Houston Independent School District – closing the achievement gap & mentorship Houston, Texas
Ohio native and graduate of Hampton University, Steven Chambers, is an educator, minister, and community leader who pulls from his experiences as classroom teacher, associate pastor, college access counselor, school district administrator, and youth mentor to inform his approach in the educational sphere. At the heart of his work is a deep desire to ensure every student and their families have exposure and access to the tools necessary to compete in a society propped up on the marginalization of socially oppressed communities. This passion was realized as he served as youth pastor at a church in one of Nashville, Tennessee’s most underserved neighborhoods while simultaneously completing a Master of Divinity at one of the nation’s most resourced institutions (Vanderbilt University). Observing this drastic contrast, rooted in themes of access and privilege, inspired Steven to move to Houston, Texas as a 2008 Corps member of Teach for America. Over the past decade, Steven has served the Houston community as a Title I elementary school teacher, associate pastor of Houston’s second largest urban Methodist church, school district administrator, college readiness counselor, Texas State Board of Education political candidate, and co-founder of the cutting-edge mentor program, The Kings Compass; a year-long education & culture program for African American teenage males culminating in annual international travel seminars. A brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Steven is on a mission to empower students, parents, and communities with the agency to advocate for educational equity. He is currently completing his first-year as a doctoral student in Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program.