Dr. Kendra Strange
Principal | Achievement Consultant | Literacy Specialist, Education
Dr. Kendra Strange promotes high expectations for learning communities by equipping stakeholders with instructional tools for unprecedented achievement.
Dr. Kendra Strange's Bio:
Dr. Kendra Strange has spent her career facilitating the success of at-risk students, closing performance gaps and equipping educators with instructional best practice that shatters would-be achievement gaps. Kendra ignites passion in those she leads and has high expectations all members of professional learning communities. As a servant leader, Kendra’s teachers have described her as a “principal with grit” and one who “gets in the trenches with her teachers”. Kendra’s love for students and deep belief that all students can be successful drive her success as an educational leader.
During college Kendra spent her time working with inner city children and her summers traveling to remote areas of East Africa on mission trips with her church. It was during a summer in Kenya that Kendra first began to teach young children how to read. From that moment forward she had dedicated her life to equipping young minds with the skills necessary to live better lives. After completing undergraduate work at SAGU, Dr. Kendra Strange lived and taught overseas for close to three years. While teaching children to read and write English in remote villages of The Philippines, Kendra completed a Master’s degree at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary. Kendra continued to foster her love of teaching while engaged in graduate work by teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners during her stay in South East Asia.
Texas Education Experience
This love of teaching spurred Kendra to obtain her Texas teaching certification, and she began teaching at-risk students in Fort Worth ISD. Her entire teaching career was at Bilingual, At-Risk campuses in poverty stricken urban neighborhoods. After her students demonstrated outstanding achievement on State standardized tests, Kendra was asked to join the district’s school-turn-around staff as an instructional coach for low-performing campuses. During these turn-around efforts, her team worked tirelessly to move a low-performing, inner city campus to receive a Recognized rating in one school year.
This experience of leading a struggling campus to academic success propelled Kendra to pursue her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and pursue a career in Educational Administration. Dr. Strange begin her administrative career as an assistant principal in Conroe ISD where she was at home with an at-risk, Bilingual student population. From there Dr. Strange moved into her first principalship, accepting the challenge of leading a campus that had experienced a significant drop in achievement scores. Again, Kendra relied on her background in leading teams to produce academic gains at struggling campuses and her team was successful returning the campus to outstanding achievement ratings.
After a decade at the elementary level, Dr. Kendra Strange made the move to secondary education. Taking the instructional helm of Lamar High School in Houston ISD, Dr. Strange and her team created intervention plans, schedules and curriculum that successfully moved over nearly 600 freshmen, who had not met standard on previous state assessment, to passing State English/Reading and Algebra end of course exams. During her tenure as Dean of Instruction of Lamar High School, the campus exceeded state averages in all tested subjects and earned every available distinction under the Texas accountability system. Dr. Strange also served as Lamar' High School's International Baccalaureate Head of Schools and the campus was named in the top 1% of America's most academically challenging high schools. Kendra Strange continued to work with at-risk students as a high school principal, district bilingual/ESL coordinator and district curriculum director.
In addition to her 15 years of PK-12 campus experience, Dr. Kendra Strange also provides consultation to districts with struggling campuses, specializes in intervention curriculum, advanced academics and Literacy, speaks at state and national conferences and leads professional development sessions for both administrators and teachers.
Dr. Kendra Strange's Experience:
Achievement Consultant at Texas Public SchoolsJanuary 2011 - Present | Houston, TX
Principal at WISDMay 2015 - July 2016 | Waco, TX
Director of Curriculum at WISDMay 2014 - June 2015 | Willis, TX
Bilingual/ESL Coordinator at WISDJune 2014 - June 2015 | Willis, TX
Dean of Instruction at Houston ISDMay 2012 - May 2014 | Houston, TX
Dr. Kendra Strange's Education:
Tarleton State University2006 – 2011Ed.D.Concentration: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
A.P.T.S Baugio City, Philippines1999 – 2001MA
Southwestern Assemblies of God University1995 – 1999BA
Dr. Kendra Strange's Interests & Activities:
Improving student achievement through data driven professional development and precise instruction. On a personal note, Kendra enjoys Texas farm to table and organic cuisine.