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Katy ISD Names Newest Elementary Schools after Former Educators

(KATY ISD) - Katy ISD’s newest elementary schools will display the names of four former educators and district leaders. David and Terri Youngblood were approved as the namesakes for Elementary 45 and Russell and Cindie Faldyn for Elementary 46.

David and Terri Youngblood

The Youngbloods have been dedicated to the field of education for decades and have demonstrated a passion for students, staff and the community of Katy ISD through a collective 77 years of service.

Throughout his career in Katy ISD, David served as a teacher, a swimming coach and the district’s first diving coach, an assistant principal and associate principal. He also founded the Katy ISD Summer Swimming Recreation Program, which has taught thousands of children in the Katy area how to swim.

Terri was hired at Katy High School in 1977 and was instrumental in the development of Katy ISD’s vocational, career and technical curriculum during her 40 years with the program. During her time in Katy ISD, she served as a vocational teacher, Katy High School’s Career & Technical Education department chair, and as a sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America. Terri also taught ESL classes through Katy ISD’s Community Education Program, as well as summer school.

Likewise, the Faldyn’s have been a fixture in the Katy ISD school community for as long as most can remember. They have contributed a combined 66 years of service to support public education.

Russell and Cindie Faldyn

A graduate of Katy ISD, Russell’s passion for Katy brought the Faldyns back to his hometown in 1999. During his career in education, Russell served as a teacher, assistant principal, associate principal, hearing officer, elections administrator and the district’s director of community education. In 2017, he accepted the principalship at Miller Career & Technology Center, where he supported students in growing their skills for the various careers within our community.

During Cindie’s 32 years in public education, she served as a teacher at numerous elementary schools. In Katy ISD, she has been a Team Leader and Math Campus Lead teacher. In 2011, she took on the role of a Math/Science Instructional Coach at Exley Elementary School where she supported teachers and students until she retired in 2021. Cindie was recognized as a 2006-2007 Campus Teacher of the Year at Exley Elementary. Even now after retirement, she is still supporting campuses as a tutor and a Supplemental Math Lead teacher.

Both the Youngbloods and Faldyns continue to be active in the Katy ISD community.


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