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The Legacy Of

Maria Kenworthy Magee

The Kenworthy School is the legacy of Maria Kenworthy Magee, Jean Hassen’s great grandmother, and Charlotte MacVane’s great, great grandmother. Maria was a teacher who started the first school and first church in Rock Island, Illinois. When Maria married, Professor James Francis Magee, her teaching career ended. Married women could not be teachers.


We are The Kenworthy School

The Kenworthy School is an independent private school, locally owned by Charlotte MacVane and Jean Hassen, built on the knowledge and success from doing this well in the past, and guided by commitment to transparency, parent partnerships and excellence in education and care of young children.

Ms Jean Hassen

Jean Hassen’s pedagogical foundation, her extensive experience as a teacher, her years of school leadership in a variety of educational settings, her DNA, and her knowledge combined with strong educational knowledge and an enduring commitment to what is good and best for young children informs decisions for operation, staffing and development of the school.

Ms Charlotte MacVane

Charlotte is a working (attorney) mom of three young children. When searching for childcare, she longed for a preschool that would provide an educational environment as inspiring and impressive as those she had seen Jean Hassen create before. She also wanted a school where her experience as a busy parent was a central consideration in the structure, opportunities, and services provided. Charlotte understands that a high quality preschool must be attuned to the needs and the voices of parents. Charlotte is the guardian of school guidelines with commitment to decisions supportive rather than restrictive to families, including considerations for limiting school closures to support Kenworthy family needs.

The founders and decision makers at The Kenworthy School represent the interest and needs of two career families in the greater Heights and bring extensive educational pedagogy, expertise and experience to the school family.

The Admin Team

Director Kietta Maye and Assistant Director Jessica Miles partner with, Kenworthy
Kids, parents, faculty and staff with kindness and kind support.

Kietta Maye, Director

Kietta MayeKietta Maye, Co-Director, brings experience, helpful decision making and positive intent to The Kenworthy School. Her capable leadership began when she stepped into an assistant director position allowing her to gain full understanding of The Kenworthy School culture of a high quality private education. A combination of education and experience equips Kietta with the necessary compassion and skills of managing this magnificent school. Kietta, a North Carolina native, studied Human Development and Family Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and spent some years as a classroom teacher. She currently holds the Texas Director’s Credential, First Aid, CPR and all credentials required for the position.

Jessica Miles, Assistant Director

Jessica MilesJessica Miles, Assistant Director, and a Kenworthy charter member since 2017, brings her experience and talents to the leadership team as she shepherds Conscious Discipline and Social Emotional Learning. Jessica has shown her kind spirit around our school and into our families lives being helpful, understanding, accommodating and setting real life expectations and goals. Jessica, a Houston native, brings over 10 years of experience as well as an educational background full of various training and credentials.

Jamyra Johnson

Jamyra JohnsonJamyra Johnson, Administrative Assistant is a Louisiana native who has made Houston her home away from home. She brings experience and talents in communication, problem solving and a kind spirit with a love of all children. She is CPR certified and excited to continue to learn and grow with our Kenworthy family.

Paloma Perez

Paloma PerezPaloma Perez, Administrative Assistant brings a friendly and helpful smile to the Kenworthy Family. With childcare and administrative assistance experience, Paloma has been able to assist and step in wherever the school may need her. She is CPR certified and is looking forward to continuing her education in childcare.

The PDAT Team: Coordinators & Coaches

The Professional Development Action Team includes selected faculty members whose tenure, high quality pedagogy, consistent exemplary delivery of curriculum, and positive mentoring of colleagues secures the culture of high quality education and care at The Kenworthy School. All Day. Every Day.

The PDAT COORDINATORS are select faculty members who are extensions of the ADMIN team and mentors to the PDAT Coaches. Their continued work with Kenworthy Kids and curriculum assures quality and connection, while at the same time bringing support to both the Admin team and PDAT Coaches.

PDAT Coordinators

Maureen O’Neill Taylor

Maureen O’Neill Taylor


Ursula Golden

Ursula Golden


PDAT Coaches

OJ Roper

OJ Roper

PreK 2

Chelsey Massenburg

Chelsey Massenburg

Beginner 1

 Tandrianeka Davis

Tandrianeka Davis

PreK 3


Classroom Leadership at Kenworthy

Faculty & Staff

The Kenworthy School chooses the best and most experienced educators available. As a school we recognize that professional development is essential to a high quality school, and we choose to invest significant resources in the professional development of the faculty and staff.

The faculty is guided by the research based and intentional curriculum including the integrated social emotional development component. Skills gaps are avoided because the curriculum is spiraling and scaffolding and lessons are supported with abundant resources that accompany the curriculum.

Faculty and staff benefit from ongoing training during their Kenworthy tenure in order to match the expectations of the unique program and to deliver high quality education and care.

The Kenworthy School tops the market in compensation for faculty and staff including competitive pay, 60% health care coverage with vision and dental, a paid life insurance policy, generous paid leave, costs of all state required training, school uniforms, bus card, professional development costs, a Christmas gift (bonus), as well as a generous annual performance bonus. The Kenworthy School shares the cost of additional university coursework related to teaching with faculty member who choose to pursue additional education.

Parents of Kenworthy – The POK

An active, positive, and supportive parent service group is a time-tested and essential component of a successful school! Children thrive when parents invest time and energy communicating that they believe preschool is important! Kenworthy parents are invited to participate with the POK as a meaningful way to partner in the education and care of their child(ren) at The Kenworthy School.

The POK (Parents of Kenworthy) is a grass roots organization born and nurtured in 2018 by a several parents who believed parent participation and leadership could help strengthen The Kenworthy School family while at the same time providing fun school community activities to build good memories and strong connections. The several activities and events hosted by these helpful families and added to the school calendar provided seasonal fun and helped build and connect The Kenworthy School Family with child centered events.

Another favorite sponsorship the POK excels with is the indulgence and appreciation of The Kenworthy School faculty, staff and administration though several designated promotions. Recognition and appreciation builds connection and supports Kenworthy’s effort to retain high quality educators.

We Our POK

Parents of Kenworthy School

The knowledge that parents who invest in high quality private education care greatly that the opportunities and experiences are the best available secures the partnership between school and parents as they recognize that through positive investment in the school family, best experiences for children increase.

The Parents of Kenworthy support the programs and learning experiences of Kenworthy Kids in a variety of important ways. The POK plans, schedules and presents opportunities for family participation in their child’s education experiences. Parents interested in supporting The Kenworthy School through active participation with the POK help suggest guidelines, share creative ideas, participate in Teacher Appreciations, support classroom projects and school events as room parents, may elect offices, create a calendar of events, design and implement projects, activities and events. POK participants through a meaningful partnership with The Kenworthy School help strengthen the school family and enhance the quality of each
child’s educational journey.

POK events are announced (post Covid) via the entry chalkboard, in Worthy Words, Kenworthy’s newsletter, emails through Engage, and on gate and door banners! The POK invites each parent to connect, participate and share time, talents and treasures toward positive experiences for children with the positive and productive investment of parents, The Kenworthy School experience continues to be the very best available to children.

Kenworthy Stays In Touch!


Worthy Words Is the monthly school newsletter that includes calendar reminders, announcements, celebrations, and photographs. The newsletter is distributed via Kid Report and is available in paper copy at school.

Worthy Ways

Worthy Ways Documents Kenworthy School guidelines and requirements for membership in the school family. A copy is available at “Parent Portal”. A signed affirmation of agreement to honor and comply with the contents is required before a child can attend The Kenworthy School


Engage Is a communication App that documents a child’s daily experiences at The Kenworthy School and provides a private network for communication between parent and The Kenworthy School. All official communication from the school comes through Engage rather than class level email lists or Text Threads. Parents can trust information received through Engage as being accurate and transparent.


Student Assessment Student progress is reported in scheduled and as requested conferences, progress reports and report cards. Results of Student Assessment of progress included in the Reading and Math curriculum keep parents involved of child’s progress in the elementary and in the preschool with developmental checklists track milestones, skills development and Social Emotional Learning growth.


Watch Me Grow… Is a closed network of school cameras allowing parents to view their child’s daily experiences in the classroom. Security cameras surround the exterior of the school as an added level of safety

Kenworthy School Uniforms!

The benefits and advantages of school uniforms have long been established and advocated. Right here in our Kenworthy School family we enjoy the several benefits of school uniforms last year when Kenworthy Kindergarten students wore uniforms daily!

Informed by that success and with attention to the benefits of,  and in response to parent suggestions, The Kenworthy School  expands to include an optional school uniform program for PreK 2, PreK 3, and PreK 4.

Students in Primary and PreK who choose to wear The Kenworthy School Uniform are required to wear the shirt and pants, shorts, skorts, etc. components as a uniform.

The Kenworthy School strongly recommends Kenworthy School uniforms for PreK4.

The Kenworthy School requires Kenworthy School Uniform for elementary students beginning in Kindergarten.

Spirit Wear

We celebrate our school family every Friday and on special curriculum-avatar--02 event days by wearing a school Tee shirt. Faculty, staff and Kenworthy Kids unite in support of our school family and “Mighty, Mighty Kenworthy” by wearing a school tee shirt every Friday.


The Kenworthy School Logo over the heart is a required part of the school uniform and adds it to all shirts, dresses, and outer wear.

Official Kenworthy School Uniforms are available at or click here.

Kenworthy School Preferred School Number is 900192980 Required uniform components and discretionary components are indicated on line

Color Selections by Level



Pre K2


Pre K3


Pre K4


K & Elem