Program Advisor: Leah McAlister-Shields
Hello Fellow Cougars! I am Ms. Shields and I serve as Academic Program Manager for the teachHOUSTON Program. I have advised students in the teachHOUSTON Program since Fall 2008, and dare I say that this has been the most rewarding experience of my career! Like you, I am a student (pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Sam Houston State University), so I understand the demands of juggling responsibilities like school and work- for many students this is challenging. The tHSS will help you to bridge this gap. It provides wonderful opportunities to participate in scholastic, professional, and social activities. tHSS is more than an organization for students, it is a learning community focused on involving students in interesting and important work that help to grow your skills as a teacher while helping to improve our community…and make a difference!
I look forward to meeting and serving alongside our new members!
Good luck this academic year, and Go Coogs!
Hello, I'm Emely Recinos. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas along with my younger brother. I went to an early college high school, so I was able to graduate with an associates degree along with my high school diploma. I am currently majoring in Mathematics, and I am striving to graduate in the fall of 2018. I love to read and write during my free time, so I always have a book and a notebook with me just in case. I hope to be the kind of teacher that will impact my students' lives, even if it's just in a little way, while also hoping to be able to publish the book I've been working on for some time.
Hi my name is Dakota Doran! I'm a Junior studying Mathematics. I have a great love for dogs, mathematics, and the teachHOUSTON Program. Find me in the project office if you ever want to chat!
Position: Professional Development
Hiya! I am a Mathematics major and Biology minor following the teachHOUSTON route. I am set to graduate in 2018 with my class, but for now I am in my third year as a junior. In addition to being an officer for the society, I am also a student worker/TA for teachHOUSTON. My original goal wasn't to always be a STEM teacher. It wasn't until I took a leap of faith and enrolled in Step 1 that I finally felt as if I had found my calling. Outside of the society I enjoy reading poetry, drinking coffee, and experiencing all of the good eateries Houston has to offer. If you see me around campus please feel free to strike a conversation!
Position: Public Relations
Hello! My name is Erik Chavarrieta, and I am currently a junior whose major is mathematics. I am the social chair in the teachHouston Student Society, and I am working towards a Physics minor as well. Aside from school, I am a choir person. I am a tenor for two choirs and a director of another; apparently mathematics and music go hand in hand, and I agree. I exercise as much as I can, as well! Lastly, and primarily, I am a gamer. I love video games, but they are on hold for my classes.
Hello! My name is Lexi and I am honored to serve as your Historian for the teachHOUSTON Student Society. I am majoring in biology and am planning on student teaching in Spring of 2018. I had the opportunity to be a Noyce Intern over the summer, finding a home in the teachHOUSTON program and became a student worker the following semester. I live across the country from my family, so you will most likely find me spending my spare time with
teachHOUSTON in the project office. Go Coogs!