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Silverado Director

Kim Koenning Pieri

Dance Teacher I - IV

Fine Arts Department Head

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As a Cy Creek graduate and former Silvie Social Officer President, Kim is proud to call her former high school her current professional home for the past five years!  She earned her AA from Tyler Junior College where she was an Apache Belle for two years and served as a Dance Captain her second year. She completed her studies at the University of Houston, graduating with a BA in Education with an emphasis in Dance and Sociology, receiving Outstanding Dance Student of the Year for 1990.

Prior to becoming the Silvies Director, Pieri was the head director of the Waller HS Wranglerettes for one year before her 8-year stint as Kempner HS head director of the Brigade Dance Team.  She also served as assistant director of the Cy Woods HS Cadettes and long-term sub for the Cy Fair HS Brigade. Pieri got to experience performing at Super Bowl LI, with Lady Gaga.  Although, winning both team and officer awards is an ongoing goal; Kim’s most valued accomplishment is teaching her dance and drill team students the proper tools for future success.

Kim has been involved with the Dance/Drill Team industry for the past 30 years serving as contest and team adjudicator, TDEA board member, FBISD Dance Director Liaison, nominated by students to Who’s Who among American Teachers and was a contest coordinator for the “Contest of Champions” at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Pieri served as travel planner and group tour escort for Connect Tours & Cruises while leading their dance team markets in New York, Los Angeles and London.  

Kim enjoys numerous hobbies, such as stationery design, crafting and volunteering. Time with with family and friends is extremely important to her, but her favorite thing to do is spend quality time with her children, Payton (26), Jocelyn (19) & Garrett (18) and family dogs Marley McCoy, Maggie Mae and the newest addition Wellar.

Director - Ms. Pieri

Silverado Assistant Director

Karen Tarver-Shively

Dance Teacher I - IV

Success comes from curiosity, concentration,

perserverance and self-criticism. 

Albert Einstein

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Karen is a native Houstonian, and was an officer in her high school dance team for 2 years, and was head Cheerleader.  Karen started studio dancing at age 4. She graduated from HISD, Sharpstown High School.

Tarver-Shively then relocated to Kilgore where she was a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes.  After Kilgore, she  attended the University of Texas where she was a dance major and member of the UT Dance Team.  She transferred to Sam Houston State University where she obtained her BA in Dance, English Minor.  While at SHSU she was a member of the National Champion Orange Pride Dance Team, Spectrum Dance Company, and Dance Honor Society.  

After graduation, she taught for a year as an assistant, and then moved to Orlando, Florida and worked at Walt Disney World. Tarver-Shively returned to Texas to work on her master's degree in Dance.  She graduated with her Masters of Education and Dance from Sam Houston State University before returning to teaching dance.

Shively danced for the WNBA co-ed hip hop team, Team NRG, and danced for the arena football team.  Shively has taught in public education for 22 years. She was the Assistant Director at  FB Austin HS, and Alief Hastings, and Head Director at FB Hightower HS, Magnolia HS, and comes to Creek from Head Director for the Cy Lakes Sterling Stars.   

Shively’s hobbies consist of cooking, crafting, volunteering and anything outdoors.  Karen is married to Chris Shively and they are the proud parents to 5 large furry dogs and 3 cats.      

Assistant Director - Mrs. Tarver-Shively

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