Meet Steven Chambers, Senior Manager for EMERGE-HISD. Steven is a determined educator and advocate, with a propensity for empowering underserved students by increasing their access and exposure to quality post-secondary programs and colleges. He comes to us from St. John’s United Methodist Church (Houston), where he served as both youth pastor and lead associate pastor for the two-campus congregation. Prior to this post, Steven taught 4th and 5th grade in the Houston Independent School District through the Teach for America program.
Steven supports a team that works with high academic profile HISD high school students throughout all levels of the college access process, including: college visits and applications, financial aid, scholarships, and career assessments. His typical day during the school year involves gauging the position of his team, as well as what level of support is needed to ensure that each EMERGE-HISD student receives the individualized support necessary for success.
In addition to increasing access and exposure to quality post-secondary programs and colleges, I want to ensure that students find a fit that best meets their financial needs and personal interests. It is important to set short-term goals that adequately prepare students for the application process. We work toward these goals by continually supporting students, parents, and high schools, reinforcing effective testing strategies, involvement in summer college programs, writing support, leadership through extracurricular activities, improving course rigor, and maintaining classroom success.
Steven attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Divinity, and before that, Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. One of the EMERGE-HISD team’s biggest values is equity— ensuring that each student receives the amount of support they need to develop and be accepted to top-tier universities. With this in mind, Steven continually assesses and works with each member of his team, to identify student gaps and provide high-impact support.
Steven’s work impacts hundreds of EMERGE-HISD students daily, and from the effective strategies he promotes that make top-tier acceptances feasible, to the persistence and grit he inspires, Steven knows that every student is capable of achieving their goals.