Academic Support Services Leadership Team
Senior Director of School-Based Therapy Services
Carie Crabb is the senior director of School-Based Therapy Services at HCDE. She graduated from Houston Community College and later obtained her master’s degree in physical therapy from Texas Women’s University. Before being named senior director, Crabb served as a therapist with HCDE at various school districts in Harris County. Her achievements include serving on the advisory board for the Houston Community College and Wharton County Junior College Physical Therapy Assistant programs and being a guest lecturer at the Texas Women’s University doctoral program for physical therapy.
Venetia L. Peacock
Senior Director of Head Start
Venetia L. Peacock is the senior director of Head Start at HCDE. Venetia holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Houston and a master's degree in business from LeTourneau University. Before joining HCDE in 2000, she worked as Early Childhood Quality Initiative Coordinator at Initiative for Children, Inc. Peacock's achievements include a UCLA Head Start Management Fellowship. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Head Start Association Board and the University of Houston Athletic Alliance Board.
Senior Director of Schools Division
Anthony Mays is the senior director of the schools division at HCDE. He is a 15-year education leader and holds a bachelor's degree from Huston-Tillotson College, a master's degree from Texas State University and is currently earning his doctorate degree from Tarleton State University. Before joining HCDE, Mays served as a principal at Emmett J. Conrad High School in the Dallas Independent School District. Mays is a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Principal of AB Schools East
Keith Oliphant is the principal of AB School East at HCDE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Prairie View A&M. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Oliphant has taught in Alief, Fort Bend and Houston independent school districts. He most recently served as the assistant principal at AB School West. He is an active member of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and The American Red Cross.
Principal of AB School West
Victor Keys is the principal of AB School West at HCDE. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in counseling and a doctorate in education administration from Texas Southern University. Before joining HCDE in 2007, he worked as interim principal at Booker T. Washington High School. Keys was featured on CNN as an education expert as he shared his views on dropout prevention. His professional affiliations include the Texas Association for Alternative Education and the Council of Administrators of Special Education.
Principal of Highpoint School East
Marion Cooksey is the principal of Highpoint School East at HCDE. Cooksey holds a master's degree in educational administration from Texas Southern University and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Texas Southern. Before joining HCDE in 2006, he worked as assistant principal at North Forest ISD. Cooksey's professional affiliations include Texas Association for Alternative Education and Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
Principal of Fortis Academy
Anthony Moten is the principal of Fortis Academy at HCDE. He holds an undergraduate degree from Langston University, a master’s degree in education administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a doctorate degree from Lamar University. Before joining HCDE in 2017, he was the longtime leader and principal at West Orange Middle School in West Orange Independent School District. Moten helped transform the school that was failing to meet state standards. Under his leadership, West Orange earned eight Texas Education Agency distinctions.