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    • Attucks MS
    • Austin HS
    • Bellaire HS
    • Black MS
    • Bonham ES
    • Burbank MS
    • Chavez HS
    • Clifton MS
    • Cook ES
    • Cornelius ES
    • Crespo ES
    • Cullen MS
    • Deady MS
    • Dogan ES
    • Elrod ES
    • Fleming MS
    • Fondren MS
    • Forest Brook MS
    • Franklin ES
    • Furr HS
    • Grissom ES
    • Gross ES
    • Heights ES
    • Herrera ES
    • Hilliard ES
    • Holland MS
    • Kashmere HS
    • Key MS
    • Lamar HS
    • Lawson MS
    • Lockhart ES
    • Longfellow ES
    • Looscan ES
    • Mading ES
    • Madison HS
    • Marshall MS
    • MC Williams MS
    • Milby HS
    • Navarro MS
    • North Forest HS
    • Northside HS
    • Oak Forest ES
    • Pershing MS
    • Pilgrim 6-8
    • Pilgrim K-5
    • Port Houston ES
    • Revere MS
    • Sam Houston HS
    • Scarborough HS
    • Shadowbriar ES
    • Sharpstown HS
    • Smith ES
    • Sterling HS
    • Stevenson MS
    • Sugar Grove MS
    • Thomas MS
    • Waltrip HS
    • Washington HS
    • Welch MS
    • Westbury HS
    • Westside HS
    • Wheatly HS
    • Wisdom HS
    • Woodson ES
    • Worthing HS
    • Yates HS
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Meet the team

  • Derrick Emanuel — Director of Equity & Outreach

    Derrick Emanuel was born and raised in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and has called Houston, Texas his home since 2014. Mr. Emanuel earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Greensboro College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland...

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  • Wilson Rentería — Senior Manager

    Wilson Renteria is a native of Colombia and has lived in Houston, Texas since 2005. Wilson joined Houston ISD in 2011 as a Spanish teacher at Billy Reagan K-8. He joined HISD’s central office leadership team in 2016 where he has served in different capacities including key teacher leader, special education parent liaison, and academics program manager before his current role as senior manager...

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  • Rene Lugo — Academics Program Manager

    Rene firmly believes that self-improvement through grit and guidance can take someone to levels only he or she imagined. Rene believes this because he has experienced it firsthand. Raised by a single mother in some of Houston’s roughest neighborhoods, he has overcome many obstacles as a teen...

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  • Terence J. Daniels — Academics Program Manager

    Terence Daniels is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Daniels spent most of his childhood years growing up on U.S. Army bases and military communities...

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  • Keenan D. Jones — Academics Program Manager

    Keenan Jones is an education professional who is passionate about access and equity, with the goal of positively impacting the life trajectory of Houston’s youth. Keenan is dedicated to implementing programs that focus on the academic, social, and intellectual development of students...

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  • Arnold Collins II — Academics Program Manager

    Arnold has worked in the education field for 16 years. He began his career in HISD at J.G Osborne Elementary where he served as a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade teacher while also functioning in many other capacities on the campus. One of his greatest achievements was starting the Osborne Drum Line...

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  • Britton Davis-Washington — Academics Program Manager

    Britton Davis-Washington was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, and has called Houston, Texas his home since 2015. Britton holds an Associate and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Purdue University, Master of Public Administration and Master of Education in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University...

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  • Casmir B. Ezimako — Academics Program Manager

    Casmir B. Ezimako joined the Ascending to Men Project team in 2018 as an Academics Program Manager. Before his current role, Casmir was a classroom teacher at Barbara Jordan Career and Technology School. He was in charge of teaching health science technology, hospital and clinical education, as well as getting students prepared for certification exams...

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  • Carlos C. Larios — Academics Program Manager

    Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences from the University of Houston-Downtown. With over 15 years of experience in managing diverse interpersonal relationships, Carlos has dedicated his entire career to helping youth. Before joining ATMP, Carlos was a Student Caseworker, Outreach Worker, and Wraparound Resource Specialist at Houston ISD...

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  • Xavyance L. Handfield — Academics Program Manager

    Xavyance has dedicated most of his life to mentoring and personal development. As a third-generation educator, he knew shortly after graduating from college that working with students is his calling and would be in the very near future. He has had the privilege to speak to over 30,000 students across the nation about post-secondary options...

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  • Ricardo Estopier Ayala — Academics Program Manager

    Ricardo Estopier Ayala is a graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Originally from San Antonio, his family moved to Houston to take advantage of greater educational opportunities. Mr. Estopier received a full scholarship to The Lawrenceville School, a boarding high school in New Jersey, where he went on to graduate with Honors with a focus in Physics...

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