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Meet our Team

We are building a school meant for every student

Meet Our Founder

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Destiny Shantell Woodbury

Destiny Shantell Woodbury is from Providence, Rhode Island. She is in her 14th year in education and is the Founder and CEO of The Anchor School. She is also a Doctoral Student at Vanderbilt University. She began her teaching career with Teach for America in 2007. She has worked at the Teach For America Houston Institute in many roles for 10 years. Previously, she was a School Leader at YES Prep where she reduced the suspension incident rate (students with 1+ incident) from 44% to 15% and the total number of incidents from 637 incidents to 144 incidents from August 2017 to March 2018. Prior to joining YES Prep, she was a School Leader in Achievement First in Brooklyn, NY. Destiny was a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLD) with Teach For America Houston, where she coached 37 first and second-year STEM CMs within KIPP Houston and YES Prep.

 

She taught for 5 years as a fifth-grade science teacher on KIPP Houston, now KIPP Texas, and was also the grade level chair, science content chair, MS Science teacher leader and curriculum leader, robotics coach, and the head track and field coach. In 2015, her students were ranked #1 out of all KIPP middle schools across the nation on the 2014-2015 NWEA MAP Assessment and generated the highest student achievement in fifth-grade science in school history by over 25%, 94% of students met their typical growth goals (RIT), 89% of students met their tiered growth targets and grew an average of 3.51 years (magnitude of growth).

 

Destiny was also a finalist for the nationally prestigious 2015 TNTP Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice award. Prior to joining KIPP in 2010, she spent 3 years in the HISD teaching 8th and 6th grade Science. She received her B.S. and B.A. in Chemistry and Secondary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Rhode Island  Kingston, RI and received her Masters in Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from National-Louis University, in Chicago, IL.  She was a professional track athlete who trained for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the 400 Meters. Destiny enjoys cleaning, organizing, working out twice a day, and spending time with the people who love and support her.

 

Meet Our Design Team

 
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Andrea Fulgiam

Andrea Fulgiam is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Her journey with policy and advocacy began in middle school after the unlawful murder of my father. At an early age, she gained insight into the injustices and inequities her community faced daily. That insight ignited into community organizing, where she provided resources to families affected by gun violence.

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Ar'Sheill Monsanto

Ar’Sheill Monsanto serves as the Director for Programs and Organizing with Leadership for Education Equity. She has worked in advocacy for 15 years where she has been responsible for successful implementation of evidence-based strategies to create policy, system and environmental change in public health. In her current role, she oversees advocacy and public policy for YMCAs in Texas.

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Alicia Williams

Alicia Williams is a Distinguished 6th Grade Social Justice teacher at KIPP Texas Public Schools. She is a native of Canton, Ohio and a proud alumnae of The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Pre-Medicine. She has been a noteworthy leader in the education space.

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Ashton Millet 

Ashton is originally from Laplace,Louisiana. Ashton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He is currently a community organizer with The Metropolitan organization. He focuses on working with community stakeholders to build organizing skill and community power.

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Bryan Reed

Bryan Reed is an educator and leadership coach in Houston, TX.  Currently serving as Senior Managing Director of Strategy and External Affairs for Teach For America Houston, he joined the region in 2019 to develop an ambitious and student-centered 10-year goal.  He believes that schools play a unique and vital role in a thriving democracy, allowing for an informed and connected electorate.  His responsibilities in his current role include strategy, board management, communications, and talent.

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Chioma Ahaiwe

Chioma has worked for a Title 1 school in education since the beginning of her career  as an educator.  Her time in Alief allowed her to  partake in over 260 hours of Professional Development. Her skills as an educator vary in that I have taught every subject during my time in the classroom.  She acted as Reading Team Lead for 3 years before moving on to serve as Math Interventionist. 

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Tracey Battle

Tracey Battle is currently the Director of Student Support at Capitol High School in Baton Rouge LA. She began her educational career in 2010 serving students in the Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area. Graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a mission to have a substantial impact on the world

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Irene Greaves

Irene Greaves is a Lovescaper. She is committed to re-imagining schools as places where we systematically cultivate love in action. Irene graduated in 2009 from The American University of Rome with a BA in Art History and in 2015 obtained an M.Ed. from The University of Pennsylvania. Irene is originally from Venezuela but considers herself a global citizen.

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Makaela Dunn

Makaela Dunn is a Louisiana born Houston native. She is currently a math specialist in Alief ISD, where her love of learning and teaching began, attending and graduating from Alief schools. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education, she worked in corporate America for two years.

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Marcus Ceniceros

Marcus Ceniceros is the senior director of regional impact at Leadership for Educational Equity. Based in Houston, he supports current and former educators to build individual and collective skills so they can advocate for their students, organize their communities, gain access to leaders that create education policy, and become public leaders themselves.

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Megan Bearden

Megan Bearden is from Houston, Texas. She is a proud graduate of Texas State University. While majoring in mathematics and communications, her work introduced her to the issue of the socio-economic achievement gap. Megan’s time as an Apollo 20 Fellow helped her to discover a passion for educational equity.

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Nadia Bruner

Nadia is an education innovator with more than 18 years of experience in curriculum research and design, school leadership and teaching excellence. She is the Founder and Managing Member of Suttle Freeman, LLC, an education consulting firm that provides transformative solutions that impact district and school performance.

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Tamira Samuel

Tamira Samuel has over ten years of experience in education, public policy, and has worked in a combination of charter and traditional public schools. Currently, she serves as the National Co-Executive Director for the Urban Leaders Fellowship, a nonprofit focused on building public policy and community engagement capacity. Tamira was a ULF Dallas Fellow and Regional Director that designed a principal development program for more than 600 administrators with Dallas ISD School Board Trustee, Dustin Marshall.

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Camille Jones

Camille Jones is from the heart of Southwest Houston, TX. She is in her 5th year in Education and is currently in Grad School to obtain her Masters in Management and Leadership. Camille has received her BA in Psychology with a minor study in Business Management from The University of Texas. Camille has a wealth of knowledge and  experience in community based support and managing human capital that ranges from  the mental health field as a member of a crisis intervention team to active foundation support and guidance in a turnaround charter school. Camille loves cleaning, organizing, and spending time with the people who love and support her.

Meet Our Board 

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Alicia Williams

Vice President

Alicia Williams is a Distinguished 6th Grade Social Justice teacher at KIPP Texas Public Schools. She is a native of Canton, Ohio and a proud alumnae of The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Pre-Medicine. She has been a noteworthy leader in the education space.

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Rosalind Branch

Rosalind Branch-Muhammad is a Commercial Property Manager with over 20 years of Real Estate experience. Rosalind has managed Class-A office, Class-A residential high rise, and industrial properties.

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Lyric Flood

Lyric currently builds the capacity of school communities to reimagine their learning environments through community-lead liberatory design journeys as a Partner on the School Design Services team at Transcend Education. Prior to his current work, Lyric held various roles for KIPP and Teach for America. Most recently, Lyric served as a Head of Program for Teach for America’s Houston region, where he redesigned teacher training to equip PK-12 educators with foundational restorative justice practices, led internal and external equity initiatives, and developed early-career classroom teachers.

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Tracey Lewis

President

A native of Columbia, SC, Tracey moved to Houston in 2000 when she joined Teach For America to teach high school mathematics at Reagan High School. In 2012, Tracey joined Teach For America staff as Managing Director of Institute Program with the Houston Institute Team. Currently, she serves as the Senior Managing Director, User Experience and Operations for the Institute and Program Implementation Team.

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Marcus Ceniceros

Secretary

Marcus Ceniceros is the senior director of regional impact at Leadership for Educational Equity. Based in Houston, he supports current and former educators to build individual and collective skills so they can advocate for their students, organize their communities, gain access to leaders that create education policy, and become public leaders themselves.

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Deion J. Browm

Deion J. Brown is a native of Houston, Texas. After graduating from Lamar High School in 2004, he went on to attend Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Management. 
 

Upon graduating college, Deion returned to Houston where he began his career in education as a middle school teacher. Since then, he’s gone on to lead high-performing charter schools in Memphis, TN., San Antonio, TX. and Baton Rouge, LA. before returning back to Houston as a Principal Manager in 2019.