New L-K High School principal hired
Keith Owen has been hired as principal at Linden-Kildare High School.
The previous principal, Keri Winters, will be serving as the Linden-Kildare CISD Superintendent.
“Everyone has been very welcoming and the staff has been great and I haven’t heard anything but great things about the staff -- so it wasn’t surprising and I have had the opportunity to be out meeting teachers and folks, and starting to get to know people and what everybody is about at L-K, and its different from where I am from -- a lot of trees,” said Owen.
Owen has served in education for more than 20 years and comes to L-K from Dublin ISD, where he filled many positions such as principal and athletic director.
“It’s been nice to be around folks that genuinely care about kids They want the best for the community and their kiddos and that’s not just the teachers and it’s not the typical story that you hear. Everyone I talk to seems to have a genuine interest and desire to see what is best for the kids,” said Owen.
Owen’s hometown is Denton and he started his education career in Weatherford as a coach.
Owen graduated from A&M and received his master’s in education from Tarleton State University.
Owen along with his wife Rebecca and two sons, Jacob, 16, and Jonathan, 13, have moved to Linden.
“I am not just coming as a principal. I am bringing my family too so I care about my kids being here and you can tell a lot about a school and the staff by not just how they say the right answers, but how they treat the folks when they walk in the door. And you can tell when the kids come in that they are happy to see the teachers and that is neat to see,” said Owen.
Jacob will be playing football at L-K and has already begun two-a-day practices.
Rebecca is also an educator for the past 21 years, but will not be teaching at L-K during the upcoming school year.
“We are trying to see if something else makes sense for her right now and we are not asking the district to create a position that they don’t need,” said Owen.
Rebecca began in education by teaching lower level math and later served as a principal for 13 years, but most recently was a teacher.
“When our boys got older and I became a principal we felt like two administrators in the house was a strain, so she went back into the classroom four years ago and she has taught junior high math and writing,” said Keith Owen.
Keith Owen has been around education all his life -- his mother was a teacher and coached as well in a small school district.
When it comes to what brought him into education, he said, “My wife and I view it as our ministry and feel that’s what we were called into.”