Besides its excellent faculty, LBJ is lucky to have many other talented adults helping out in a variety of ways. None of these caring individuals is more important than officer Art Marquez, now in his 11th year as a policeman based at an APS school site.
"I started at Cibola High School," Marquez said, "but wanted to work with middle school age students. I always ministered to young people as a youth pastor, so it was right up my alley."
Besides being LBJ's most visible Dallas Cowboys fan, Officer Marquez uses his skills to handle a variety of situations and conflicts. One dramatic example was breaking up a girl fight in which one girl was biting the other -- and wouldn't let go.
"I don't think anything is complicated when you are properly trained," Marquez said. "Dealing with parents is one of the hardest things I have to do. The most exciting task is being a good listener and being able to make a difference in a young person's life."
This story was written by Sasha Sargeant, student reporter for The LBJ Howl.