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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

May Teachers of the Month: Robert T. Hill Middle School

We are excited to highlight the teaching team at Robert T. Hill Middle School as the Team of the Month for May! Hill’s Impact Manager, Courtney Fadley, chose to highlight Hill. Courtney shared with the Hill team that she chose to highlight them because “as a team, you all rallied around our program from the very beginning. It is not often that we have schools start in January and complete as much of the program as you all have, especially with 6th graders! You all have taken the opportunity to encourage, engage, and empower the young minds of your students with information that is so crucial to their futures. I love being ears and eyes in your classrooms as you facilitate the program. The following quote from one of your 6th graders is such a great picture of what you all as social studies teachers bring to our program. ‘Success to me means that you can do something you actually like doing and maybe even being able to travel around the...

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

April Mentor of the Month: JJ Ponce

This month Education Opens Doors is thrilled to highlight one of our unique partnerships. Not all Roadmap to Success teachers are traditional classroom teachers! Our April mentor of the month is JJ Ponce, a mentor with  Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM). AEM works to inspire and encourage young men and women to excel academically, professionally and, ultimately, in their communities. Mentors utilize the Roadmap to Success to encourage students to find and develop their passion, support students as they navigate through high school and transition into college, assist with college applications and funding and developing interpersonal skills. We’re excited to share more about their work and one of their fantastic mentors, JJ! Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington & Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Area of Study: Business & Law Favorite College Memory: Graduation, no question. This is not because I was done with school, I had already planned to go to law school thereafter. Graduation for me was the culmination of many years of hard work....

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

March Teacher of the Month

Our March teacher of the month is Ms. Edwards, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. Ms. Edwards was nominated by her Impact Manager, Sandra Godina, for her dedication to the Roadmap to Success program and her students. Read on to learn more about her background, why she chose to teach and her favorite Roadmap to Success lesson! Alma Mater: Paul Quinn College, Bachelors and Prairie View A&M University, Masters Area of Study: Bachelors-Elementary Education, Masters-Education Administration Favorite College Memory: My favorite college memory has nothing to do with education. My college roommate and I rode the bus downtown to Dallas’s Deep Ellum for a night of fun. She, not being from Dallas, and I, not being from Texas, had no idea about bus schedules. When we were done having our college fun, we missed the last bus to return to the train that would take us to a bus that would eventually take us to the campus. Because no busses were running at the time,...

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Events, Success Stories | 0 comments

Roadmap to Success in action at L.V. Stockard Middle School

Education Opens Doors recently hosted a site visit at L.V. Stockard Middle School, where the Roadmap to Success began! Site visits are a way for donors, potential partners and community members to visit a school that implements the Roadmap to Success and see the program in action. Guests also have the opportunity to speak to students, teachers and administrators of the program to hear about their experiences and get a first-hand account of the assets and some of the challenges they face on their campus. Mr. Varrassi, the principal at Stockard, kicked off the day by discussing his role on campus (he is in his second year as principal), how the Roadmap to Success is implemented and some other middle school highlights. He also talked about the feeder high school that Stockard feeds into and the Business Technology program offered there. Education Opens Doors Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder shared some of her personal story and the history of Education Opens Doors at Stockard, the school where she taught...

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Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

January Student of the Month

Our January student of the month is Tamika, an 11th grader at Houston Can Academy Southwest. She has big dreams of becoming an entrepreneur after high school and to study at Sam Houston State University- read on to hear more about how her experience with the Roadmap to Success is helping her get there! What do you plan to do after high school? After high school, getting a better understanding of business and marketing is my ultimate goal. I would like to learn as much as I can to pass down what I know freely to young individuals like me who are trying to accomplish being independent for themselves and create something much more than just a dream and a hope but a legacy that works and can be carried on to others. What kind of job would you like to have in the future? Being an entrepreneur is what I plan to be in the future. Working for myself and on my own time has always been one...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

January Teacher of the Month

Our January Roadmap to Success teacher of the month is Mr. Haroon, a 7th grade Texas Studies teacher from Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Mr. Haroon ends each class by asking, “What are we spreading?” His students respond, “Joy!” He lives this creed each day by preparing his students to be college ready. During our Roadmap to Success lesson he shares his personal stories of success and failure to bring real life  into his classroom. Read on for a behind-the-scenes interview with this inspiring educator! Alma Mater: University of Houston Area of Study (major/minor): Cultural Anthropology/African American Studies Favorite college memory: Giving lectures alongside my professors Why did you choose to become a teacher? I saw a need for more positive male role models in society. What is your favorite quote? Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. What is your favorite activity/lesson in the Roadmap to Success program?...

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