HOUSTON, March 26, 2018 – The Houston A+ Challenge Board of Trustees has named Tom Monaghan its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2018. Monaghan replaces outgoing Executive Director Dr. Scott A. Van Beck, who announced his resignation last year. Monaghan has served as A+’s Director of School Performance the last eight years.

“We are fortunate to name someone with such public school leadership and coaching experience as Tom Monaghan,” said Susan Bischoff, Chair of the Houston A+ Challenge Board of Trustees. “The fact that Tom has worked here at A+ over the past eight years will only make the transition from Scott to Tom that much easier,” Bischoff said.

Over the past several years, Tom has led a five- member A+ team of mathematic and literacy coaches in fee for service work across 12 districts and 50 schools. Monaghan’s primary focus has been coaching, consulting and professional development with school-based leadership, mathematics, and literacy teams. Monaghan plans to continue his school-based work after he assumes the A+ Executive Director position.

Before coming to Houston A+ in 2010, Tom served as an Executive Principal for the Houston Independent School District from 2005 to 2010. Before that, Mr. Monaghan was Principal of Lanier Middle School from 1998 to 2005, where he focused on providing an excellent educational experience for his students and an equitable opportunity for high levels of learning for all. Monaghan worked 28 years in HISD before coming to Houston A+ Challenge.

Monaghan remarked “I am really excited to continue the work we have started here at Houston A+ Challenge. When I was in HISD, my teachers, administrators and I were big champions of A+ Challenge’s work to improve Houston’s public schools. Now, as A+’s leader, I see big improvement for schools as A+ continues its work to strengthen leadership and best practice inside classrooms and throughout school
campuses.”

Houston A+ Challenge has served Houston’s public schools for over 20 years. A+ works to strengthen school leadership and classroom practice and to convene Houstonians to discuss various public education topics.

For more information, contact Imelda Cardoza at icardoza@houstonaplus.org or call 832-519-9590.

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