Beyond the Pew with Andrew Babcock

by Tracey Horne

For most of our families, school now has been in session for just over two weeks and things are starting to feel somewhat routine as a “new normal” is established. For the Babcock family, party of six, that “new normal” reaches far beyond the afternoon dismissal bells as the whole family spends much of their week connected to the Lubbock Independent School district world.

Weekday mornings find the four Babcock kids, McKenna, Karleigh, Cameron, and Kinsley, heading out the door to their respective high school, middle school, and elementary school. Mom Windy navigates her way to Hutchison Middle School where she is the choir director, and dad Andrew makes the drive to LISD Central Office where he is the Executive Director of Fine Arts, a job that likely touches your child/grandchild if he or she is involved in one of the many fine arts programs offered by LISD.

The LISD Fine Arts Department oversees band, choir, theatre, orchestra, visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc), mariachi, and dance. They support teachers in the fine arts disciplines through curriculum design and implementation and assist with professional development opportunities. They are over the hiring of fine arts teachers and provide administrative and advocacy support for the teachers. The department insures that the district is compliant with laws and procedures dictated by the state and is very involved in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions by helping teachers prepare and making sure rules are followed. They also set budgets for all fine arts programs and strive to insure equity of funding across the entire district.
This sounds like an enormous job in any school district, but consider that LISD has over 27,000 students enrolled at 47 different campuses. One hundred percent of elementary students take part in a fine arts class, while 81% of all LISD students participate in a fine arts offering. McKenna, Karleigh, Cameron, and Kinsley are among that 81%, so in addition to focusing on fine arts for his job, Andrew also is supportive of the Babcock kids and takes his seat in the audience as a proud parent during various concerts and productions (as well as a proud husband supporting Windy and her students at her choir concerts!).

Andrew was born and raised in Michigan, but boasts some West Texas roots too. After graduating high school in Michigan, Andrew had to make a decision about college. He knew about Lubbock Christian University, but since LCU did not have a band program, it was not an option for him. He chose Abilene Christian University, which proved to be a wise choice for more than one reason; not only did he receive a bachelor of music degree with educator certification from ACU, but he also met his wife, Windy, while in Abilene. Andrew joined LISD in 2008 as band director for Cavazos Middle School. He soon was tapped by a Lubbock Christian University search committee to resurrect the band program at LCU.

From 2009-2015, Andrew served as director of bands at LCU and was instrumental in developing a band program that thrives on campus today. During his tenure at LCU, Andrew also completed a master of music education degree from Texas Tech University. In 2015 he took the job as Assistant Director of Fine Arts for LISD, a job that prepared and propelled him into the executive director position which he accepted in January 2019.

The Babcocks joined our Broadway family in 2017, drawn by the family atmosphere they experienced here. They perceived that Broadway was “intergenerational by design,” and noticed that the lines were blurred between youth/children’s ministry and adult ministry. They were seeking a church home where the focus on the growth and development of their children, both physically and spiritually, would occur in a family atmosphere rather than youth/children’s ministry being a separate arm. Windy and McKenna both sing on Broadway’s worship team, Windy is one of our worship leaders, and at various times over the past few years, the Babcocks have been involved in children’s musicals and Leadership Training for Christ. We are blessed that this talented family worships with us and shares their gifts with us and we wish each of them success in the busy school year just begun.

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