UHV Alumna Named Lamar CISD Elementary Principal of the Year

It’s been said that an organization is only as good as its leader. If that’s true, then UHV alumna Beth Dow is exemplary.

Under Dow’s leadership, all the students at Travis Elementary School passed the TAKS test this past year. The school was the only one in the Lamar School District to earn the Exemplary School designation from the Texas Education Agency for 2005-06. It’s no surprise, then, that Dow was named Lamar CISD’s Elementary Principal of the Year for 2005-06.

A Garwood native, Dow earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from UHV. She has been with Lamar CISD for 26 years, starting as a teacher at Crockett Elementary School and later serving as a gifted-and-talented facilitator for grades K-8.

Dow was appointed principal at Travis Elementary School in December 1999, and since earning the impressive honor, she has started work as the principal at Velasquez Elementary, the newest elementary school in Lamar CISD.

Dow credits the success of her schools to the high standards to which she holds students and faculty. She believes that every student can learn, even if the rate of that learning varies, and that every teacher has a responsibility to do all they can to ensure each student succeeds. If test scores are any indication, Dow’s high standards work.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.