KATY (Covering Katy News) – Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Dr. Diego Linares as the principal of Raines High School and the Opportunity Awareness Center and Cheryl Glasser as the principal of Rylander Elementary.
“I am excited to join Katy ISD as the leader of these unique campuses,” said Linares. “I believe it is important to educate the whole student, and I am looking forward to working with our community and teachers to provide pathways for all students to achieve success.”
Linares comes to Katy ISD with 15 years of experience in education. Most recently, he has served as a school support officer in the Houston Independent School District. He has also been a principal at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as a high school assistant principal and bilingual teacher. Linares received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogota Colombia, his Masters in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and his Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.
For Glasser, this new role offers an opportunity to spread her enthusiasm for cultivating transformational learning experiences.
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“I am honored and thrilled to become a part of the Rylander family,” said Glasser. “I am a leader who puts kids first in all decision making and promotes a community of learners. My passion is to foster positive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders of the Rylander community and I am committed to providing authentic, challenging learning experiences for each and every child. I look forward to working with my new Rhino family as we continue to charge to excellence.”
Glasser has worked in the field of education for 28 years. She joined Katy ISD in 2013 as the assistant principal of Morton Ranch Elementary. She had previously served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional specialist, and teacher. Glasser received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University and her Masters in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University.
Linares and Glasser will join their new campuses on June 18 and June 11, respectively. Linares will replace Kerri Finnesand, who was recently named principal of Seven Lakes High School. Glasser will replace Gwen Coffey, who was recently named as the district’s new director of compliance for special education.