December 1, 2022


The Education People

Derby board clerk Litona Hoyt ‘instrumental’ to district’s functions | Derby News

Litona Hoyt, clerk for the Derby Board of Education and secretary for Derby’s superintendent, has constantly had a passion for general public provider.

So when it came time to pick a career field, she understood she required to go after just one that would enable her to serve others.

“I’ve always been large on group assistance,” she said. “After getting a couple of public administration classes, I actually appreciated that facet ’cause it felt like I experienced a goal.”

Hoyt is originally from California but moved to Winfield with her household in 1999. She graduated in Winfield two many years later on, likely on to gain a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Kansas.

After her undergraduate degree, she worked as a paraprofessional at Whittier Elementary in Winfield for a yr ahead of getting to be a looking at instructor and tutor.

In 2011, she started off doing the job for Derby educational institutions as a public facts assistant.

“My family members had previously moved [to Derby] in 2009, so I was by now commuting again and forth,” she said. “At the time, my then-boyfriend’s mom, Sue Wilson, labored for Derby Public Schools and she instructed me about the opening.”

About a 12 months later on, she grew to become the board clerk and superintendent’s secretary.

Her duties in all those roles consist of planning agendas for school board conferences, using notes at the meetings and controlling the university board’s livestream.

Hoyt also helps in several capacities at the district’s communications department, including preparing multimedia content material and offering translation companies for the 42 families in Derby schools who converse Lao as a dwelling language. Escalating up, she spoke Lao at household with her dad and mom.

“It’s so significant to get that interaction throughout evidently to families,” she mentioned. “Growing up, I know that my mom and father struggled. They ended up only conversationally proficient in English. A good deal of that was stuff that I experienced to relay back again to them.”

Hoyt not long ago decided to go back again to university to end her master’s degree in community administration at Wichita Condition. She commenced the diploma again in 2006 but had to place it on keep till about a few several years in the past, when her dad grew to become ill.

“[My master’s degree] was variety of unfinished organization that I preferred to achieve and make him happy,” she claimed.

She managed to retain her master’s degree a mystery from her dad, Oak Bounevongxay, until eventually the day of graduation. She invited household members to Koch Arena beneath the guise of attending a neighborhood application, only to shock her father in full cap-and-robe apparel.

‘Focused on serving others’

As aspect of her contributions to the district’s communications, Hoyt began a video clip sequence all through the pandemic identified as “Derby 260,” which seeks to interview and emphasize various staff members users in the Derby university district.

“There are so numerous special staff members customers in our district,” she said. “And all of their experiences and training or special backgrounds lends alone to offering a distinctive expertise for our learners and staff users.”

The movies can be observed on the Derby Public Schools site and on her YouTube channel, which is stated underneath her identify.

USD 260 Board Clerk Litona Hoyt, remaining, interviews District Safety and Safety Officer Matt Liston as aspect of the district’s “Derby 260” movie sequence. Hoyt introduced the movie job interview collection through the pandemic as a way to showcase beneficial highlights in the district.

Hoyt also will work as the secretary for Superintendent Heather Bohaty, making certain the superintendent’s office operates smoothly.

Bohaty reported she first satisfied Hoyt when Hoyt was the public information and facts assistant and Bohaty was even now the assistant superintendent of human sources.

She explained Hoyt as “instrumental” in the district’s daily functions and said she has constantly brought a solid operate ethic and willingness to assistance out in all of her many capacities.

“[Hoyt] has introduced quite a few strengths to each individual of the positions she’s served in and can often be counted on,” Bohaty said. “She is highly structured, thorough and has so a lot of competencies and knowledge that she provides to this place.”

“She’s centered on serving other people and is continuously seeking for the following option.”

Hoyt has also served in the Derby Education and learning Basis because 2016, which aids give grants and scholarships to Derby Public Universities students, academics and courses that are not funded by govt dollars. She lives in Wichita with her two little ones and her spouse, Charlie, who is a Derby graduate.

Hoyt explained her own favourable encounters as a scholar encourage her to do the most effective for learners in Derby faculties, each in her task and her volunteering endeavours with the DEF.

“Although I’m at the administrative office environment and we really do not interact with learners on a each day foundation, we are accomplishing all the things to assistance students and make certain the district is jogging efficiently,” Hoyt explained.