District Leaders Graduate from Rice REEP Program

Cypress, TX (May 17, 2016) Six CFISD principals and administrators graduated May 11 from the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), a one-year business training program from the top-25 nationally ranked Jones Graduate School of Business.

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The 13-month program, which was part of the Houston Endowment foundation, targeted highly motivated educators committed to leading public schools by applying business theories to the public school setting.

CFISD’s participation was made possible by grants from public education advocacy group Raise Your Hand Texas.

According to the REEP website, graduates who complete the business fellowship program are ready to run K-12 schools as effective CEOs.

CFISD’s REEP graduates are:

  • Lanette Bellamy, Cypress Ranch High School director of instruction;
  • Tamera Felder, Wilson Elementary School principal;
  • Jessica Hernandez, Emmott Elementary School principal;
  • Jodi Matteson, Arnold Middle School principal;
  • Beth May, Adam Elementary School principal; and
  • Stephanie Thomas, Horne Elementary School principal.

“REEP was an amazing experience,” said Beth May, Adam principal. “I loved learning from world-class leaders and making connections beyond our district’s borders. Not only did I learn about myself as a leader, I learned about making purposeful decisions and pushing the boundaries to improve staff, students and Adam overall.  I reflect on my actions and their results on a consistent basis. After 27 years in education, it was a great shot in the arm!”

Twenty-two CFISD principals and leaders have graduated from the REEP program.

Courtesy of the District