Meet Judy Momanyi, M. Ed.
TEACH Program Manager
From working as a microbiologist in a lab to teaching biology and chemistry in a high school, Judy has been able to nurture her passion for science and education over a 14-year career that would ultimately cement her commitment to making a difference within school campuses. After earning her Master’s in education and spending seven years teaching and six years as an administrator, Judy joined TEACH in June 2022 with the hopes of impacting education in a new way, one teacher and one classroom at a time.
An ardent believer in the power of nonverbal communication and compassion in strengthening classroom culture, Judy is excited to leverage her experiences to support educators in the Houston community. Much like one of her most memorable teachers and her mom, a fellow educator, Judy hopes to make a lasting impact in students’ lives. On her time off, her seven-year-old son, Cameron, keeps her busy with football games, swimming matches and Marvel movie premieres.
TEACH: What do you love most about working in education?
JM: I love it when kids realize that they’re special, important and capable. Learning is fun, but as educators what we’re ultimately charged with is the task of teaching the whole child. To help them internalize that they can do whatever they dream of is very rewarding.
TEACH: Is there a particular moment during your time at TEACH that stands out?
JM: From my very first meeting with all of the Program Managers, I was so touched by everyone’s passion. Everyone here has the same sentiment about what our duties are, about what it means to be an educator and to support our campuses. We’re all equally driven and passionate about supporting teachers and helping them be the type of teachers every student needs to be academically and emotionally successful.
TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
JM: My fifth-grade teacher, Ms. Gordon, wasn’t the most outwardly nice or warm person, but she saw every student individually and that was really impactful in creating a sense of belonging in her classroom. She acknowledged us. She took the time, care and thought to get to know us and speak to us as individuals. She played a role in fostering our individuality and helping build our confidence.
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