Dr. Carrie Marz — 32-year public education veteran and principal at Willbern Elementary in the Cy-Fair Independent School District — is a most unassuming school leader. Her calm, congenial demeanor belies her virtue as the kind of fiercely innovative leader in which Raise Your Hand Texas loves to invest.
She is also quite possibly the only Texas educator who keeps an unopened jar of Smucker’s Red Raspberry jelly on her office bookcase. (More on that in a bit.)
In 2012, Raise Your Hand Texas sponsored Dr. Marz to attend the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), a yearlong course that teaches school leaders how to apply business theories to the public school setting.
Here, Marz answers questions about school leadership, REEP, and a major challenge some K-12 educators in Texas face today.