LaShawna Cox – Principal
Originally from Detroit, Mrs. Cox has always had a passion for education and working with children. She began her career managing a non-profit organization for children. She eventually began working in education as a teacher in 2008 and has taught students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. She has also held positions as an Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach.
Regional Director of Schools - Dr. Andre Haughton
Before joining the Academies of Math and Science in June 2022, Dr. Haughton has spent over a decade working to improve the lives of students in Texas and California through enhanced educational opportunities.
After earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2010, he began his career as a Teach For America corps member teaching 8th grade social studies in Houston, Texas. Over the next several years he continued to teach while earning a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas and dedicating his summers to training new teachers through Teach For America’s summer institute as well as veteran teachers with the Houston Independent School District. Over the next few years Dr. Haughton won the coveted Kinder Award for Excellence in Teaching in Houston (2015), became an assistant principal (2016), and earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston (2017). Since then, he has continued to train new teachers as a professor with the Relay Graduate School of Education and Houston Community College while also being a principal-in-residence in Austin, Texas and then school principal in Oakland, California.
Throughout his career, Dr. Haughton has now taught over 800 students, been a leader for over 2,500 students, and coached/supported over 500 teachers, many of whom have gone on to lead schools of their own.