fun she incorporated into every aspect of her classroom. Each year, Carol worked a part-time job at a local department store in order to be able to get enough books and stuffed animals for EVERY kindergarten student at her school to have for themselves. She was also a great mentor to new teachers, new-to-kindergarten teachers, and teachers who had been in the field for many years.
Carol spent her life serving others. Her mantra, and the way she lived life, was to always “be kind". We proudly carry on that tradition at North Elementary.