Kari Leong has worked in the school district since 1984. She taught at College Heights Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School. She worked as an Administrative Assistant in Central Office before becoming Assistant Principal at Thomas Elementary School. In 1999, Mrs. Leong became principal of Long Elementary where she served for 11 years. Kari has been Director of Student Services for Abilene ISD since 2010, becoming Executive Director of Student Services in 2016.
Mrs. Leong received her undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University and her master's degree and mid-management certification from Tarleton State University. Kari and her husband Lyle Sr. have two children who are both products of the Abilene Independent School System. Lyle Jr. is a Wide Receivers’ Coach/Speech Teacher at Cleburne High School and London will soon be a graduate of Texas Tech Nursing School. Kari and Lyle Sr. are also the proud grandparents of Kingston Alexander and Logan Riley (arriving in November).