PMP291: Growing Leadership Teams with Dr. Keri Launius

Dr. Keri Launius has worked in PreK-16 education for over 22 years. With experiences from classroom teacher, campus principal and district administration, she has had ample opportunities to learn and grow as an educator. She began her career as a high school teacher and spent close to a decade teaching in Texas Public Schools. Working as a district leader Dr. Launius has attended Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals Institute, has been nationally published, as well as presented on a national stage.

Launius graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and holds both Superintendent and Principal certifications from Stephen F Austin State University. Away from the office, Launius enjoys her advocacy work as a Protege for TALAS (Texas Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents) and as an Alumnus for Raise Your Hand Texas. 

She serves alongside organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, The West of The Pecos Rodeo Committee.  She spends her evenings and weekends cheering for youth sports with her husband John Launius, who is a high school football coach. The two of them have 3 children.

This past school year, we have had the privilege of partnering together with Pecos-Barstow Toyah ISD and Principal Matters, LLC, to facilitate learning for your team of aspiring and assistant principals. 

Our sessions together have covered several topics including:

  • Building Healthy Cultures
  • Coaching as Leaders
  • Listening to and Counseling Others
  • Managing effective systems
  • Accountability through Reflection
  • Chief Communication or Cheerleader
  • Importance of Servant-Leadership

Among those topics, Kerry explains lessons her teams have benefitted in learning and applying in their leadership. 

We talk  about growth among her district’s team members where she has seen leaders applying lessons they are learning from collaborating together.

As a district level leader, she explains how she facilitates training with her teams and how a partnership with Principal Matters has assisted in important role of supporting and resourcing aspiring and current leaders.

You can follow her at Twitter via @kerilaunius.

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William D. Parker
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