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. Sanée Bell began her education career in
Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She taught 8th grade
Language Arts and coached girls basketball. She moved to Texas in 2002 and
began teaching 10th grade English and coaching girls basketball at Katy High
School. Dr. Bell served as an assistant principal at West Memorial Junior
High (2005-2008) and WoodCreek Junior High as an inaugural staff member from
2008-2011. In 2011, she became the principal of Cimarron Elementary. During her
tenure at Cimarron, Dr. Bell was recognized as the 2015 Katy ISD Elementary
Principal of the Year. In 2016, Dr. Bell became the principal of Morton Ranch
Junior High and served in that role until becoming the Executive Director of
Secondary Curriculum and Instruction in 2021.
Dr. Bell has been invited to present at local and
national conferences on various topics, and she has
contributed to several publications and podcasts focused on leadership and its
impact on students and teachers. She is passionate
about authentic, purposeful learning for students and teachers, and she also
has a strong passion for leadership and its impact on teacher engagement,
student learning, and school culture. Dr. Bell recognizes her impact as a
leader and uses her role to inspire, motivate, and empower others.
Dr. Bell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and
Allied Language Arts from Western Kentucky University, a Master’s Degree in
Educational Management from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and a
Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and
Instruction from the University of Houston – Clear Lake