(from left to right) Temeka Brown, Ryan Peel, Dr. Angela Kennedy, and Rhonda Bell have been named deans of instruction of the Early College High Schools at South Houston, Rayburn, Pasadena Memorial and Dobie. Also pictured: ECHS coordinator Jennifer Boushley.
By Reesha Brown
Rhonda Bell, Temeka Brown, Dr. Angela Kennedy and Ryan Peel have been named dean of instruction of the Early College High Schools (ECHS) at South Houston, Rayburn, Pasadena Memorial and Dobie, effective March 2017.
Bell takes the lead as ECHS dean of instruction at South Houston. Bell has worked in education for over 20 years and comes to Pasadena ISD from Splendora ISD, where she was director of early college and advanced academics.
She began her career in Humble ISD as a teacher and debate coach at Kingwood High School and later served as the communication teacher and instructional coach at Atascocita High School.
Bell holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin.
Brown will lead the Rayburn ECHS as dean of the campus. Brown has worked in education since 2002.
She started her career as a case manager at Communities in Schools and a teacher at Mainland Preparatory Academy. Brown continued her career as a math teacher. She was promoted to assistant principal at Thompson Intermediate in 2006, and then at Rayburn in 2010, where she will continue her work with the Rayburn Texans as dean of the ECHS.
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Mississippi in software engineering and a master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in educational management.
An assistant principal of Pasadena Memorial since 2013, Dr. Kennedy will continue serving the school as the ECHS dean of instruction.
She has dedicated 23 years to educating students, first as an elementary teacher at Pasadena ISD and Pearland. She served as an educational specialist at Clear Creek ISD and returned to Pasadena ISD to work in curriculum and instruction. She also spent nine years as the instructional specialist in the alternative teacher certification department.
Dr. Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Texas A&M. She has also earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and doctorate in education from the University of Houston.
Peel, an assistant principal at Dobie, has been named dean of instruction of the school’s ECHS. Peel has dedicated 16 years to educating students, spending the majority of that time at Pasadena ISD.
He began as a history teacher at Dobie in 2000, then Deer Park High School in 2007. He returned to Dobie to teach history in 2009. He was promoted to assistant principal at Miller Intermediate in 2011 and rejoined the Dobie Longhorns as an assistant principal in 2015.
Peel earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Angelo State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University.
These four educators will take on this new and exciting role next spring to prepare and welcome their campus’ first class of ECHS students in fall 2017.