At last week’s Administrative Collaborative, Zwink Principal Katie Turner was named the 2019 Elementary Principal of the Year.

“This honor means the world to me,” she said. “Klein ISD has amazing leaders who are dedicated to fulfilling our Profile of a Leader. Being surrounded by such amazing relationship-driven, student-focused leaders makes this honor even more special.”

Growing up, Turner had a heart for children, but she did not dream of using it to pursue a career in teaching or administration. It wasn’t until her undergraduate student days at Texas A&M University that she would discover her future career path.

“In college, I had the opportunity to work on an elementary campus and I loved being able to build relationships with the kids, especially those who lacked a positive influence at home,” she said. “Being a part of that school culture and family sparked the pathway that ultimately led me to where I am today.”

After teaching in Houston ISD, Turner joined the Klein ISD family as a fourth-grade teacher at Roth Elementary. The transition from teacher to administrator was not the ultimate goal when she started in her career.

“I did not always know that this would be my direct path but I do believe that life has a way of putting us where we are needed most,” she said. “I’ve had incredible mentors who have helped me see where I can best use my strengths to serve others.”

Turner’s colleagues and friends applaud her for doing just that — serving. Zwink Elementary teacher Emily Beno believes that Turner lives out the Promise to Purpose mission every single day.

“Katie is an incredible principal, and an even better person,” she said. “She leads Zwink Elementary with the utmost humility and integrity. Never satisfied with the status quo, Katie’s innovative mindset leads the charge to foster high levels of learning for all students. The impact she has made will long be felt by the students of Zwink Elementary.”

Turner said that the teachers and staff at Zwink should share in this honor with her.

“We truly have the best leadership team and staff at Zwink that work tirelessly to serve our community with excellence,” she said. “I am so grateful for their dedication to the children here at Zwink.”