2014-2015 Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship Program

Raise Your Hand Texas is entering its fourth year of partnership with the Rice University Education Entrepreneurs Program (REEP). The REEP Business Fellowship for School Leaders is an exceptional one-year business training program designed for K-12 educators who desire to learn how to apply business theories to the public school setting. Graduates complete the program well versed in the business, innovation, organization and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to effect powerful change. Upon successful completion of all coursework and a rigorous innovation project, participants receive a graduate certificate from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

The REEP Business Fellowship, offered through Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the traditional educational framework. The program is 12 months long. The spring semester starts in February 2014 and consists of evening, day and weekend sessions. During the summer, students join the REEP MBA students at the Summer Institute. The final months include a combination of skill development, coursework and cohort-based work. Graduates complete the program well versed in the business, innovation, organization and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to effect powerful change.

The Business Fellowship Program costs $8,000 per educator. Raise Your Hand will provide a grant to pay all tuition expenses as well as a modest stipend for each school leader that 1) is accepted into the program and 2) works in a district that has met the grant requirements.

Applications are due to REEP by October 28, 2013 and decisions will be made by mid-January 2014. For more information, contact Dr. André Morgan at amorgan@ryht.org.

2013-14 Business Fellowship Program

WHAT is the investment?

Raise Your Hand is partnering with 10 Houston-area school districts to provide the tuition expenses for a select cohort of principals within a feeder pattern to attend the program. To date, Raise Your Hand has funded 60 school leaders to attend REEP, impacting more than 47,000 students in the Houston area.


By covering the tuition expenses ($7,500 per participant), Raise Your Hand ensures that these school leaders have the business, innovation, organization and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to effect powerful change.


Kathleen Cox Aldine ISD Ernest F. Mendel Elementary
Janine Hoke Alief ISD Miller Intermediate School
Nancy Lewin Alief ISD Holmquist Elementary
Bernadette Bentley Alief ISD Petrosky Elementary School
Paul Baez Alief ISD Rees Elementary School
Patrick Cherry Alief ISD Albright Middle School
Kerry Smith Alief ISD Alief Early College High School
Johnny Briseno Alvin ISD Alvin High School
Jessica McMullen Alvin ISD Mary Burkes Marek Elementary
Trent Thrasher Alvin ISD Alvin Jr. High School
Sarah Otto Barbers Hill ISD Barbers Hill Primary School
Lisa Watkins Barber Hills ISD Barbers Hill Primary Center
Kelly O. Gerletti Cypress Fairbanks ISD Robison Elementary School
Erwann Wilson Cypress Fairbanks ISD Bang Elementary School
Jeffrey LaCoke Cypress Fairbanks ISD Frazier Elementary School
Anthony Indelicato Fort Bend ISD Kempner High School
Kenneth Gregorski Fort Bend ISD Clements High School
Sonja Williams Houston ISD Madison High School
Steven Gittens Houston ISD Hobby Elementary School
Maya Weatherton Houston ISD Forester Elementary
Tiffany Chenier Houston ISD McNamara Elementary
Marco Morales Houston ISD Brookline Elementary
Lucy Anderson Houston ISD Stevens Elementary
Sarah Ballard Humble ISD Park Lakes Elementary
Donna Fife Humble ISD Elm Grove Elementary
Robye Snyder Spring Branch ISD Meadow Wood Elementary
Patricia Thomas Spring Branch ISD Ridgecrest Elementary
David Rodriguez Spring Branch ISD Buffalo Creek Elementary
Lynne Barry Spring Branch ISD Edgewood Elementary
Beth Woodson Spring Branch ISD Memorial Drive Elementary
Dr. Jo Ann Colson Tomball ISD Timber Creek Elementary School
Meredith Walker Tomball ISD Tomball Elementary School


Mary Williams Alief ISD Elsik High School Principal
Melissa Hayhurst Humble ISD Kingwood High School Principal
Glenda Holder Humble ISD Lakeland Elementary School Principal
Kim Klepcyk Humble ISD Quest High School Principal
Stephanie Coronado Humble ISD Timbers Elementary School Principal
Gary Henry Spring Branch ISD Valley Oaks Elementary School Principal
Jane Ellen Green Spring Branch ISD Frostwood Elementary School Principal
Belinda Henry Spring Branch ISD Valley Oaks School Assistant Principal
Shawn Williams Alvin ISD Manvel Junior High Principal
Christina Lovette Alvin ISD Nolan Ryan Junior High Principal
Todd Armelin Alvin ISD Eckert Intermediate School Principal
Kristin Craft Alvin ISD Stehlik Intermediate School Principal
Linda Reed Alvin ISD Vines Pre-K Center Principal
Carrie Marz Cy-Fair ISD Willbern Elementary School Principal
Michelle Rice Cy-Fair ISD Copeland Elementary School Principal
Karen Stockton Cy-Fair ISD Lieder Elementary School Principal
Sarah Harty Cy-Fair ISD Cypress-Lakes High School Principal
Pam Redd Cy-Fair ISD Tipps Elementary School Principal
Crystal Romero-Muller Cy-Fair ISD Feist Elementary School Principal
Susan Brenz Cy-Fair ISD Yeager Elementary School Principal

2011 Summer Institute

Raise Your Hand, REEP and Alief ISD partnered over the summer of 2011 to provide six campus leaders from Alief ISD the opportunity to attend a three-week REEP Summer Institute at Rice. The purpose of the institute is to teach education leaders how to apply managerial knowledge to their campus in innovative ways.

Participating school leaders and their campuses are:

  • Nancy Trent, Youens Elementary
  • Ting-Ling Sha, Martin Elementary
  • Vinson Lewis, Alief Middle
  • Chris Pichon, Landis Elementary
  • Andy Velasquez, Owens Intermediate
  • Steven Speyrer, Elsik High School

To further develop the summer learning, the REEP faculty is working with the Alief ISD cohort as they draft and present achievement-oriented innovation projects over the course of the 2011-12 school year.