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Good Reasons to Lead Fellowship

Program Overview & Goals

Over the course of eight months, the Good Reasons to Lead participants will engage in a fast and focused fellowship meant to give experienced education leaders a way to reflect, imagine, and rethink. Fellows receive the tools to go beyond being a successful leader to becoming a successful, innovative, and entrepreneurial leader. The three overarching goals of the fellowship are to:

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Identity

Understand how you show up and how that shows up in the work. Keeping true to yourself as a leader.

Influence

Through knowing ourselves, we can dig into how we influence change. We will strengthen our problem-solving and self-awareness muscles by thinking through how we approach problems and bring others along with us. Through a series of case studies and examining our current context, we will think outside the box and use our experiences to find innovative solutions.

Inspiration

Intentionally expose school leaders to people and ideas beyond their own context. We will expand each participant’s view of what a school can and should be through virtual inspiration visits.

Impact

Create impact by using our identity and influence to create change. We will provide quality professional development and space for experienced leaders to inspire a new future.

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Applications are now CLOSED for the 2022-23 cohort. Interested in learning more or have questions about the fellowship?

If you are interested in more details about fellowships at Good Reason Houston, please contact: Fellowship@GoodReasonHouston.org 

2023 Fellows

Michelle Watts

Michelle Watts is a native Houstonian who recently returned to the greater Houston area. She received her Bachelors from Mount Holyoke College and Masters and Doctorate from Rice University.

LaFredrick Smith

LaFredrick Smith, born and raised in College Station, Texas, is an educational leader who is committed to leading and teaching in the name of love.

Gillian Nelson

Bio coming soon. 

Kellie Thompson

Kellie Thompson is a passionate school leader, curriculum writer, and secondary English educator. She was born in Missouri City, Texas, and a graduate from Texas State University.

Jummy Akinyode

Jummy Akinyode is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and has dedicated 12 years to specializing in child and adolescent mental health with an extensive focus on BIPOC youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Dr. Ana Treviño-Godfrey

Dr. Ana Treviño-Godfrey, DMA, is the Director of Prelude Music Classes for Children and co-founder and Director of Education of The Prelude Music Foundation. She is passionate about music, music-making, and education. Ana graduated from Rice University (DMA, MM) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (BM).

Naquina Marks

Bio coming soon.

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Mark Samuel

Mark Samuel is a native Texan born and raised in the Houston area. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. 

Fallon Presley-Armstrong

Fallon Presley-Armstrong is an experienced teacher, and mentor in Parent & Family Engagement. 

Kellie Thompson

Kellie Thompson is a passionate school leader, curriculum writer, and secondary English educator. She was born in Missouri City, Texas, and a graduate from Texas State University.

Kellie Thompson

Kellie Thompson is a passionate school leader, curriculum writer, and secondary English educator. She was born in Missouri City, Texas, and a graduate from Texas State University.

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Houston Schools That Inspire invites you to celebrate the brilliance, innovation, and unwavering commitment to student success thriving within Houston public schools. Let’s learn from the quiet victories shaping lives and collectively working towards a future where every student in Houston feels successful. Houston, let’s get inspired!

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