Mr. Shawn Lucena

Mr. Lucena was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he grew up on a farm raising Kona coffee and macadamia nuts. His family moved from Hawaii to southwest Arkansas. Mr. Lucena graduated from Prescott High School in 1992. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007 with his bachelor’s degree in education. During his years in the classroom, he taught science, outdoor education, AVID and driver’s education. In 2016, Mr. Lucena received his master’s degree in curriculum & instruction from the University of Texas in Arlington. In 2018, he completed his principal certification from Lamar University. He was an assistant principal in Nacogdoches.
Mr. Lucena is married to his wife, Aimee, who is a counselor at Nacogdoches High School. He has three children: Kai (20), Leilani (11) and Ethan (9).

Mr. Lucena has many hobbies and enjoys woodworking, photography, and rebuilding a vintage motorcycle. He has recently acquired some acreage where he plans to raise honeybees and chickens.
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A Message from Mr. Lucena, Fall 2022

Aloha y'all! I am very excited to join the Wildcat Nation! (This is the second time to be a Wildcat. In my school in Hawaii, we were the Konawaena Wildcats.) There are so many amazing things happening in our district. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.

Growing up in Kealakekua, Hawaii, there is a local phrase, “talk story.” Around here, it means the same as “sit and stay awhile.” As I reflect on the journey I have taken to get to Mount Enterprise ISD, I am reminded of the highs and lows of life and all the valuable life lessons I’ve learned. Our lives are a collection of choices, rewards, consequences and personal growth. As we live, learn and love, we amass a collection of stories that are humorous, emotional, encouraging and heart-warming. We discover the value of our life stories when we share them with others or “talk story.” Our lessons become their lessons. We find common ground in the tears we share or the belly-shaking laughter as we recollect experiences that we haven’t thought of in years. All of us, students, teachers, parents and community members, are all living storytellers and new relationships are born through sharing them. I am excited to write my next chapter here in Mount Enterprise. During the upcoming year, I look forward to meeting you and “talk story.”

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