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Lauren Butaud
Dance Director

Lauren Butaud began dancing at the age of 10 in her hometown of Galveston, Texas. She attended Ball High School and was a four year member of one of the oldest Texas drill teams, the Tornettes. During her time as a member she served as a social officer her sophomore year, Major her junior year, and Lt. Colonel her senior year. She was also awarded the title of Miss High Kick, HTE Kick All-Star, HTE Dance All-Star, and was a member of an HTE Platinum Officer Line. 


Upon graduation, Lauren moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State university where she majored in Advertising, minored in dance, and was a member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Gamma. Only two weeks under her belt as a Louisiana resident, Lauren witnessed Hurricane Katrina destroy the Gulf Coast, but she also witnessed the amazing bond of those who lost so much rise up around an organization near and dear to so many and one that would go one to serve as a beacon of hope and sign of resilience during such a tough time for the state: the New Orleans Saints.


Mrs. Butaud was selected as a member of the 2008 and 2009 New Orleans Saintsations, the official cheerleading team of the Saints. During her time on the squad she was selected as Rookie of the Year, served as a line leader, and was a member of the team’s travel squad taking part in trips across the US as well as to Mexico and London. She also enjoyed the weekly appearcens the team was able to do in the community to help those in need and inspire others such as the NFL Play 60 campaign and Angel’s Network. After experiencing the game of a lifetime, a Super Bowl XLIV win for the team, Butaud knew it was time to hang up her pom poms and pursue her teaching aspirations. 


After beginning her career in New Orleans as director of the Grace King Kolleens for two years, Mrs. Butaud returned home to Texas to work as the head director at her alma mater. Back at Ball High, Lauren reestablished a JV and Varsity team, led the team to numerous regional and national wins, and received a state bid for the first time in school history. She was also selected as a recipient of the Chevy Spotlight Award in 2019. 


Relocating to Katy, Lauren served for one season as the Klein Cain Legacies Assistant Director as well as the head instructor for the Klein Cain Dance Company and Surge Dance Crew. She was also selected for the Klein Fine Arts Inaugural Fine Arts Board. 


As she enters her 7th year directing, she could not feel more honored, excited, and humbled by the opportunity to serve as director of the Pacesetters and to work with such a well established program within Katy ISD at Taylor High School. As a proud Katy resident, Mrs. Butaud looks forward to planting her roots and watching this esteemed program grow to new heights. 


Mrs. Butaud is so fortunate to have such a supportive and devoted family made up of her husband Scott and sons Austin and Carter who will soon be entering the Katy ISD family. She is also thankful for her extended circle who helps raise her “village” during those late football nights and long contest days such as her mom, stepdad, dad, and stepmom.

Director - Barbie Parker
Asst. Director - Sarah Peterson
Sarah Hannum
Assistant Dance Director

Sarah Peterson grew up in Spring, TX, and graduated from Klein Oak High School, where she was a Klein Oak Strutter. Not only was she on her drill team, she also competed with a private dance studio where she won many national dance competitions and conventions. After graduation, she attended Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Secondary Education. While at SHSU, Sarah danced with Houston Modern Dance Company, NobleMotion Dance, where she was able to travel around the country and perform on incredible venues. She also became a Staff Member for MA Dance, where she taught and judged at private dance camps and competitions around the country. Sarah fell in love with the idea of traveling during her MA days, so auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, where she performed on ships for two years. She danced and sang in eight different shows while being able to travel to 40 different countries. After performing, Sarah knew it was time to continue her teaching career and landed at Taylor High School. Sarah has been teaching at private dance studios around Texas for over 10 years, but Sarah has felt the most at home at Taylor. This is Sarah’s fourth year at Taylor, and has absolutely loved being a part of the Taylor Pacesetters. Sarah is also the mother of two adorable fur babies named Oliver and Chica. 

Pacesetter Officers

Dance Officers

Major - Camila Salomon

Lieutenant - Anna Sneller

Lieutenant - Amelia Delatorre

Sergeant - Calysta Quigley

Sergeant - Charlotte Steffens

Social Officers

President - Lyla Huntoon

Motivational- Isabel Rodriguez

Sisterhood - Hope Smith

Public Relations- Amelia Bruns 

Sophomore Social - Riliegh Eisworth

Sophomore Social - Talisa Uceda


Pacesetter Booster Club Board Members


Sherri Maddox

3rd VP Social

Star Smith


Monica Sneller


Juliana Garcia

4th VP Costumes

Irene Khan

Senior Mom

Jessica Huntoon

2nd VP Communication

Maggie Chavez-Salomon


Stacey Gallas


Jennifer Duong

Board Members
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