Elementary No. 26 gets name, principal selected


Leander ISD’s Elementary No. 26 now has a proper name. The Leander ISD board of trustees recently voted to name the school after Monta Akin, who retired in December 2015 after serving the district for more than 40 years.

The new school will be located across from Stiles Middle School at the corner of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Journey Parkway. Trustees voted to name the new school after Akin who they said was instrumental in implementing the district’s continuous improvement culture and guiding documents, while working closely with the district’s longtime superintendent, Tom Glenn.

“Looking at the history of this district, it is impossible to overstate Monta’s influence,” LISD Board President Will Streit said. “She played a pivotal role in transforming LISD from a poor-performing district in the late 1970s to one of academic excellence today.”

Akin was the district’s assistant superintendent of instructional services. Before serving in the assistant superintendent role, Akin was a teacher, a reading specialist and a curriculum director.

What’s a school without a principal? Beckie Webster was named principal of Monta Akin Elementary School at the last school board meeting. 

“I am excited to announce Beckie Webster as the principal of Monta Akin Elementary,” Superintendent Dan Troxell said. “Mrs. Webster is a dynamic leader who brings a vast amount of experience in best instructional practices and establishing systems to support achievement for all students. Her passion for learning and drive for excellence will serve the students, staff and community of our newest school well.”

Webster started her educational background in Comal ISD as a third-grade teacher in 1998. She joined Leander ISD in 2001 and has taught at Giddens Elementary School and Pleasant Hill Elementary School. She served as Whitestone Elementary School’s assistant principal before becoming their principal, a position she has held for seven years.

Webster earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas State University.