Katy ISD Superintendent Appoints New WCJH Principal and Executive Director of Special Education  

KATY [June 29, 2020] – Recently, Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski promoted two internal campus leaders to new roles across the District.  Dr. Andrew Lowry has been appointed as the new principal of WoodCreek Junior High, while Gwen Coffey was promoted to the Executive Director of Special Education for Katy ISD.

Dr. Andrew Lowry
Principal of WoodCreek Junior High

Dr. Andrew Lowry has worked for Katy ISD for 14 years in various roles across the District.  He began by teaching and coaching at Cinco Ranch High School, and two years later, he stepped into the role of Science Instructional Coach for both Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School.  In 2013, he moved into an administration role, as an Assistant Principal at Tompkins High School, and in 2017, he became the Associate Principal at Mayde Creek High School.  Dr. Lowry holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he obtained a Master of Science Degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

“It is with great pride and excitement that I accept the role of Principal at WoodCreek Junior High. I feel very honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of excellence!” Dr. Lowry said.  “Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success at WoodCreek Junior High by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners.”

Gwen Coffey
Executive Director of Special Education

Mrs. Gwen Coffey began her career, as a teacher in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1996.  In 1999, she began teaching at Golbow Elementary until 2005.  At that time, she moved into a counselor position in Lamar CISD, where she eventually left to be the Lead Counselor at Bammel Middle School in Spring ISD.  The next school year, she became an Assistant Principal at Bammel Middle, and she remained there until returning to Katy ISD in 2012 as an Assistant Principal at Cimarron Elementary.  In 2015, she was named Principal at Rylander Elementary, and she held that title until moving into her new role, as Katy ISD’s Director for Compliance in 2018. Mrs. Coffey holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, a second Master’s Degree from University of Houston-Victoria, and she is currently working on her Ed.D. from Texas Tech with an anticipated graduation date of 2020.

“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead the Katy ISD Special Education department in supporting our students, families, teachers, and administrators,” Mrs. Coffey said. “I look forward to the continued development of outstanding opportunities for Katy ISD students through the combination of departmental support, the ongoing efforts of campus staff, and parent partnerships.”