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Katy ISD Names New Principals for Hutsell and Shafer Elementary Schools

(KATY ISD) - Shauntá Smith has been named as the new principal at Hutsell Elementary and Kristi Gonzales as the new leader at Shafer Elementary.

Shaunta Smith

Smith is taking the reins at Hutsell Elementary after Margie Blount’s retirement. Smith has 20 years of educational experience and began her career as an elementary teacher in 2002 at Betsy Ross Elementary in the Houston Independent School District. While at HISD, Smith was also a summer school coordinator, literacy coach and a vanguard magnet coordinator. She joined Katy ISD in August 2013 when she accepted a position as an English language arts and social studies instructional coach at Mayde Creek Elementary School.

Since then, she has served in several leadership roles which include assistant principal at Franz, Hutsell, Randolph and Stephens elementary schools as well as principal for the Katy Summer Academic Term Initiative at Mayde Creek Junior High. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University.

“Through many different roles, I have wholeheartedly directed my energy towards the goal of launching children into a world of endless possibilities,” said Smith. “I also look forward to contributing expertise in instructional leadership to the Hutsell family and to this excellent school district that has successfully prepared children to live honorable and fulfilling lives.”

Kristi Gonzales has 18 years of experience in public education and began her career in 2004 as a teacher at Copeland Elementary in Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. She joined the Katy ISD family in 2008 as a teacher at Morton Ranch Elementary. Four years later, she transitioned into an English Language Arts instructional coach position on that campus.

Kristi Gonzales

Gonzales became an assistant principal at Alexander Elementary in 2014, followed by her most recent position as assistant principal at Davidson Elementary. Additionally, she collaborated as the Katy Summer Academic Term Principal at McElwain Elementary. Gonzales holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Education Administration from Texas A&M Commerce.

“Shafer Elementary is a school built on the foundation of the virtues held by the namesakes Fred and Patti Shafer. Their belief that all students deserve an inclusive, accepting school environment is evident in the high achievement of all students at Shafer,” said Gonzales. “It is an honor and privilege to join the Shafer Silver Knights family.”


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