With Wolman Elementary School opening on Aug. 27, Principal Kelly Ricks wanted to welcome the 722 students and their teachers to the new campus in a fun, approachable way. So, she, along with the teachers and staff and the school's namesakes, Ray and Jamie Wolman, created a lip dub video to the Katy Perry song, "Firework." To date, there are 3,131 views on the YouTube link at bit.ly/QcO4rg .
Wolman Elementary is home of the Explorers in red, silver, and black. This is the first school to open within the 1,400-acre Firethorne master-planned community in Katy/Fulshear. The school’s namesakes, the Wolmans, have dedicated their careers to student’s education in Katy ISD.
Ricks, who is a Katy-based educator and administrator, says this assignments marks “a highlight of her career to start a school from the ground up.” Her talents and achievements in primary school education are recognized statewide by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), as well as nationally with a prestigious National Blue Ribbon nomination this year. She is immediate past principal of Katy ISD’s Diane Winborn Elementary, a TEA Exemplary school also recognized for multiple years by the Texas Business and Education Coalition and one of 26 schools in the state nominated by the Texas Education Agency for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon award. Her former school was one of only 13 Blue Ribbon nominees in Texas to be designated a high performing school in 2012.