Rachel Ware, an Oak Forest native who has spent the last four years as a teacher, dean and co-curricular advisor at St. Pius X High School, has been appointed as the school’s next principal.
A spokesperson for the school said Ware will succeed Diane Larsen, who is retiring at the end of this school year, on July 1. Ware was selected by a search team that included administrators, board members, support staff, teachers and the Dominican Sisters of Houston, according to a news release from St. Pius X.
“She is a gifted, hardworking, creative and dedicated educator,” St. Pius X head of school Carmen Garrett Armistead said. “I genuinely look forward to working with her as she leads us into a new era.”
Ware, who has two sons with her husband, Jimmie, grew up in Oak Forest and attended St. Ambrose Catholic School as well as Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and a master’s in special education from Grand Canyon University.
Ware taught language arts at St. Ambrose from 2009-16 before joining the staff at St. Pius X. During her time there, the school said she has co-created and implemented a behavior management system as well as restorative justice practices and led a charge to digitize behavioral referrals and detention assignments along with uprading and managing attendance reporting procedures. She also has served as a coordinator for student advisors.
“It is with great excitement and gratitude that I accept this leadership opportunity,” Ware said. “This area is my home; my heart. Serving the SPX community is not only a professional honor, but seeing its success is an incredibly personal one. I look forward to working with Mrs. Armistead and our faculty, staff, and families. I am confident that together we will further develop a thriving community of leaders and scholars for today and tomorrow, right here at home.”