Head of SOAR Program – B. Kelly McDowell
Graduate of Princeton University. B.A. in Latin American History. Letterman in Varsity Basketball. Extensive teaching and tutoring experience. Teacher of the Year, Burnet (HISD). Three years of international teaching experience (Managua, Nicaragua). Fluent in Spanish. High School Varsity and Middle School basketball coach. Interests include all things sports, guitar and music, Latin Ballroom dancing, meteorology, yoga, outdoors, traveling, and Zen. Tutor of SOAR school readiness program, academic math, reading, and writing, and the ISEE, HSPT, ERB, and SSAT.
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University. Texas Certified teacher, grades 1-6, with 10 years teaching experience in grades 5 and 6. Subjects taught include math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies. Neuhaus certified in Reading Readiness. Mission work in Mexico and Nicaragua. Currently mentors women at local church. Interests include theology, psychology, travel, and design. Tutor of ISEE, SOAR School Readiness Program, academic subjects through 6th grade, and Houston ISD Vanguard including Woodcock- Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities, Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability, CogAT, and Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
Cum laude graduate with a B.S. in Communications from University of Texas in Austin. Elementary Teaching Certificate from Houston Baptist University with a 4.0 grade point average. Texas certified teacher in grades 1st-8. Trained in Neuhaus Reading Readiness program and Handwriting Without Tears. Eighteen years of teaching pre-kindergarten through third grade and tutoring preschool through ninth grade. Significant experience with a variety of special needs students, i.e. mild autism, Tourette’s syndrome, dyslexia, reading and math intervention as well as gifted and talented students. Interests include exercising, reading, getting together with friends, traveling, and visiting my children. Tutor of ISEE, SOAR School Readiness program, Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability, CogAT, Iowa Basic Skills, Woodcock Johnson, academic subjects through 6th grade, study skills, and test taking skills.