Leander ISD is pleased to announce Emily Ulatoski as principal of Jim Plain Elementary School, after the Board approved the hiring at Thursday’s meeting.

“I am delighted to announce Emily Ulatoski as the new principal of Plain Elementary. With 15 years of dedicated service to Leander ISD, Emily has excelled as a teacher, instructional coach and Assistant Principal,” Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D., said. “Emily’s strong interrelational leadership style and commitment to fostering positive and collaborative connections with staff, families, and students make her an ideal fit for the role. Her robust instructional background will be a crucial asset in building upon the existing strengths of the campus.”

Ulatoski has served in LISD since 2008, most recently in campus leadership as an assistant principal at Wiley Middle School. Prior to Wiley, she served at Giddens Elementary as an instructional coach, and before that, as an administrative intern at Parkside Elementary. The foundation of her experience in education was established while she taught fifth grade for ten years at Parkside Elementary, Block House Creek Elementary, and Giddens Elementary.

“I am thrilled and honored to join the Plain community as Principal. I immediately connected to the campus vision and cannot wait to celebrate the safe, loving, and empowering learning environments the amazing staff has created and will continue to create at Plain,” Ulatoski said. “I look forward to partnering with students, staff, and families to empower our students to own their learning and have every option open for their future. I am eager to officially join the Pride!”

Ulatoski graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development. She went on to complete a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has Texas Principal, Texas EC-4 Generalist, and Texas 4-8 Generalist certifications. She is also a graduate of LISD’s Prospective Principal Program.