State education organization recognizes Drew Academy assistant principal

Dr. Betty Koleilat, Assistant Principal at Drew Academy, has been named Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year in Texas Education Agency Region IV for 2001-2002. The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) awards the honor.

“Dr. K”, as she is known by her co-workers, will be recognized at the annual Region IV Awards banquet in May, and again at the TASSP Summer Workshop to be held in June in Austin. At the May gala, Dr. Koleilat will have her picture placed on the Wall of Honor in the Region IV facility located on West Tidwell.

On June 12, at the conclusion of the annual Summer Workshop, she will again be honored and will be included in a commemorative booklet entitled Texas Principals, Texas Heroes. Her selection also made her eligible to participate in both state and national competition.

TASSP sponsors the Outstanding Assistant and Outstanding Principals of the Year and the Principal for a Day Program in association with the national organization NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). This program is designed to provide positive coverage and promote local recognition for member assistant principals and principals throughout the state.

Dr. K is now in her sixth year as an Assistant Principal at Charles R. Drew Academy. The school is an Aldine ISD Magnet School for Mathematics, Science and the Fine Arts, serving a student population of over 700 in grades 6-8.

“This is truly an honor,” said Dr. K. after being notified of her selection. “When you think of the number of very qualified people who are eligible for this award, it takes a while for it (being selected) to sink in. I can only thank those on the selection committee for honoring me in this way.”
Dr. Koleilat is a native Houstonian and graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School. She completed her undergraduate work in Elementary Education at the University of Houston and stayed at Cougar land to do her graduate studies, taking a Masters of Education and receiving her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

A veteran of 32 years in public education, Dr. K came to Aldine ISD in 1990, teaching math at Shotwell Middle School before joining the Drew Academy staff for the 1996-97 school year. Prior to coming to Aldine she spent 10 years in Spring ISD, and 10 years in Houston ISD, the last two on administrative leave during which time she taught in Singapore. Dr. Koleilat has also been named to Who’s Who in American Education in Mathematics. She also participated in the drafting of the middle school Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for mathematics.