At HSS, staff are equal to students and are members of the School Meeting (students and staff) with no more power than is granted by School Meeting. Staff are hired, elected and re-elected by School Meeting. Staff may hold Clerkships (elected by SM) which are jobs with certain powers and duties, such as Health and Safety Clerk. Most of these Clerkships could also be held by interested students who are elected by SM. Staff are invested in the school, work hard on behalf of the school, but do not “run” the school. School Meeting is the supreme authority of HSS.
Cara DeBusk is a co-founder of the school and is one of HSS's full-time staff members. She holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Houston. Cara was a teacher and Dept. Chair of the Media Arts Dept. at Episcopal High School for 16 years and has also worked in several arts organizations in Houston and as an exhibiting artist and writer. Cara retired from teaching in 2011 to unschool her younger daughter. Her interests are yoga, cooking, photography, science fiction, camping and travel.
Aryeh Grossman is a founding full-time staff member of Houston Sudbury School. He was introduced to the Sudbury model of education as a student at Fairhaven School, a Sudbury school in Maryland. As a student, he was president of the school’s assembly, school meeting chair and an active member in the community. Since graduating Fairhaven, Aryeh has pursued his love of working with children as a teacher and a camp leader. Aryeh is passionate about human rights, always looking for ways to educate himself and make a difference for good. In his spare time, he likes to make art and dabble in carpentry.
Dominique Side is a co-founder of the school, is a part-time staff member, and small business owner of multiple businesses. She has studied at various higher education institutions off an on over the past 20 years. Post-Corporate America, she has been a work-at-home-mom for 5 years. She is passionate about the industry her business serves, Advanced Reproductive Technology. Her personal interests are in music and travel.
Danae Daniels first found out about the Sudbury School model in 2009 while training in a primitive survival skills class in Ohio. When she realized in early 2016 that Houston Sudbury School was up and operational she immediately volunteered to help support the school. Danae has been an official part-time staff member of the school since 2017 and has served as our summer camp staff. She is a licensed massage therapist, a Navy veteran and is going to school at U of H for her bachelor's in sculpture. Her personal interests include food, travel, homesteading, and art.
Caron Rowes-Parks is HSS's beloved official substitute, serving the school voluntarily and frequently. She is the grandmother to three HSS students and the mother to the school's co-founder Dominique Side. Caron served as a medic and LVN instructor in the U.S. Army and was formerly a registered kinesiologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital. Caron treats every child at HSS as if they were her own grandchild, delivering love and encouragement all around.