Dr. Ty Cauthen has been selected as the Director of the Early College High School at Lufkin High School. The current director, Charlotte Davis, will be retiring at the end of the school year. Davis has been with ECHS since its inception helping develop the program from the ground up. This is the fourth cohort of ECHS students and the first year of graduates.
Dr. Cauthen completed his B.S. in Agriculture Production and Development in 2011 at Stephen F. Austin State University. He finished his Masters in Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2015, Superintendent Certification from University of Texas in 2017, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University in 2021. His dissertation focused on telling the stories of students who were recidivist to DAEP.
Dr. Cauthen served as an Agriculture Science Instructor for five years before venturing into educational leadership.
“Both of my parents are educators and so I have always felt like an old soul in education. I had my first opportunity as a Campus Principal for Central Junior High at 26 years old because of leadership my parents instilled in me,” said Dr. Cauthen.
He has served as the Principal for Student Activities at Lufkin High School for the past three years.
“Entering this role, I am most excited about being an advocate and voice for students and their families. I look forward to exploring with students and their families the limitless opportunities they may never experience without the Early College High School,” he said.
“Two quotes that I feel have guided me to this position and express my passion for this role are: “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be” by Rita Pierson and “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” by Malcolm X,” he said.
Dr. Cauthen is currently studying Spanish and enjoys art, pottery, painting, music, traveling, woodworking and graphic design. He even plans to write a book soon.
“Dr. Ty Cauthen will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new position as the Director of the Lufkin Early College High School. He has experience as a former building principal and is our current assistant principal for student activities. This allows him to know our school, our district, and our expectations as a learning community. He will bring his enthusiasm for all things Lufkin to the job,” said Lynn Torres, Superintendent of Schools.