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. While teaching some of the most memorable projects done by her scholars include the Living Wax Museum, Flat Stanley goes to college to an HBCU, and implementing the Performing Arts in lesson delivery. In addition, in 2009 she was honored with the Teacher of the Year award for Imagine Schools, district, and region for her contributions to education.
M. Robinson is the founder of A Better Chance for Youth Futures Inc., an organization that promotes Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Consulting for scholars to prepare them for college. M. Robinson is currently hosting a weekly podcast, a motivational speaker, a children’s book author, and provides workshops for parents to understand the process of sending their scholar to school debt – free.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Bright is currently a government employee and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Ms. Bright's proudest moment is overcoming obstacles as a single parent raising her daughters. Ms. Bright will lead the Motivational Mailings Project that will launch in January 2021!
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