Principal's Message

To the Italy stakeholders and Stafford families,

My name is J. Lance Bray, and I am proud to be principal of Stafford Elementary School. This is my 20th year in education, working with students from PreK through college age. My personal mission statement is "helping build agents of transformation", because I believe we all get to choose our attitude, behavior, and actions in each situation and those choices cause a positive transformation in those around us. I believe the students of Italy ISD, and promise to be the best servant leader I can be for each and everyone of them.

Here at Stafford Elementary, we will focus on forming daily values and habits and live by non-negotiables we expect from ourselves and from others.

Our values will be: showing appreciations for others, clarity in communication, ownership for our actions, being present, and keeping a safe environment.

Our non-negotiables will be: never stop growing - no one is a finished product, be passionate about education, everyone will be treated with dignity and respect, and positive attitudes please.

I am blessed and humbled to be able to serve as principal at this wonderful school. Although 2020-2021 looks different than any other year before, we choose hope and faith in the great things we will accomplish. Our theme this year will be Better. Together. We will support, listen, and encourage each other daily.

Go Stafford!

God bless,

J. Lance Bray, M. Ed.

Stafford Elementary (Italy ISD) Principal

"Don't just have a great life, be great at life."