With a life-long professional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Angela is deeply passionate about the work and the future of WITS. She comes to WITS from alumni development at Teach for America, and from two decades as a teacher and school leader in both public and independent schools in the Houston area. Angela directed the team that launched St. Francis Episcopal’s Upper School and previously chaired the English department at St. John’s School. She taught English in Cy-Fair ISD and launched her teaching career as a TFA Corps Member in HISD. Before committing herself to education, Angela danced with Alvin Ailey American II Dance Theater and worked in television in New York City. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Columbia University.
Jack designs creative writing school programs, collaborations with community organizations, and teaching opportunities for creative writers. He is responsible for the organization’s operations, creating and developing relationships with schools, museums, hospitals, and other organizations, internal staff management and communication, writer and staff recruiting, staff training, and managing writers in teaching placements. Jack serves as the WITS representative for many community partnerships and collective impact initiatives, including Arts Connect. One of his true joys at WITS is leading the WITS summer writing camp programs, where students from all areas of the Houston community come together to experience the power of art and writing. Jack has a B.A. in art history and Spanish from Trinity University and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
After 37 years in public education, Tina Angelo joined WITS in 2012 to serve as Education Director where she provides professional development to teachers at both campus and district levels. Before joining WITS, Tina taught English in several Houston-area districts and served in the Houston Independent School District as both Manager of Adolescent Literacy and Manager of Response to Intervention. She earned her B.A. in history and English from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.Ed. from the University of Houston.
2017 Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Artist in Resident and 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Idea Fund Recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean, is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer and educator.
Raie Crawford is a Wiley College Alumna from Houston, Texas. As a two-time Houston VIP Slam Champion and 2017-2018 Houston Performance Poet of the Year. Raie is ranked within the top 20 among the Women of the World Poetry Slam and top 25 within the rankings of the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2018 she released her first book “In Between |Space|” which captures the journey and movement of black bodies in today’s society. With the firm understanding of the impact communication has on minority communities, Raie created A Conversation for Colored Girls (AC4CG), an organization dedicated to creating a space for minority women to come together and discuss the systemic issues in their communities. This organization has cultivated impactful community conversations at several HBCUs and aims to further reach every HBCU in the US.
Sonia Hamer works with WITS as the UH CWP Program Associate. In addition, she serves as Gulf Coast Magazine’s Online Nonfiction Editor. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s True Story, The Houston Flood Atlas, Archipelago, and elsewhere.