The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Karen Kaspar as principal of the Mary Catherine Harris School and DAEP at their board meeting on Monday, April 15.
Dr. Kaspar has worked in education for 26 years, the last 17 in Bryan ISD. Kaspar has served the last five years at principal of Branch Elementary School and before that spent 12 years as principal of Mitchell Elementary School.
“As the oldest of 10 children, each of my brothers and sisters took a different path through public education and beyond, but at the end of the day each of us had teachers and other educators in our life that helped us to each become the successful adults that we all are today,” Kaspar said. “I see the opportunity at MC Harris and DAEP to be THAT person to help each child complete high school and be set up to be successful on whatever path each child wants to take when they leave Bryan ISD.”
Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck is excited for the impact Kaspar will have at MC Harris.
“Dr. Kaspar is a unique leader with experience at both the elementary and secondary levels,” Whitbeck said. “She builds strong relationships and knows her students, which speaks directly to the needs of our students at MC Harris and DAEP to ensure their success.”
About the Hire:
Dr. Karen Kaspar received her Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of North Texas, Teacher Certification from Sam Houston State University, Masters of Education from Sam Houston State University, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University.
Karen taught U.S. History at Huntsville High School, served as a PreKindergarten-12th grade Assistant Principal and then later as the Elementary Principal in Goodrich ISD, and has been an Elementary Principal in Bryan ISD for 17 years with 12 years at Mitchell and 5 years at Branch.
Karen is married to Brian who is retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and now works as a Counselor at Texas A & M University. They have two children. Elizabeth, 21, is a Rudder High School graduate who is currently a junior at Texas A & M University in Nursing School. Nicholas, 18, is a Bryan High School senior who will attend Texas A & M University in the fall.