Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees approved during Thursday’s regular meeting renaming Malcolm Rector Technical High School the Margie Chumbley Academy for Success.
Chumbley is a Nacogdoches native and a longtime educator. She graduated in 1954 from E.J. Campbell High School before receiving a degree in education from Butler College in Tyler. From there, she had teaching stops at Northside Elementary in Cleveland, Texas, (where Chumbley was the school’s first black teacher following integration), and Brooks-Quinn-Jones and Emeline Carpenter Elementary in Nacogdoches. Chumbley also served as the lead teacher at Head Start pre-kindergarten.
Chumbley has dedicated 58 years of her life to education – nearly all of it in Nacogdoches – including spending the last 33 years as a substitute teacher for NISD.
Earlier this year, NISD trustees approved moving the Rector name to the new CTE center (Malcolm Rector Center for Advanced Careers and Innovation) under construction at Nacogdoches High School. Malcolm Rector is a former superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD.