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Staff feature Dr. KlammerSpecial to the News-Times

COLDSPRING —Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Klammer has spent 25 years helping mold future generations of Texans.

Klammer, who has a wealth of experience in education, curriculum, and leadership, has taken the mantle of Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction.

“This year will be my 25th year in Texas public education, and I couldn’t be more excited to be at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD!” she said. 

Klammer said she was born and raised in southwest Houston and attended Bellaire and Westbury High Schools. After graduating from Sam Houston, she began her career as a sixth-grade teacher in Aldine ISD, then moved to Montgomery, where she taught and served as an instructional coach, school administrator, and director of curriculum and instruction for 16 years.

School improvement and innovation became her passion, and she took that to Navasota as PK-12 Coordinator of RLA, SS, and federal funds and then joined Region 6 as a School Improvement Lead and Coordinator of Instructional Services.

“After a little over a year at the ESC, I was ready to get back to a district and work with campus administrators, teachers, and students,” she said. “I joined Shepherd ISD in November of 2021 as the Director of Secondary and Interim High School Principal.”

Klammer came to COCISD in June. She said COCISD has wonderful people from the merchants downtown to the school board members who volunteer their time to guide the school district with the voices of the community. 

“I feel so fortunate to be here and to work with an instructional-minded Superintendent like Dr. Bryan Taulton,” Klammer said. “Taulton, my predecessor Dr. Smith, and the phenomenal campus administrative teams have begun the work of instructional excellence and providing all of our students with the tools they need to achieve their goals in life. Whether students leave COCISD to pursue a path in the military, further academics in college or a trade school, or proceed straight into the workforce, my goal will always be to help students meet or exceed their goals and provide opportunities for them to do just that.”

Klammer thanked the staff of COCISD for giving her the opportunity to be a part of the COCISD community. 

“Our teachers are here to ensure that our students thrive, and I could not be more thrilled and honored to be here to support them in their classrooms, where the most important work is accomplished,” she said. “Here’s to an amazing 2022-2023 school year and beyond!”

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