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Meet Our Executive Team

Latisha Andrews

Founder & Superintendent of The Beta Foundation

Latisha Andrews graduated Summa Cum Laude from Capella University with a Master of Business Administration. She is a passionate leader focused on bringing exceptional education to her community. Once reprimanded for “dreaming too big”, she is on a mission to provide a world-class educational opportunity to all children in pursuit of their dreams. With her heart for the community, she brings over fifteen years of educational leadership experience and volunteer tutoring services to the community’s disadvantaged and at-risk children.

 

In 2010, Latisha successfully launched a private K-6, low-cost tuition school in an economically disadvantaged area of Houston, Texas. Relentlessly focused on the educational needs within the community, she partnered with Responsive Education Solutions in 2013, successfully launching a charter school in an adjacent community.  In its first year of operation, that new campus earned four Distinct Designations: Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps, Top 25% Student Progress, Reading/ELA Academic Achieving, and Math Academic Achievement.

 

On her quest to offer a tuition-free school to her own neighborhood, Latisha opened the first Beta Academy Charter School in the fall of 2015. The school has been recognized with several distinct designations each year and is named on the Texas Honor list.

Raquell Sartor

Chief Academic Officer

Martha Smith

Chief Business Officer

Meet Our Campus Leaders

Kendra Hampton

Principal of Beta Academy

Helen Abernathy

Executive Director of Research and Development

Ciara Boudreaux

Elementary Assistant Principal K-2nd

Alex Benitez

Assistant Principal 3rd-8th

Lisa Gordon

Assistant Principal

Maury Jacobs

Assistant Principal

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Teresa Sones

President of The Beta Foundation

A former educator with over 30 years of classroom and administrative experience, Teresa Sones believes every student deserves a great school—one that graduates future community leaders equipped to function confidently, effectively, responsibly, and joyfully in an increasingly complex global society.

 

When Teresa retired from education to help launch and manage an international procurement company, her service-oriented mindset contributed to the firm’s reputation for exceeding client expectations with respect to their multi-national supply chain requirements. Her experience in school administration supported the implementation of sound business practices and accountability standards. And Teresa’s love for teaching translated into mentoring employees and effective team building.

 

A leader who has consistently demonstrated a heart for serving others, Teresa is now active in government-sponsored disaster relief and enjoys volunteering in community service efforts as well. A wife, mother to one daughter and son-in-law, and grandmother to four, Teresa enjoys reading, teaching small groups, traveling and spending time with family and friends of all ages.

 

Tim King

Vice President & Treasurer of The Beta Foundation

Timothy Wayne King, an entrepreneur in the oil fitting business since 1981, established Tubular Resources in Sugar Land, Texas, after attending St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. As the president of his own company for over thirty years, Tim has mastered the fiduciary challenges associated with a start-up operation, as well as those encountered during the natural growth and constriction of business opportunities through the years.

 

Tim’s experience with the financial details of business makes him an ideal treasurer for the board of directors. He exercises oversight of annual budget preparation and general financial operations as well as the development of sound financial strategies for continuous growth and expansion.

 

As large as his body of business acumen is Tim’s heart for the under-served and at-risk populations at home and abroad. He is a board member of Ima’s Home for Children, an orphanage in the Philippines, and a long-time financial supporter of local 4H Clubs and the Pasadena Rodeo. Reach Out America, an international emergency relief organization, is another of Tim’s philanthropic interests. For over twenty-five years, however, Tim’s compassionate financial support for community events in southeast Houston, where Beta Academy has opened its first campus, demonstrates an equally sincere commitment to the under-served close to home.

Anita Archer

Secretary of The Beta Foundation

Serving as Board Secretary for The Beta Foundation, Anita brings over twenty-five years of educational experience to Beta Academy. A certified Gifted and Talented teacher, she served by invitation on Governor George W. Bush's Reading Initiative Committee. Her expansive store of experience and service provides both practical and theoretical evidence of her subject mastery and her enthusiasm for meeting each scholar’s needs.

 

Anita is an expert in Classroom Technology Integration and Whole Language teaching methods. Experienced in technology lab design and creation, she has written instructional guides and conducted numerous training events and in-services in classroom technology insertion across all disciplines for teachers and schools throughout Texas. Her highly successful implementation of Whole Language teaching and small group instruction for students with limited English proficiency was widely recognized as exemplary and ultimately served as the program implementation model across multiple Texas school districts. As a Mastery Teacher for Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston, Anita provided classroom demonstration, guidance, and evaluations for student teachers.

 

An accomplished public speaker, Anita has been a contributor at elementary principal and supervisor conferences and training events for Pasadena Independent School District, including her presentation entitled, “Classroom Technology Integration: A Teaching Tool, Not an Independent Workstation”.  As a guest speaker for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) convention in Austin, Texas, she spoke on “Developing Proficient Readers and Writers through Whole Language Methods”.

 

Among her many recognitions and accomplishments, Anita received the District Award for Achievement and was nominated for the HEB “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award for two consecutive years.

 

Anita graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on History. Her graduate work was completed at the University of Texas and the University of Houston, in the areas of Children with Learning Language Disabilities (LLD), Multi Cultural Studies, and Technology.

Jan Saunders

Board Member

As a licensed real estate agent for over 20 years, Jan Saunders realized very early in her career the importance of good schools to a community.  One of the number one priorities of families who are relocating into an area is to make sure their home is zoned to a good school.  Good schools are an important anchor of a community.

 

When the opportunity arose for Jan and her family to live internationally when her two children were young, it was the opportunity of a good education and the experience of travel that became a deciding factor in her husband accepting the position.  And a wonderful experience it was!  Travel is still an experience both Jan and her husband and now adult children and grandchildren enjoy.

 

The opportunity to serve on the board of Beta Academy is considered an honor that Jan takes very seriously.   Jan’s ambition in serving is to partner with the other board members, administration and community to make Beta Academy a shining star among Charter schools.

Daniel P Neely, CTP

Board Member

Daniel is passionate about assisting local businesses, Middle Market Companies, and Public Entities who are focused on growth.  Growth and profitability are the primary keys to a healthy organization and Daniel adds value to his clients by taking time to understand their business and the key components that drive their growth and profitability.  Daniel’s expertise is in defining organizational needs and providing transformational leadership in helping guide organizations through change.

 

A financial services executive with focused tenure in end-to-end Treasury and Liquidity Solutions, Daniel currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Treasury and Liquidity Solutions for Independent Bank N.A. where he leads the Treasury Management business line for the Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Waco markets managing Sales, Technical Sales, Implementations, Public Funds, and Business Unit Financial Reporting.  Daniel has a broad awareness of overall banking industry, financial services, and deep experience with working capital concepts across most major industries.

 

 Receiving his B.B.A. in Management from The Florida Institute of Technology, Daniel also earned a CTP, Certified Treasury Professional, designation from the Associations of Financial Professionals.  As a subject matter expert on cyberfraud, wire fraud, and check fraud, Daniel speaks at a number of financial conferences across the State of Texas, most recently at the County Treasurers' Association of Texas Conference.

 

When he is not working he loves spending time with his wife and 3 children, soon to be 4 children.  Daniel played basketball through college and now enjoys playing in the driveway with his 5 year old and 4 year old sons.  He will officially retire when they can beat him.  Daniel has been involved in coaching youth sports, and has been an active volunteer with a number of charities including Reach out America and Shades of Hope. Daniel has also served on a variety of boards including Beta Academy, Reach out America Advisory Board, and TSYS Advisory Board.

Carl Glaw

Advisory Board Chair

W. Carl Glaw, Jr. CPA, CGMA, FVS is the founder and managing partner of GLO CPA’s, a top accounting firm in Houston since 1981.  A fourth generation Houstonian and strong proponent of education, Carl is a 1977 graduate of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and continues to support many of the University’s programs.  Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2003 and Volunteer of the Year in 2007, he has served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University’s Wolfe Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He also founded and chaired for two terms, the Advisory Board of the Bauer College of Business, Department of Accounting and Taxation and was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board Executive Committee.

 

In addition to his work at the University of Houston, Carl is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) College of Engineering.  He was instrumental in helping bring Cyber Engineering to the university, making HBU the second university in the world to offer this type of engineering degree. Carl has also joined HBU’s Dunham College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

 

Carl is a longtime supporter of many clubs and philanthropic organizations that seek to better the local Houston community and beyond. He’s a member of the C Club, the Northwest Pachyderm Club, University of Houston Political Action Committee, the Houstonian Club and many, many more.

 

Tirelessly committed to the accounting profession and his community, Carl is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation for which he has worked diligently for 15 years.  Texas Business Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide scholarships for students in 22 Texas colleges. Carl is Chairman of the Finance Committee and has served as a committee member since 2010.

 

 

 

Willie Davis

Advisory Board Member

Willie Davis has spent his life in the service of others.  Raised in the Third Ward by a single mother, in a home with 10 siblings, he is no stranger to hardship.  Wealth and comfort were luxuries he was unfamiliar with, but these hard times taught him a lesson that he would carry with him for the rest of his life.  It’s people and the relationships we have with them that is important.  As Willie puts it, “We had very little money and it was a hard time, but what we did have was each other.”

 

What he learned from taking care of friends and family, he carried with him when he joined the United States Army.  When he left the military he answered a higher calling of service and became a pastor.  With three decades of ministering to the spiritual needs of those around him, Pastor Willie Davis tirelessly tended to his congregation at the MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church on the Southside, and continues to do so today.

 

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