Executive Team

Led by our Executive Director, Scott Van Beck, our team of directors oversees the work of Houston A+ Challenge and provides executive coaching to school and district leaders across Greater Houston.

Dr. Scott Van Beck

Executive Director
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Paul Castro

Director of School Performance
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Tom Monaghan

Director of School Performance
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Katherine Smith

Director of Development
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Coaching Team 

A+ Performance Coaches work on campus in middle schools, partnering with teachers and school leaders to build capacity for excellent classroom instruction and student learning in mathematics and literacy. Post-Secondary Success Coaches also work with high schools and community colleges to strengthen college transitions and completion. A+ UP Learning Coaches guide students at our two A+UP sites in personalized learning.

Literacy Coaches

Jennifer Fowler

Performance Coach - Literacy
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Erica Milson

Performance Coach - Literacy
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Numeracy Coaches

Torrey Conerly

Performance Coach – Numeracy
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James Dirden

Performance Coach - Numeracy
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Jen Mascheck

Performance Coach - Numeracy
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A+ Unlimited Potential

Cicely Benoit

Learning Coach - A+UP
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Aditi Rao

Learning Coach - A+UP
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Lynita Buckmire

Manager, Business Operations & Scholar Affairs
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Home Team 

Our administrative staff provides professional and courteous support to all A+ team members in the field, as well as to visitors and callers to the office.

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Tania Arzola

Operations Specialist
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Imelda Cardoza

Office Manager
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Donna O'Neil

Assistant to the Executive Director/Business Manager
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