HISD’s Resilient Outstanding Sisters Exemplifying Success (ROSES) will seek to develop 1:1 mentoring relationship for females across district. The program will leverage community resources and partnerships to provide females with advocates who will support them academically, socially and who will help them aspire towards a successful future. Students participating in the program will participate in a mentorship curriculum to help them address the issues mentioned previously, as well as workshops led by adult females from various industries, entrepreneurship tours, college visits and a culminating ROSES summit at the end of the year.
MEET THE ROSES TEAM
Jermani Justice, Senior Manager - Jermani Justice had the vision to reach young people all over the world. With nearly 20 years of education experience, her vision sparked an explosion that erupted the moment she bacame an educator for HISD. Jermani is commonly known across the southern region for her talent, determination, passion, and involvement to the world of education, dance, mentorship, and philanthropic works. While managing her academics, love for dance, and community engagement, she graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences Degree in Psychology with a minor in Administration of Justice (Texas Southern University), Masters of Educational Leadership (Grand Canyon University), and Doctorate of Education of Organizational Leadership and Development candidate 2021.
Demetres Boyd-Thompson, Academic Program Manager- A product of HISD schools and a proud graduate of Sam Houston State and University of Phoenix. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Demetres has always had a passion to inspire and help change the lives of people. She saw first-hand the impact educators can have on youth as one of her mentors was her high school cheerleading coach. Prior to beginning her educational career, Demetres served as an Adult Probation Officer for 10 years. As an adult probation officer, she reduced recidivism rates, provided resources and served as a liaison between the courts and offenders. After witnessing the increase of teenagers on probation, she knew her calling was to educate and inform youth about the criminal justice system and how to become better self-advocates. Demetres began her career in education in 2016. She taught various subjects such as Dual Credit Business Management, Principals of Law and Introduction to Criminal Justice. Shortly after, she was promoted to an At-Risk Program Administrator. In this role, Demetres worked closely with schools, students, parents, administrators and the community to create and coordinate educational programs, increase attendance and graduation percentages, decrease drop out rates and increase student achievement. Demetres is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she believes in Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. As a ROSES Program Manager, Demetres will dedicate her time and expertise by giving special attention to females from undeserved parts of our district and being a present role model and mentor.
Geraldine Cox, Academics Program Manager - Geraldine Russ Cox has more than 30 years of experience in the educational arena. She has been a successful principal, turnaround officer, and teacher. Prior to working in Houston, she has worked in Illinois and North Carolina. She received a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina A & T State University. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Gardner Webb University.
Priscilla Chavera, Academics Program Manager - Priscilla Chavera began her educational career in Robstown TX. She has 12 years’ experience working as a teacher, instructional coach, college instructor and several other roles. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Concordia. She is a firm believer of building strong partnerships with schools, parents, communities and stakeholders to assure that all students have the support and resources to succeed in life. Priscilla is a proud mother of 3 amazing children who are products of Houston ISD.
Claribel Guzman, Academics Program Manager- Claribel Guzman has dedicated her career to helping students succeed in many capacities for 12 years with a goal to develop students’ academic and professional trajectories. Before transitioning to ROSES, she was a Family and Community Engagement Specialist at Houston ISD, working with parents in preparing their children to succeed in college, career, and beyond. After being a first-generation college graduate, she believes that building intentional partnerships with families and communities while teaching and building relationships will help advance student achievement, especially in the underserviced communities. Claribel is an active member of Latinas Achieve at the University of Houston-Downtown, a mentorship program for Latina Students specifically designed to empower them in their academic and professional success. Claribel is also a Native Houstonian and alumni from The University of Houston-Downtown with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston.
Christal Smaw, Academics Program Manager- As an Academic Program Manager Christal Smaw is a team player. She is a visionary that sees her greatest strength as helping others. She has a broad background and has spent almost 20 years working with students and helping them reach their full potential. She began her career working with TRiO, a federally funded program that provides student services programs to disadvantaged students. It was during this time that Christal knew she had found her calling. She has served in the capacity as a Dropout Prevention Coach working with students that have both dropped out of high school and those that were high-risk. In addition, Christal has worked in college admissions at Texas A&M University and has served as a College & Career Advisor for HISD, assisting students through the college application process and matriculating to college. She also had the distinct privilege of traveling around the state of Alaska and recruiting students. Christal’s greatest joy comes from exposing students to educational opportunities and careers that they never imagined for themselves. She firmly believes that every student can succeed if given the opportunity, support and good academic direction. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, traveling, exploring Houston and attending sporting events. Christal challenges herself daily to give her best to our future generations. Christal is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English.
FIND YOUR SCHOOL
Various HISD schools have an assigned ROSES Program Manager to guide you through our services. To find your assigned Progam Manager, click the button below to see a list of schools we are currently servicing. If you have any issues locating your ROSES Program Manager, please call us at 713-556-7290.