I strongly identify with KIPP’s mission of getting students TO and THROUGH college. I believe that through hard work, a focus on academics and character, as well as strong relationships with families and students, our TRAILBLAZERS will graduate from college and become leaders of their community and our world.
Originally from Compton, California, Monique Payton came to Houston as a Founding Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP Legacy Preparatory School in 2010, where she now serves School Leader. During her time at Legacy, she has held positions as teacher, grade-level chair, dean of math and science, and lower school director. She is a Teach for America Corps alumna and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s degree in Education Policy from Stanford University.