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Katy ISD head promotes two internal leaders

July 1, 2020 GMT

Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski has appointed two internal campus standouts for leadership at WookCreek Junior High and in special education.

Andrew Lowry is the new principal of WoodCreek, and Gwen Coffey is the new executive director of special education for the district.

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Lowry has held several roles in his 14 years with Katy He spent two years teaching and coaching at Cinco Ranch High School. He then worked as the science instructional coach for both Cinco Ranch and Morton Ranch High Schools. Lowry went into administration in 2013 as an assistant principal at Tompkins High School. In 2017, he became the associate principal at Mayde Creek High School.

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“It is with great pride and excitement that I accept the role of Principal at WoodCreek Junior High,” Lowry said. “I feel very honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of excellence.”

Lowry holds both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science from the University of Texas. He has an additional Master of Science degree and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

“Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success at WoodCreek Junior High by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners,” he said.

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Coffey started teaching in Corpus Christi in 1996. She taught at Golbow Elementary from 1999 to 2005. Then, she became a counselor at Lamar Consolidated ISD and eventually went on to become the lead counselor at Bammel Middle School is Spring ISD. The next school year, she was promoted to assistant principal at the same campus and remained in that role until returning to Katy ISD in 2012 as an assistant principal at Cimarron Elementary. In 2015, she moved to Rylander Elementary as principal. In 2018, Coffey became director of compliance for Katy ISD.

“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead the Katy ISD special education department in supporting our students, families, teachers and administrators,” Coffey said.

She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, another master’s degree from University of Houston - Victoria. She is currently pursuing her Ed. D. from Texas Tech University and looks forward to graduating this year.

“I look forward to the continued development of outstanding opportunities for Katy ISD students through the combination of departmental support, the ongoing efforts of campus staff and parent partnerships,” Coffey said.

tracy.maness@hcnonline.com