Five school leaders selected for Rice entrepreneurship program

January 13, 2015

Jodi Matteson

Jan. 13, 2015—Four CFISD principals and one director of instruction are among 45 school leaders from 10 Houston-area school districts who have been accepted into the yearlong Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship for School Leaders.

The REEP Business Fellowship, offered through the Jones Graduate School of Business, empowers principals with leadership, innovation, organizational, marketing and financial management tools to be successful campus CEOs.

Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT), a nonprofit advocacy organization for public education, is sponsoring 41 principals to attend the program, including the following four CFISD principals:

  • Jessica Hernandez, Emmott Elementary School;
  • Jodi Matteson, Millsap Elementary School;
  • Beth May, Adam Elementary School; and
  • Stephanie Thomas, Horne Elementary School.

Additionally, Cypress Ranch High School director of instructionLanette Bellamy was accepted as the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD aspiring leader. 

Admission into the program recognizes participants’ academic and professional achievements, along with their potential for outstanding personal career development.

“I feel very fortunate to have been provided this opportunity by the Rice University REEP Program and Raise Your Hand Texas,” said Thomas. “I look forward to learning and collaborating with a variety of dedicated educational professionals so that I may become an even stronger leader and advocate for Texas public schools.”

The program, which begins in February, will enable the five CFISD participants to graduate in May 2015.

CFISD’s past REEP graduates include Ana Diaz, Holmsley Elementary School principal; Becky Koop, Pope Elementary School principal;Sandy Trujillo, Cypress Creek High School principal; Sherma Duck, Anthony Middle School principal; Michelle Rice, Copeland Elementary School principal; Dr. Karen Stockton, Lieder Elementary School principal; Dr. Carrie Marz, Willbern Elementary School principal; Susan Brenz, Yeager Elementary School principal; andSarah Harty, Cypress Lakes High School principal.


Jessica Hernandez

Beth May

Stephanie Thomas

Lanette Bellamy

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