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Mission Statement 

Texas ACE aims to improve academic performance/grades, school attendance, positive behavior, and student engagement by providing students with a safe place to go during non-school hours for extended learning and enrichment activities. The program serves students in Title 1 schools who otherwise would not have such opportunities. 

21 st Century Texas ACE- Lufkin ISD Program Features 

Mary Gail McCarty

Project Director 21st Century- Texas ACE

District Education Center

701 N. First St.

Lufkin, TX 75904


My name is Mary Gail McCarty, and I am the Project Director for Lufkin ISD’s new 21st Century-Texas ACE afterschool program.  I have been in education for the past 25 years and have worked for Lufkin ISD since 2013 in various roles as a teacher, Dyslexia Therapist, Literacy Specialist, Summer School Principal, LHS Dyslexia Coordinator, and Texas Reading Academies District Cohort Leader. 

I attended Stephen F. Austin State University where I received both my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and master’s degree in Education with a Reading Specialist Certification. I received my dyslexia training certification through Neuhaus Education Center.

I have been married for 30 years to Kevin McCarty, and we have three amazing children who are grown and live in three different cities across Texas.  I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. My husband and I are very active in our church and work with the Youth teaching 9th-10th grade girls and boys.

I am thrilled to be a part of Lufkin ISD’s 21st Century-Texas ACE program and our wonderful staff for The Clubhouse and Power Up Club.  Our team works diligently together to help provide a high-quality educational and enrichment program in a loving and nurturing environment for our students.

Tamara Anguiano

Family Engagement Specialist

21st Century- Texas ACE

District Education Center

701 N. First St.

Lufkin, TX 75904


Dear Families, 

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and want to take a moment to introduce myself.

Before working with Lufkin ISD, most recently I worked as a yoga therapist and taught English, French & Italian at the Universidad Anahuac Mayab in Merida, Yucatán. I was with Fort Worth ISD for a number of years where I was the coordinator for AVID, a nonprofit college-readiness program that helps schools  close the opportunity gap, preparing students for college, careers, and life. I received the Bayard H. Friedman HERO Award in Education  for my work with high school students in a predominantly Latino community. I have taught Adult ESL online, as well as French for Eastern New Mexico University.  While living in New York, I worked for the Italian press, covering business, politics, lifestyle, and fashion.  I received my B.A. from Hunter College in N.Y.C. and my M.A. in Education Administration from Texas Woman’s University. In our free time, my  husband Danny and I,  enjoy nature, camping, biking and taking our dogs for walks.

As the Family Engagement Specialist, my focus is on helping families become more involved in the educational experiences of their child(ren). Research shows that the more a family is involved in their child’s education and school, the more likely a child is to excel. Our program consists of many opportunities for families to get involved with educational events, both in-person and online. On our website, there are online educational resources so that you can assist your children with their studies. Please check our Calendar of Events to sign up for our upcoming Family Engagement events and don't forget to join our Facebook group here. In addition, we welcome volunteers to our program to help increase the connection between our program and our community.

I look forward to getting to know each and every  family. If you have any questions , please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

When the last bell rings, ACE is just getting started. The Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program provides no-cost activities before and after school and during summer for K–12 students in Title I schools. Funded through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and administered by Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas ACE helps students prepare for college, career, or military service. Texas ACE operates more than 700 learning centers in 142 school districts and has a proven track record for boosting attendance and achievement .

Community Partners

“Funded by a grant from the US Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program”