Courtney Rodriguez Sales comes from an extensive and varied background that has always had the same focus: advocating for children. Courtney received a Bachelor of Arts in Crime, Law, and Justice from the Pennsylvania State University. She then accepted a position with Teach for America, instructing a fifth-grade classroom in her hometown of Bronx, New York. She led her students to achieve over two years of reading growth in one instructional year. The inequities she witnessed inspired Courtney to obtain a Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra Law School, which she hoped to use to "dismantle the system" she felt deprived students of an excellent education. She became an Assistant Public Defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, representing juveniles in their criminal proceedings.
Years later, she chose to return to the place she felt she could make the most impact: schools. In her position as the Project Manager for the Pittsburgh Public School District's Department of Professional Development, she developed and managed a number of district initiatives. Additionally, Courtney supported school administrators in the creation of professional development plans aimed at building the capacity of teachers and producing academic achievement for students. Most recently, Mrs. Sales received a credential from Harvard University's College of Education for successfully completing its Urban School Leaders Program. Having fought on behalf of children in the boardroom, the courtroom, and the classroom, Courtney is humbled by the opportunity to create and manage a world class school for children in Houston, Texas.
Anthony Jackson comes from a varied professional background. Anthony has served as a Client Service Supervisor at Epic Health Services where he managed private duty nursing services for medically fragile children. Mr. Jackson has also served in the capacity of a business systems analyst and was responsible for overseeing over one thousand client databases across a number of states. Anthony graduated from Lamar University with a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems. Now, Anthony serves as the Operations Manager at Bloom Academy Charter School fueled by his passion to support the academic and personal success of children.
First Grade Lead Teacher
Brooke Williams has spent the entirety of her professional career committed to the mental health profession. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Norfolk State University, Ms. Williams accepted a position assisting children with mental health diagnoses in various school systems. Ms. Williams recently relocated to Houston, Texas to pursue her purpose of leading children to success with equal opportunity. She is honored to begin her journey with Bloom Academy Charter School for the 2019-2020 academic school year and excited to bring her mental health experience to our school community.
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Candess McPherson, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended public school for most of her life. She graduated at the age of 16 from Warren Easton High School and later attended the University of New Orleans and the University of Phoenix. She currently holds a Bachelor of Health Administration and a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. McPherson has served as both a teaching assistant and lead teacher at multiple grade levels. As an educator she is invested in the methodology and idea of understanding, analyzing, and challenging educational practices in order to teach effectively. Ms. McPherson prides herself on holding the highest expectations of all her students and yielding exceptional academic results. Ms. McPherson is overjoyed to join the Bloom Academy Founding Team.
Jasmin Guerrero has worked with students through her work as a research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of research include studying the effects of cultural stressors on Latinx adolescents and studying the social, emotional, and educational development in Mexican-American students who translate for their parents. Jasmin also served as a match support specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Jasmin aimed to promote the well-being and success of the students she has worked with in each of her roles. Jasmin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas, and is humbled by the opportunity to be a teaching fellow at Bloom Academy.