Administrative Team

Beeper Kraus

Beeper Kraus, PTHS Principal

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Hello, I am Beeper Kraus and I have been a part of Pine Tree for most of my life. I am a graduate of Pine Tree class of 2000 and have 7 years of teaching Special Education and coaching basketball and golf here at home. I received my bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Education and Kinesiology as well as receiving my Masters in Educational Instructional Leadership from Lamar University.  My wife teaches Kindergarten at Pine Tree and we have two children Kingston and Kourtlyn. We love spending time with the family and trying to keep up with the kids. I am more than excited to be a part of the High School I call home and in a position to make a difference in our school and community.

Caci Brinkley

Caci Brinkley, Senior Assistant Principal and Excel Principal

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I have taught for Pine Tree for 16 years and this is my sixth year as an administrator.  I began teaching in '01, and started out with only math classes.  I ended up adding an all level certification in art and taught art for several years before returning to the math classroom.  I taught math, art, and PE at ExCEL and served as their lead teacher.  It was at ExCEL that I was encouraged to get my masters degree and pursue an administrative position.  I am challenged everyday in my current position, but I absolutely love it more than I ever thought possible.  I look forward to another busy, but amazing school year.

Dr. Cleo Wadley

Jose Rocha, Junior Assistant Principal

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Hello! I am Coach Rocha and I am extremely excited to continue to serve here at Pine Tree High. I am beginning my 6th year here at Pine Tree and 13th year overall in education. I received my bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in both Spanish and English. Recently I have served as one of the district's Parent Liaisons and At-Risk Coordinators while also serving as the Boys Head Soccer Coach. My wife, Karin teaches at Birch Elementary and we have one daughter named Mia Liliana. Very lucky and blessed to be part of the "All In" family here at Pine Tree!!

Justin Linnstaedter

Annette Johnson, Sophomore Assistant Principal

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I am starting my 28th year in education.  I have worn lots of hats in a school:  HS Principal, Elementary Asst. Principal, Director of Fine Arts/UIL Academics, Director of Technology, Journalism Teacher, and Business Computer Applications teacher. I think my experiences make me a well-rounded administrator and I just want to help teachers or students any way I can. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from UT Tyler and a Master's in Educational Leadership from SFA.  I have been married to my husband, Mid, for 30 years. We have 3 kids: Blake is 23, Claire is 20, and Natalie is 16. I am very excited to be back in Pine Tree and continue to build relationships so I can be a positive influence for students.

Jade Lee

Jade Lee, Freshman Assistant Principal

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My son, Wyatt, and I came from Kilgore this year to join the Pine Tree family (my husband has already worked in the Pine Tree community for 10+ years now). Wyatt is 8 and attending Parkway Elementary. Before coming to Pine Tree, I taught math for 12 years. During that time, I pursued my passion for data by receiving a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. I am such a data geek at heart! I also had the opportunity to put that to use by presenting on behalf of Region 7 at math and science conferences over the years. Also during that time, I was encouraged to pursue another Master's degree in Educational Leadership to move into an administrative position. I love the constant learning that comes with being a part of the world of education, and I look forward to the daily challenges that will arise. I'm beyond excited to be a Pirate and see what this new year brings!