Hello, my name is Kendra Beshirs. I have had the pleasure of working at Justiss Elementary since 2003. I had the privilege to work as a special education teacher and reading coach before becoming an assistant principal. This year is my 7th year as one of the assistant principals and I am very excited that everyone is back on campus. It is wonderful seeing all the students' sweet smiles. Thank you for allowing me to work with your children. I look forward to coming to work everyday after all these years.
My husband and I have been married for 26 years and have two children. My husband recently made a career change and is an insurance agent at Texas Farm Bureau. Our boys, Blake and Kyler are Paris High School graduates that had the opportunity to play collegiate soccer. Our oldest son, Blake, graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and started working at Paris Junior High as an inclusion teacher along with coaching football and baseball. Kyler attends Dallas Baptist University and is working towards becoming a physical therapist. We stayed busy for years with both boys playing sports. Now in my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, shopping, and supporting students by attending their events. My door is always open if you need anything.
Hello, my name is Dustin Smyers, one of the Assistant Principals working alongside Mrs. Elmore, Principal and Mrs. Beshirs, Assistant Principal. I am so glad to be here...actually to be back! I completed my student teaching here at Justiss over 20 years ago in Mrs. Hooten’s classroom and Mrs. Meredith’s classroom. After completing my student teaching and receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M - Commerce in 1998, I began working at Chisum Elementary. I was a Reading Recovery, 1st grade, and 2nd grade teacher before becoming their Assistant Principal. While teaching, I received my Master of Education degree from Texas A&M - Commerce in 2003. I left Chisum after 7 years and moved to Tyler, Texas, with my daughter, and worked as a school administrator with Tyler ISD at Clarkston Elementary for 10 years. When I moved back to Paris in 2016, I became the Principal at Roxton ISD for 1 year before arriving here at Justiss Elementary.
My daughter Emery, who is my pride and joy, is a Senior in High School. She loves to play volleyball and I enjoy watching her play. She’s a pretty cool kid! My favorite things to do are snow skiing, sitting on the beach, hanging out by the swimming pool, working out on my land, and being with family.
I am so excited to be a member of the Justiss team!