Meet Our Founder
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.
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