Program Manager by day, dragon slayer by night. However, since there seems to be a shortage of dragons, Yvonne spends most of her time fighting for social justice and equity within the educational system. 15 years of teaching in the classroom and directing school programs has spurred in her a “bring it on” – “let's make a way” attitude. Her experiences have allowed her to work with intentionality to empowered underserved students to matriculate and persist “to and through” college.
On the daily, Yvonne works to enhance collaborative efforts, scale college persistence strategic plans, and bring together a network of super humans focused on student success. When she’s not tearing down barriers to college completion, she enjoys spending time with her four kids, watching crime genre shows, and engaging in conversation with her hubby.
Danielle Callendar joined UFCS in 2016 as the Data Specialist, where she manages data collection and analysis. She is committed to helping our districts tackle the problem of college persistence strategically and informed by research. Before joining UFCS, Danielle’s passion for educational equality and research motivated her to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology at UCLA. There she discovered her love of demography, social stratification research, and hiking. When she is not playing with SQL and Tableau, you can find her reading or flying through the air as an aerial silks artist.
MANAGING DIRECTOTR. Before joining KIPP, Sonya was involved in the design and implementation of educator professional development and student enrichment programs in college readiness at Rice University, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College.
Her efforts also included directing Generation College, a student organization for first generation college students at Rice. As a former first generation student, she has a B.A. from Texas A & M University and has an M.A. from the University of Houston. Sonya has formerly worked as a high school teacher in the Houston Independent School District and as a student recruiter at Houston Community College.