Superintendent Kevin Worthy’s “always we, never me” attitude is evident in the way he talks about Royse City ISD.
Although he’s only been here since May 2012, Kevin has already worked to implement a new way of learning and cooperation between administration, teachers, students and the community.
The school district’s strategic plan has already improved communication throughout the list of Royse City campuses.
“The plan allows our community to provide things that would be important in the education of our kids,” Worthy said. “The goal is to implement new operation techniques.”
According to Worthy, the school district certainly has. He calls the system a “culture of collaboration,” and said that is allows “learning from each other, creating an atmosphere that allows individuals to collaborate.”
In the past, schools like Fort Elementary and Scott Elementary would be doing great things educationally or hosting fun events for the students, but neither school knew about it.
Within the strategic planning curriculum, the word “collaboration” is used more than 20 times. Because of this, collaboration has become important to Worthy and the rest of the administration and teachers.
Included in the strategic planning outcomes are a few areas of which he is exceptionally proud. Other than the collaborative culture Worthy and other administrators and teachers have worked to create, he is excited about the 21st Century Learning program and “Capturing Kid’s Hearts” program as well.
With 21st Century Learning, 104 Chromebooks were recently purchased by the school district for high school teachers to use and master before using them in the classroom and developing a more technology-based curriculum.
“Capturing Kid’s Hearts” is another program started at Royse City to encourage meaningful student-teacher relationships with the understanding that “in order to reach a child’s mind, we must reach their heart first.”
This year, Royse City ISD has increased their safety and security measures, which have already proven to be successful.
Before Worthy was a superintendent at Royse City, he was first a furniture delivery boy from the time he could pick up furniture, he said.
His parents owned their own furniture store in Whiteright, where he worked all throughout his life, even during college summers.
With a passion for sports, Worthy attended Richland Junior College for a year to play baseball. After that, Worthy graduated from East Texas State University — now Texas A&M University—Commerce — with his bachelor’s in education, his master’s in education and his superintendent certification.
Worthy worked at the same school district for 18 years. At Gunter ISD, he was a baseball coach (where his team won state championships in 1994 and 1998), a football coach and a school principal.
What brought Worthy to Royse City was the “opportunity to be in a bigger school district.”
“Even though Royse City is a bigger district, it still has small-town beliefs. I don’t think we’ll lose the small-town feel,” Worthy said.
Worthy, who is “all about kids,” has two kids of his own, both in Royse City schools. His daughter, Cameron, is a freshman and plays volleyball and softball. Carson, his son, is a fourth-grader at Scott Elementary, who plays baseball year-round.
Worthy’s wife, Shannon Worthy, graduated from Texas A&M University with her degree in industrial engineering and now works as a finance and operational manager for Texas Instruments.
Now, in his 21st year in education, Worthy still loves his job and enjoys every day at work.
“It’s all about the kids for me,” he said. “We do this for one reason only: we love kids.”