Meet our Staff

Dr. Marthea Raney

Dr. Raney has more than 30 years of experience in education. She served as a Principal for Houston Independent School District prior to her retirement in 2014. Her doctorate in Educational Leadership caps off a learning career that includes an M.A. in Mid-Management Administration. Dr. Raney is a teacher leader who focused on instructional excellence among all faculty.

Cheryl Lawson

Cheryl Lawson is the daughter of Founders Rev. Bill and Audrey Lawson. After writing the Academy charter and expanding the Academy to serve both girls and boys, she became the district Superintendent in 2011. Ms. Lawson is a graduate of the Rice University Executive MBA program. Her commitment to her parents’ legacy drives her – and the entire Academy team. As Superintendent, Ms. Lawson receives a salary of $68,500 per year.

Larry Wilson


Thierno Sow


Annette Simmons

Business Manager

Andreau Berry


Adrian Berry

STEAM Technology

Kathryn McCoy

Music Theory

Regina Taiwo

PEIMS Coordinator

Johanné Sorrells

English/Literature/READ 180

Rivera Jones

Physical Education

Kelton Penson

Music Theory

Gale Stewart


LaQuesha Bell


Jones Mays

District Technologist