Dr. Cassandra Rincones, dean of the Instruction, Social Sciences, Humanities, Cosmetology, & Kinesiology Divisions joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013 as an associate professor of history. Rincones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She holds a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History from the same institution. Rincones earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in May of 2015, specializing in U.S./Southwest Comparative Border studies.
Rincones has been awarded several fellowships and grants, including the Lone Star College Chancellor’s Dissertation Research Grant, the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute Fellow from Texas A&M University, and the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History from the Texas State Historical Association.
Rincones has more than 15 years of experience, having taught at South Texas College, Weslaco and Alice independent school districts. She has also presented numerous papers including, "Bridging Cultures in the Community College: LSC-Kingwood NACCS Tejas Foco, and at LSC-North Harris in 2015; and "Tejana Rights: Solidifying Legal Codes in Early Texas" at the Texas State Historical Association meeting in March. Rincones is a member of the Texas State Historical Association.
"I enjoy working with our stellar faculty! Together I feel we make a real difference in our students’ lives!"," Rincones stated.
"Tejana Land Grants: Gender and the Expansion of Empire," Southern Historian, (Spring 2015), Vol. 36.
"The Introduction of Women into Hidalgo County Politics," Journal of South Texas, (Spring 2009).
Jennifer Chiotti, associate professor of criminal justice, is the lead faculty for the criminal justice program and joined Lone Star College-Kingwood in 2013. Prior to her present position, Dr. Chiotti was an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Chiotti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a Master of Arts and doctorate in criminal justice from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Dr. Chiotti has a diverse background in student services including working within the Offices of Student Conduct, Greek Life, and Financial Aid. After teaching her first course as a graduate student, Dr. Chiotti changed careers paths and gave up her employment with the U.S. Secret Service to pursue education and instruction full time. In addition to her passion for teaching, Dr. Chiotti actively researches and presents on topics including sex crimes and criminals, violence against women, human trafficking, and corrections.
Dr. Chiotti is originally from Portland, Oregon (where her parents currently reside) and has a younger brother that is a fireman/paramedic in San Diego, California.
Alan Wright, professor of kinesiology, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2006 and has been active in Recreational Sports and Physical Education in higher education since 1993. Wright obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Health Education from Sam Houston State University and a Master's of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Middle Tennessee State University.
Wright grew up in and around the Humble/Kingwood area and took his first college course on this campus. Current interests consist of CrossFit, golf, hiking, and SCUBA diving. Professionally, Wright has worked at some of the largest universities in the nation, past places of employment consist of University of California-Berkeley (internship), Middle Tennessee State University (graduate assistant), Arizona State University, University of Mississippi, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University.
“One of the greatest satisfactions I get from my job comes from motivating students to become healthier through setting realistic goals, teaching simple, but effective paths to a better lifestyle. By focusing on the simple things, I help them learn the value of themselves and learn that society should not be allowed to define their self-worth. I am passionate about student development and enjoy seeing students learn and grow into a more confident version of themselves.” Wright stated.
Wright has taught kinesiology classes and managed recreational/athletic facilities in a variety of settings, from small facilities/campuses to large Division I universities with multi-million-dollar facilities. During his tenure at UH he was around Olympic level athletes daily and hosted the 2004 USA and Canadian Olympic Diving teams at the natatorium he managed. Additionally, Wright has officiated many sports and oversaw the Sport Club program here at LSC-Kingwood for over 14 years.
Current and past organizations he has been involved with are TAHPHERD (Texas Alliance for Heath, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, NRPA (National Recreation and Parks Association) and the American Red Cross.
Yolanda Marie Camarata, professor of kinesiology and nutrition, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1999. Camarata earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.
Camarata teaches courses in personal health, first aid and safety and nutrition.
She is also involved in various committees. Some of these include the kinesiology curriculum committee and the general education core curriculum committee.
"I am passionate about all the courses I teach," explained Camarata. "This campus has been like home to me since my time as a student here."