• Secondary Literacy
     Secondary Literacy Team

Jessica Chevalier, Secondary Literacy Director

  • Jessica has been an educator for 13 years, beginning as a fifth-grade bilingual teacher in Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish from Linfield College in Oregon and a Master’s in ESOL/Bilingual Education from Western Oregon University. Having taught across the country—in Oregon and Connecticut before coming to Texas­—Chevalier has a unique perspective on education and is a driven advocate for students and teachers alike. At her core, Chevalier believes that all teachers and students want to achieve their goals, learn, and grow and that, as a curriculum and development team, it is our duty to meet their needs and support the pursuit of their goals. Jessica joined Secondary Curriculum and Development at the formation of the Secondary Literacy team in 2015. As a Teacher Development Specialist, she led the Literacy Empowered initiative, championed the Reading Inventory during its implementation, and provided continuous training opportunities for educators at all levels.

Camedra Jefferson, Curriculum Specialist

  • Camedra has served as a Literacy Coach, Dyslexia Specialist, Reading Intervention Teacher, Magnet Coordinator and is currently a Literacy Curriculum Specialist in Houston ISD’s Secondary Curriculum and Development Department. Camedra graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a B.S. in Sociology and the University of St. Thomas with an M.Ed. in Reading (Reading Specialist) and Educational Leadership. Ms. Jefferson is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in K-12 Executive Leadership/Superintendency at the University of Houston. Camedra holds certifications for Superintendent, Principal EC-12, Instructional Leadership Development (ILD),  Secondary English Language Arts and Reading, Secondary Generalist, and Special Education.  Upon entering the professional world of education, she began her career as a middle school Special Education Case Manager and Math/Reading Resource Teacher. Ms. Jefferson is also a SXSWEDU Advisory Board Member and attendee, where she provides feedback and approval for proposals submitted to the SXSWEDU (Education) festival. Ongoing learning and professional development are one of her core beliefs as a 21st Century educator. Camedra believes the fundamental building blocks for student success, is knowing that all students can learn when provided with the appropriate access and support coupled with high-quality instruction.

    Email: CJEFFERS@houstonisd.org

Sarah Baker, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Sarah began her career with the district at Juan N. Seguin Elementary school where she taught 5th grade ESL and science, previously having served as a 6th grade teacher in Conroe ISD.  She worked as an instructional coordinator at Seguin and was an assistant principal at McReynolds Middle School before becoming a secondary teacher development specialist. Ms. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in education and instructional technology specialization from the Houston Baptist University.  She earned a business and principal certification by participating in the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program at Rice University.  She is currently completing her doctoral studies at Texas A&M University in College Station with a focus on literacy. 

    Email: SBAKER9@houstonisd.org

Pamela Cunningham, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Pamela Cunningham has been with HISD over twenty-five years.  During this time, she has had the opportunity to work as a teacher, a reading-teacher trainer, an instructional supervisor, an educational program manager, literacy specialist, and now as a teacher development specialist.  She also has extensive experience supporting students and teachers participating in Special Education, Multilingual, and Gifted and Talented programs.  Ms. Cunningham holds a Secondary English/Language Arts Composite Teacher Certificate and a Principal Certificate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in mathematics and master’s degree in reading and language arts education.  Her goal is to serve as an instructional resource for you and to provide you with real-time embedded professional development and support as appropriate.

    Email: PCUNNIN1@houstonisd.org

Dr. Kerry McArthur, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Kerry McArthur has been an educator for over 20 years where she has worked at the elementary, secondary and university levels. In 2013 she joined Houston ISD after teaching and researching at the University in Arizona, Florida, and the Texas-Mexico border where she also co-directed the National Writing Project site. Dr. McArthur has experience in program development, curriculum writing, professional development, and grant writing. She has also worked as a Reading Specialist and is currently a teacher development specialist on the Secondary Curriculum Literacy Team. Dr. McArthur earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Reading from Texas Tech University; a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading Specialist) from the University of Houston; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona. Her professional interests are driven by the improvement of secondary teaching and learning. Specifically, exploring how language, both oral and written, first and second, informs and guides thinking, learning, and identity development in schooling.

Stephen Winton, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Stephen Winton joined HISD in 2015 after ten years with Harmony Public Schools, where he served as a teacher, assistant principal, and Director of Curriculum for Secondary English Language Arts.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from the University of Houston and his Master of Education degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.  He is currently working on doctoral studies at the University of Houston.  Mr. Winton’s focus is supporting joyful and meaningful literacy instruction.

    Email: SWINTON@houstonisd.org