Meet Our Executive Director & Founder

Latisha Andrews

Executive Director & Founder of The Beta Foundation

Latisha Andrews 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.

 

On her quest to offer a tuition-free school to her neighborhood, Latisha consulted with local and state legislators and established relationships with area businesses, community organizations, and neighborhood leaders to build a network of supporters. In 2010, she successfully launched a private K-5, 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.

 

Latisha graduated Summa Cum Laude from Capella University with a Master of Business Administration.

Meet Our Campus Leaders

Kendra Hampton

Principal of Beta Academy

Helen Abernathy

Reading and Writing Specialist, ESL Director

Raquell Sartor

Chief Academic Officer

Ciara Boudreaux

Elementary Assistant Principal K-2nd

Alex Benitez

Assistant Principal 3rd-8th

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Teresa Sones

President of The Beta Foundation

A former educator and current Vice President of Gateway Supply Inc., an international procurement and logistics company, Teresa Sones does her homework with respect to assessing client needs, developing innovative solutions, and establishing long-term customer relationships based on personalized care and well-founded trust.  A leader whose life has been defined by service to others, Teresa demonstrates sound business practices marked by a genuine concern for the interests of Gateway clients.  Teresa’s graduate studies focused on assessing students’ academic, behavioral, and social needs and fostered a genuine appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual and situation.  Applied in the corporate setting, this mindset contributes to Gateway's reputation for effectively managing critical timelines and meeting client expectations with respect to quality, suitability, and cost in the creation of solutions for the challenges multi-national supply chain efforts present. Her experience in school administration contributes to effective team building, and her love for teaching translates into her daily practice of encouraging professional growth in the members of the accounting and logistics departments she oversees. Maintaining high expectations for excellence in professionalism, integrity, courtesy, and respect among the team members fosters employee loyalty as well as ultimate customer satisfaction—the end product of a successful business effort.

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.

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