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Keri Launius, Ed.D.

Regional Advocacy Director – East Texas

Prior to joining Raise Your Hand Texas, Dr. Keri Launius worked in preK-16 education for more than 20 years as a campus principal, district coordinator, college director/professor, and most recently as the executive director for learning and development for Galveston ISD. She began her career as a high school teacher and spent close to a decade teaching in Texas public schools. While in East Texas, Launius’s focus was on highly successful partnerships where she served as a College Readiness Special Advisor to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as well as serving as vice chair for the East Texas College Readiness Council.

Launius graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Master of Education in Secondary Education. She earned a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and holds both superintendent certification, and principal certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Away from the office, Launius enjoys taking part in community events. She has served as a member of many service organizations including the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Galveston Island Kiwanis Club. She spends many evenings and weekends cheering for youth sports with her husband, John Launius, who is a high school football coach. The two of them have three children, including one that just entered the teaching profession.

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