Monique S. Robinson received a B.A from Wilberforce University; Psychology, M. Ed from Concordia University-Portland; Educational Leadership, and Ed. S from Northcentral University; Educational Leadership. M. Robinson is the founder of A Better Chance for Youth Futures Inc. a nonprofit organization that promotes higher learning for all scholars. Advocates for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. While providing consulting services on grant writing, scholar preparation letters, and test preparation. In addition, in 2009 received the Teacher of the Year award for Imagine Schools, district, and region for her contributions to education.
LaTonya Akins is currently a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in San Antonio, TX She was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. After working in the corporate world, she decided to pursue the passion she has for working with children in the classroom. The 2020-2021 school year will be her ninth year of teaching. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Concordia University-Portland.
Dr. Krystal Cross
Current Role: Middle School Assistant Principal
Ultimate Goal & Aspiration: HBCU President
Biggest Achievement: Earning a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the age of 35
Most Impressive Achievements: Classroom teacher for 11 years and Math Content Specialist.
Quick Fact: I have a 19-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. My purpose is to help others in any capacity. Dr. Cross is compassionate, goal-oriented and a knowledgeable educator with over 15 years of experience in education. She has a multitude of expertise to bring A.B.C. Youth Futures Inc.
Hello everyone! My name is Tanisha LeBlanc and ever since I could remember, I have had the passion for working and making a difference in my community. One of the reasons why I became interested in the field of education as a teacher and future counselor was due to the fact that during high school, I was not exposed to the nuances of what needed to be done in preparation for life after high school. Now, I have been working in the school system for the past 9 years where I have taught grades pre-k -4th.
Educator emphasis: Mathematics for 9 years.
Education: Grand Canyon University: Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Goal: Aspiring to be a college and career readiness counselor soon.
Celineise Woods started her career in education 16 years ago. Mrs. Woods earned her B.S. in Mathematics in 2004 while working a full-time job. After college, she served as the Director of Secondary Education & Lead Teacher at a home for troubled teenagers in New York for 3 years. She then moved to San Antonio where she taught K4-6th graders at Eisenhauer Road Baptist School for 2 years and then moved on to the George Gervin Youth Center where she served as the Residential Services Coordinator (LCCA) & Special Education Liaison. She was a substitute teacher for Judson ISD for a few years and then decided to leave education and the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom.
It was the journey through the ups and downs of personal and professional life during the 2018-2019 school year that would push Mrs. Woods to yield to the tug on her heartstrings and return to her first love, the classroom. She set out on a very ambitious journey to earn her Special Education certification by the beginning of the 19-20 school year while maintaining her full-time job as a wife, mom, and IDEA Walzem registrar. Though she began the 19-20 school year as Walzem’s registrar, she reached her goal, earned her certification, and transitioned back into teaching. If you ask her how it feels, she’ll tell you, “It feels like home.” Her love and passion for helping shape the minds of children have allowed her to foster a deep connection with the scholars in her classroom and across the entire Walzem campus.
She attributes her success to witnessing the resiliency of her amazing mother, Yvonne, and her determination to honor the promise she made to her father in 2000 just before he succumbed to his battle with brain cancer. That promise was that she would never quit and that she would strive to be the best there was to be at whatever it was that she did.
Mrs. Woods’s life mission is to encourage others to take one step beyond what they can see, beyond what they can feel, and beyond what they can touch; for in doing so, they open a whole new world of opportunity for themselves that they didn’t even know existed.
In her spare time, Celineise enjoys traveling in her RV or hanging out on the lake with her husband and two amazing sons, and of course dining at Smashin’ Crab every chance she gets.
My name is Shawne Darchelle Todd.. I'm from Wichita Falls, Texas. I am the oldest of three. I am military kid whose lived in many places. Our first assignment as a family was in Ankara, Turkey. We lived there for 2 years. This was my first experience living out of the country and my first experience learning about a different culture outside the United States. This changed my life forever.. That was the beginning of a love for other people and others who had nothing. We moved on from there to Illinois, Louisiana and back to Texas where I graduated from high school on an Air Force Base here in San Antonio. Most of my work experience has been teaching children. I have taught in daycare's, charter schools and at shelters for homeless children. Each one of these experiences has added an even greater burning to reach and to teach children the necessary tools to survive and cope with life.
Hello, my name is Kimberly Bonds I am a native of San Antonio, Texas. I am married and together we have two amazing children. I started my educational journey at St. Philips College where I earned my Associates of Arts degree. I continued my education at The University of San Antonio, Texas where I earned my Bachelor of Interdisciplinary of Studies Degree. This will be my 11th year as an educator. I've had numerous opportunities teaching grades Pre-K-4th. My educating philosophy is very simple students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
My name is Michelle Payton. I was born October 3, 1969 in Waco, TX. I lived all over the world due to my dad being in the military. I am married with three grown children and 3 grandchildren. I started working and teaching children 25 years ago. My journey began at Feed My Sheep Early learning center with 2-year-old toddlers. Then started my education endeavors at St. Phillips College, San Antonio, earning an Associates of Arts Degree. I went on to pursue my Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. I have been a certified educator for 14 years while working in various school districts around San Antonio, Texas.
Hello everyone, my name is Tina Coles I am from Danville, Virginia. I have experience working with children for over 30 years. I earned my bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist University in Early Childhood Development and a Masters Degree in Child Development in Curriculum Instruction.
Tennile Shaw’s passion for teaching began at an early age as she demonstrated her ability to share knowledge with friends and family members. As a professional educator for the last seventeen years, she has a proven track record of motivating young people to overcome various obstacles – both personal and academic – to grow and succeed.
Mrs. Shaw believes that she teaches in all that she says, does, thinks, and believes. She considers it both a privilege and a responsibility to create opportunities for others through education, especially those with the least accessibility and support. Certified to lead and teach struggling readers, English Language learners, low socio-economic, gifted learners, and more, Mrs. Shaw is committed to doing whatever it takes to help students meet and exceed expectations.
With a professional journey encompassing her to work with a variety of communities and student populations, she maintains the same expectation of success for all students. As both a product and employee of the state’s best school districts, her dedication and steadfastness has helped Tennile build meaningful relationships with the families she serves. Whether assisting six-year-olds mastering number sense, talking eleven-year-olds through better time management, or helping high school juniors revise their college application essays, she simultaneously sets high standards and supports her students to achieve them. Known for problem-solving through creative solutions, Mrs. Shaw is valued for her dependability, tireless work ethic and practical advice based on experience.
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