Meet the Executive Directors
Dr. Kim Lawson began her career student teaching in a small underprivileged community while working on her Masters in Administration at Texas A & M University. Kim was honored to receive the State of Texas "Secondary Student Teacher of the Year" award while teaching mathematics at the high school level. After teaching high school, she taught fifth and sixth grade over several years in larger, more diverse school districts before entering school administration. Kim served as an assistant principal and principal for seven years at various elementary schools. Kim has had the pleasure and opportunity to work at every level in public education: elementary, middle, and high school as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Kim holds three degrees all from Texas A & M University: Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters in School Administration, and a Doctorate in School Administration & Leadership.
Kim joined KATY ISD in 2003 as the Director of Research, Assessment and Accountability. Kim has worked at the district office providing leadership in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and student intervention/support programs. She now serves as the Executive Director for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and oversees the core curriculum content areas PreK through grade 5, ESL/Bilingual, Response to Intervention, Health, Physical Education, Dyslexia, and Title I. She has engaged in numerous professional speaking opportunities and has written curriculum and assessment at multiple levels.
Dr. Cazilda Steele has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. In 1984, Dr. Steele began her career in teaching by returning to the school district in which she graduated, Galena Park ISD. She taught Biology for 6 years.
In 1990, she moved into administration at Spring Branch ISD. While in Spring Branch ISD, she had the opportunity to work as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She also worked in human resources and gained experience in those aspects of school administration.
During 2000, Dr. Steele decided to continue her education by continuing her advanced studies at the University of Houston. She worked as a research assistant for the Houston Annenberg Challenge and the University of Houston. The focus of her work was on high school reform and beginning teachers. She had the opportunity to present at several national and international conferences on the work of teacher mentoring.
In 2005 with 13 years of administrative experience, Dr. Steele joined Katy ISD as the instructional principal at Mayde Creek High School, in 2008 became the principal of Mayde Creek Junior High before assuming the role of principal at Mayde Creek High School in 2009. While at Mayde Creek, she has presented at numerous conferences, i.e. TASSP, TxASCD, NAESP, Learning2together, and the Texas Behavior Conference, showcasing the work at Mayde Creek High School. Dr. Steele has also been the host for a number of schools who have visited Mayde Creek to learn about the successful practices being implemented to close achievement gaps in learning, as well as, best practices used to motivate students taking advanced placement curricula.
Dr. Steele holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology Teacher Education, a Masters in Administration and Supervision, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.