KIPP Texas - Houston

KIPP Zenith Academy

Grades Served
Grades Served 2022-23 SY PK3-4
Founded 2009
Teachers 50
Students 864

Located in the heart of the vibrant Sunnyside community, ZENITH makes up one-third of KIPP Houston’s Sunnyside campus. At KIPP ZENITH, we believe that all our students can live by our ZENITH values for success in school and beyond — zest, endurance, new ideas, integrity, teamwork and humanity. KIPP ZENITH is a school where a passionate and genuine staff provides a college-preparatory experience that empowers students with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to go to and through college. Our shared goal at KIPP ZENITH Academy is to create classrooms that are invigorating and inspiring environments for our students; places where students are empowered to advocate for their own learning and come to know themselves as masters of various crafts. Creating a culture where excellence in academics and character is the norm, not the exception; we will aim to support students in growing to love the process of learning itself by making it their own.

Cassandra Cotman

Cassandra Cotman

School Leader

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference. It is never about the role, always about the goal.” –unknown

Cassandra Cotman is originally from Detroit, Michigan, where she taught for 13 years in the Detroit Public School System. Ms. Cotman received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Detroit - Mercy. Mrs. Cotman has completed post-graduate hours as a Reading Specialist and a Principal Certification Program as well. Ms. Cotman relocated to Houston and joined KIPP ZENITH Academy as a founding first-grade teacher and grade-level chairperson. She has served the KIPP ZENITH team and family as the RTI interventionist, testing coordinator, fourth grade teacher-leader for KIPP Houston Public Schools and Dean of English Language Arts. It is with great aspirations and humility that Ms. Cotman continues as the school leader of KIPP ZENITH Academy. She is a wife and mother of three. Ms. Cotman loves spending quality time with her family and friends, and she enjoys reading, dancing, cooking, roller-skating and listening to live music.

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