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.
Principal of Beta Academy
Kendra Hampton serves as the administrative liaison to parents for policy administration and academic development. She is also responsible for instructional strategies, scholar performance, after school and Saturday tutoring, special events, community activities, and family impact issues.
Kendra brings over ten years of experience in one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, and school administration in traditional public, private, and public charter school systems. These experiences helped to shape her educational philosophy, which developed around the central principles of high expectations for both students and teachers and a school culture of excellence. Kendra values the uniqueness of each scholar and regards parental and community support as essential elements for a highly effective educational experience.
A passionate and committed administrator who practices the pursuit of excellence, Kendra graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and has also earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas. Her greatest desire is to participate in the development of world class scholars, citizens, and leaders.
Reading and Writing Specialist, ESL Director
Helen Abernathy has been a classroom teacher, ESL Specialist and Reading Specialist in both international and national schools for over a decade. She has a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) combined with a Reading Specialist Endorsement from Regent University. Not only has she joyfully worked with K-8 English language learners, but she has also been an adjunct professor for the School of Education at her alma mater. Her passion for writing and editing curriculum is evident in the units she has written for AMO, a classic literature program for at-risk children. Mrs. Abernathy is at her best when she is sharing her love for language, reading, writing and literature with scholars of all ages.
Chief Academic Officer
Raquell Sartor brings over 11 years of experience working with children to the Beta Academy team. Her strengths are analyzing data and using it to drive instruction. She has a special talent for meeting the individual needs of each scholar as well as identifying their unique talents. She works tirelessly to promote student success no matter the odds against them.
Upon hearing the words, “You need to look at attending trade school and forget about a major university because you will probably fail.”, Raquell Sartor resolved to prove that she was capable of so much more. And prove it she did. Raquell graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Human Science degree. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Liberty University in International Business. She is living proof that with hard work and grit, anyone can achieve their dreams. This is what drives her every day to encourage the scholars of Beta Academy to do their best.
In her previous work history, Raquell Sartor has been recognized multiple times for her hard work and leadership skills. While working for Marriott Hotels, Raquell was awarded the Dare to Soar special achievement for both setting and achieving high goals. She went on to receive the Courage of Integrity award for bringing issues forward and developing solutions. While working as a procurement manager for Gateway Supply Incorporated, she was awarded the 2008 Employee of the Year.
On the wave of this success, Raquell went on to become a classroom teacher, assistant principal and finally, chief academic officer. Her zeal for academic excellence is directly responsible for the academic growth of many scholars. Providing quality education where children know they can accomplish their ambitions is not just a job for Raquell, it is her life mission.
Elementary Assistant Principal K-2nd
Ciara Boudreaux brings her dynamic personality and leadership skills to join the Beta administrative team as an assistant principal. She thrives on creating organized environments and has a talent for bringing order wherever she goes.
Ciara possesses more than nine years of experience in the field of education. She began her career in early childhood education teaching preschoolers for five years. Ciara then went on to work for Terrebonne Parish School District as a first-grade classroom teacher for multiple years. In addition to teaching in Terrebonne Parish, she has taught fourth grade here at Beta Academy for the past two years.
Because Ciara has a passion for both education and helping families, she attended Nicholls State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a double minor in Family and Consumer Sciences and Social Humanities. She also completed her Child Development Associate Credential in early childhood education. Ciara was an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from 2008-2011. Her thirst for learning never waning, Ciara enrolled in a variety of educational training courses with the NAEYC.
In addition to teaching, Ciara has also spent the last few years providing professional development and coaching for teachers in the areas of effective classroom management and organization. Ciara’s primary passion is to inspire and encourage students to excel in life!
Assistant Principal 3rd-8th
Award winning teacher, Alex Benitez, joins the administrative team as the secondary Assistant Principal (Grades 3-8). Not only does his classroom spark with creativity, but it is also full of rigorous, innovative teaching. Alex has the heart of a servant and believes in Beta Academy’s vision – to create a world-class school with a culture of honor and high academic expectations.
From the earliest days of his teaching experience, Alex Benitez demonstrated a natural aptitude for teaching that rivaled many seasoned teachers. In the years that followed, Alex taught multiple subject areas and grade levels. While teaching 5th grade in 2014-15, 100% of his students passed their Reading STAAR assessment. In 2015-16, Mr. Benitez earned the Celebrated Teaching Award for high academic achievement. The following school year, he received the Recognized Teaching Award when 94% of his scholars were on target academically. Alex was knighted by Sir James of the Early Act First Knight program for demonstrating the virtue of perseverance. Additionally, he has been awarded Teacher of the Month and is highly respected by his scholars, peers and administrators alike.
Alex graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is certified as both an early childhood through 6th grade teacher & a certified K-12th grade special education teacher. In addition, he has served as a special education teacher ensuring scholars with disabilities received the services they needed. His experience has afforded him with a powerful insight in how to meet the educational needs of his scholars.
As a gifted writer, public speaker and beloved teacher, Alex uses every talent he possesses to raise the banner of hope in the community of Beta Academy. Mr. Benitez will never relent in his calling to provide Beta Academy scholars with an exceptional education in order to impact their world.
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.
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.
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.
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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