SAISD Welcomes New Principals

June 30, 2009

San Angelo ISD has named three new principals for the 2009-2010 school year.

Two new elementary principals were named at the June 22 school board meeting. Kimberly Bowie is the new principal of Holiman Elementary and Farrah Gomez is the new principal of Fannin Elementary.

Mrs. Bowie is a graduate of Wall High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Angelo State University. She taught four years at McGill Elementary and served as Instructional Specialist at Bradford during the 2007-2008 school year. During the past school year, Mrs. Bowie served as Assistant Principal at San Jacinto Elementary, where, among other duties, she was instrumental in planning their 100th anniversary celebration. Mrs. Bowie takes the place of Mrs. Judy Bragg, who is relocating to another district.

Mrs. Gomez is a graduate of San Angelo Central High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University and taught for SAISD at Bonham Elementary and Lee Middle School before relocating to south Texas. She served for five years as the Curriculum and Instructional Specialist for Pleasanton ISD in Pleasanton, TX and earned a Master of Science degree from Texas A & M, Kingsville. Since 2007, she has served as Pleasanton's Director of Elementary Education. Her responsibilities have included overseeing the student handbook and code of conduct as well as the PDAS data system. She has worked closely with curriculum alignment, student performance data, and benchmark interventions. Mrs. Gomez takes the place of Mrs. Debbie Conn, who is retiring.

Both new elementary principals will begin work in July.

Also recently announced is the new principal of Lincoln Middle School, Mr. Monte Althaus. A native of Fredericksburg, Mr. Althaus earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Angelo State and holds principal and superintendent certification from the University of Houston in Victoria. Many San Angeloans will remember him as Coach Althaus, as he previously taught and coached at both Lincoln and Lake View in the 1980s. He went on to serve as head football coach and athletic director in two different districts. During his coaching career, he had the longest winning streak in the state in 1995-96 with 18 consecutive wins. As a principal in Industrial ISD, his school made great academic strides and gained state-wide recognition. Under his leadership, his campus had the distinction of being a TEA Exemplary campus. Mr. Althaus is already on the job at Lincoln Middle School.