Every leader seeks opportunities to improve their craft. When I sought a seat in the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Cohort IV opportunity, I was at a point in my career where I knew I needed something more than a professional development workshop. Something that extended further than a convention of mini-conferences, yet a concrete experience that was sustainable and applicable over time.
In planning to apply to work on a doctorate, REEP stepped into my lens and peaked my interest with the element of business development instruction from the acclaimed Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University, a defining part of their extensive program. After participating in the interview process, I felt confident that the level of learning before me would be second to none and far exceed elements of the doctoral programs I was interested in that lacked the additional entrepreneurial, business development focus.
The partnership with Raise Your Hand Texas was my main impetus for participating in REEP. Raise Your Hand Texas went further with their commitment by maintaining the cross-district support and collaboration with fellow campus administrators. This extension of the program was unexpected, but a welcome addition to my learning and networking.
Each class brought a higher level of cognitive application, held me accountable for pushing the growth mindset, and taught me to utilize business tools in my daily practice. As the time-demanding work schedule of a principal pulled at our attention, we were always drawn back into the world-class instruction and well planned environments of REEP.
As with any long-term learning commitment, there is a bitter sweetness to the last day. When I began the journey, I did not imagine the strength I was going to gain, the confidence and open-minded view I would acquire, nor the yearning I would have to be back in that seat again. REEP and Raise Your Hand Texas brought me to a new level of leadership that I know will sustain beyond the hours in the Jones School and push me continually towards increased achievement in every aspect of school leadership..
Crystal Romero-Mueller, Principal of Tomball Intermediate School