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Principal's Message

Welcome to Chandler Elementary! We are excited your student will be attending our school this year. We feel blessed to be surrounded by dedicated staff, the best students, and wonderful parents.


Please take a few minutes to look around our website. We invite you to be partners with us in the education of your child. We also encourage you to join our PTA and be an active part of our school. As a team, we can accomplish anything.


Feel free to contact us with your praises and concerns.

We are looking forward to another great year here at Chandler Elementary School!


Cindy Lindley, Principal

Steven Collins, Assistant Principal





Cindy Lindley


I have been employed by KISD for 18 years. I taught 4th grade self-contained for 4 years, ELA for 6 years, and served as the Response to Interventionist/Interventionist/Testing coordinator/ Parent-Community liaison for 4 years at Kilgore Intermediate School. I was at Chandler for three years as the Assistant Principal before becoming Principal for the 2016-2017 school year.


I have a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Reading from University of Texas at Tyler. I also have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Leadership for Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. I also have certifications in English as a Second Language, Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent.


I have been married to Bob Lindley for 36 years, and we are members of St. Luke’s Methodist Church. We have two children. Our son, Curtis, is a KHS graduate and is now a Head Chef in Salt Lake City. He is married to Tara, a Chemist. Our daughter, Becci, is also a KHS graduate and serves as the Diagnostician at Kilgore Primary School and Chandler Elementary.  She is married to Bryan Thurston, a Highway Patrolman. We have three wonderful grandsons. Les, the oldest grandson, is now in fourth grade at Kilgore Intermediate and is in the Dual Language program.


I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, going to the movies, and baking cupcakes/novelty cakes!

I hope that you and your student enjoy our school. Our goal is to empower all students and provide a quality education in a caring and loving environment. We hope that each student chooses to make every day a GREAT day!




I am so excited to begin my first year in Kilgore ISD at Chandler Elementary. I taught 1st-4th-grade special education for 5 years and was assistant principal on a 4th-5th-grade campus last year.   


I have a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. I also have certifications in Special Education (EC -12) and General Education (EC - 6).  


I am married to Lois Collins for 14 amazing years, and we are members of New Beginnings Baptist Church. We have one princess, Kila, who will turn 12 years old this year and enter into the 6th grade. She will be continuing her love for dance and start playing basketball this year.  


I enjoy spending time with family and friends, serving my community, reading, music, dance, drama, going to the movies, and anything to do with superheroes (just check out my office). I love to work with and serve our local non-profits and currently serve as ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery at my church.  


I am looking forward to working with the staff and students at Chandler Elementary to provide the best learning environment possible. One of my favorite quotes is “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” by Winston Churchill. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year as we partner together to provide the best education to our young Kilgore Bulldogs.