Marco Morales, Principal
Brookline Elementary School
Houston ISD, Houston, Texas
Raise Your Hand Texas Alumna, ’14 (REEP)
Marco Morales, principal at Brookline Elementary in Houston Independent School District, recently graduated from the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship Program. He was one of more than 25 principals sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas to pursue the 13-month fellowship, which is designed to help principals expand their executive leadership skill base Marco shares his perspectives about the REEP experience and Raise Your Hand Texas’ support for principals across the state.
At the end of my sixth year of teaching in Houston ISD, I was fortunate enough to receive an offer from the principal at Brookline Elementary, Dr. Michelle Cloud, to join her administrative team as a teacher specialist. I was ready to learn as much as I could and do my very best. I had aspirations to make a broader impact on education, beyond the hundreds of students I influenced over my years as a teacher. I wanted to take the next step and become an administrator. Little did I know how fast I was going to take that big leap forward.
My principal approached me in September and asked if I was interested in being interim principal. She had just been promoted to the role of School Support Officer. Was I interested? Most definitely! Was I ready? I didn’t know. But I accepted the challenge.