Thomas “TJ” Cotter is an Assistant Principal for the largest comprehensive middle school in the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas. TJ not only helps lead a comprehensive district wide accountability and reorganization plan for school improvement efforts, but also is responsible for ensuring academic growth and success for more than 1,200 students and 150 staff. He is committed to ensuring that every student is engaged and achieves in their academics by providing support to both the students and teachers through innovative support systems.
TJ believes that success in education is achieved by providing every student with highly effective teachers. As such TJ is not only committed to helping train students, but also helping to train teacher in order to construct a more expansive and successful learning environment. He has training in developing twenty-first century college and career readiness through rigor, instruction, supporting standards, assessments, and curriculum. Student scholars are not only prepared for college and career readiness in alignment with effective best practices and a supportive learning environment in order to ensure student scholar growth and success.
In addition to his role as Assistant Principal, TJ has served as an Instructional Specialist, Summer School Coordinator, Campus Induction Coach, Mentor, Department Chair, and Teacher in the Houston Independent School District. TJ earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at Texas Southern University in 2009. He most recently completed the Strategic Marketing Management for School Leaders, Executive Education Program at Rice University. He is currently seeking his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Prairie View A&M University.
TJ is a native of Houston, Texas where he enjoys traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants and attending church at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.