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YES Prep Public Schools

Michelle LaFlure, Founding Principal

Michelle has been passionately dedicated to the North Central Houston community for the past 18 years. She served as the YES Prep North Central principal from 2014 to 2019 and led the Trailblazer family in blazing trails of academic excellence.

Prior to becoming a principal, Michelle was a Director of Academics in which she coached and developed teachers, planned professional development for 6th - 12th grade, and led the North Central Instructional Leadership Team.

Michelle’s passion for teaching started in 2000 when she taught 3rd grade in Chicago, Illinois. Since then she has taught English, Spanish, and history in 5th - 8th grade. In addition to being bilingual, Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Calvin University, a Master’s in Education from the University of St Thomas, and was a 2001 Teach for America Corps Member. 

As a first-generation college graduate, Michelle is passionate about increasing opportunities for all students and ensuring every student has an excellent pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education.  

Michelle LaFlure plus quote about her commitment to a safe and joyful school community.

FUN FACTS

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Children’s Book: I love all children’s books, but "The Pirate’s Jamboree" by Mark Teague is my favorite because I read it all the time with my nephews.

Favorite Game: Banana Grams and Rummikub

Favorite Children’s Movie: Zootopia and Monster’s Inc

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Past Trips: Guatemala, Spain, and Israel

Interesting Facts: I have run 30 half marathons and 5 marathons, traveled to 20 different national parks, have six nieces and nephews who all live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had the pleasure of visiting 15 different countries. 

 

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Diana Rios, Founding Principal

Diana has been a teacher for 16 years, having taught in Houston, Colombia, and Guatemala. Diana also comes with experience as a grade-level chair, as well as teaching bilingual education at the elementary level and teaching adults and children in the Special Education program. 

Before joining YES, Diana taught at De Chaumes for over a decade where she most recently served as a teacher specialist and administrator. At De Chaumes, she helped develop the Gifted and Talented Ancillary program, coached novice teachers as the lead of the school's math team, and led Parenting Partners workshops to empower parents.  

Diana is always striving to improve herself and has presented at several state conferences, the latest being the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching.

Diana was born and raised in Colombia, is bilingual and has a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Antioquia in Colombia and a Master's in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. 

Diana Rios plus quote of her commitment to leading a school that promotes children's passion and love for learning.

FUN FACTS

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Children’s Book: I have two... "Good Night Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown and "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate

Favorite Game: Parques (traditional Colombian board game)

Favorite Movie: Anna and the King

Favorite Holiday: Christmas 

Favorite Vacation Spot or Place to Travel: My beautiful city of the “Eternal Spring” Medellin in Colombia. 

Interesting Fact: I am training to run a 5K race with my daughter, who is 9 years old.

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