Our Mission and Commitment
Houston ISD recognizes that, to equitably educate the whole-child, special attention must be given to underserved female students. Using a cohort model, the Resilient Outstanding Sisters Exemplifying Success (ROSES) Project is designed to mentor underserved female students at participating schools to build-out their post-secondary educational and career goals through academic, social-emotional, and workforce interventions.ROSES is committed to connecting female students from historically underserved demographics with community resources and mentorship opportunities to empower them with the knowledge, confidence, and necessary skills to enter the college and/or career of their choice upon graduation from Houston ISD.
MEET THE ROSES TEAM
Jhanne Hooker, Senior Manager- holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas Southern University. She began her career as a member of the College Advising Corp at Nimitz High School in Aldine Independent School District. She joined HISD's College Readiness team in 2015 as a College Readiness Advisor and served as a College Readiness Manager before her current role as Senior Manager of the ROSES Project. In all these roles, she oversaw the implementation of high-quality initiatives, programming, and systems that support student success and postsecondary enrollment. Supporting underrepresented youth is a major focal point of her career because she believes that every student can achieve the extraordinary when they are provided quality education and mentorship. She also finds it essential to give back and bring awareness to social issues, especially in Latin American countries like her homeland Colombia. She volunteers her time as a board member of The Courage To Bee, Inc. An organization dedicated to serving at-risk youth in impoverished Latin American countries.
Demetres Boyd-Thompson, Academic Program Manager- A product of HISD schools and a proud graduate of Sam Houston State and the 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 underserved parts of our district and being a present role model and mentor.
Priscilla Chavera, Academics Program Manager - 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- 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 alumn 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.