Introducing the Proud Administration Team
of Dennis E. Cowan Elementary
Mr. Travis Brunner
I am proud to be the Principal at Dennis E. Cowan Elementary. This is my fourteenth year as an educator and my twelfth year in Austin Independent School District, during which I have had the pleasure of being a math teacher, coaching multiple sports, and serving as an assistant principal. I’m excited to continue my passion for ensuring the academic, social, and emotional success of all students and working collaboratively with our students, parents, and staff at Dennis E. Cowan Elementary.
I grew up in Buffalo, NY and am a proud graduate of Penn State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. I also completed my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership at Vanderbilt University and earned my Principal Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University. Becoming an educator has been my goal since high school, when I had the opportunity to intern ten hours a week my senior year at my hometown elementary school with my 5th grade teacher.
Outside of work I enjoy following my sports teams (Penn State, Vanderbilt, Buffalo Bills and Sabres), being active, running and spending time with my four dogs, Kona, Porter, Lilo, and Gusgus.
Ms. Christine Snowden
I am a seasoned educator with experience at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. Much of my classroom experience was spent teaching English and writing, where I devoted many hours helping students master things like "there", "their", and "they're."
Currently, I am the proud assistant principal at Dennis E. Cowan Elementary School and enjoy working with my coyote family daily. Once a coyote, always a coyote.
Prior to becoming an administrator, I was a school counselor and enjoyed working with students and families in this capacity. This experience has given me a unique perspective and has informed my practice as an administrator.
A native Texan, I have a heart the size of my lone star state and look forward to connecting with kids each day. Having taught students of various ages from diverse backgrounds, I firmly believe in the power of building and maintaining relationships. Connection is the gateway that allows students to acquire new learning.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting for vintage finds at estate sales, and I have a deep love for guacamole and salsa.
Cowan Front Office Team
Laura Smykal - Admin Assistant/Bookkeeper - Laura.Smykal@austinisd.org
Jill Duarte - Registrar - Jill.Duarte@austinisd.org
Lousie Gossett - AM Clerk - Louise.Gossett@austinisd.org
Carrie Nelson - PM Clerk - Carrie.B.Nelson@austinisd.org