Brandon Watts M.Ed., originally from Pasadena, CA is the founder and chairperson of Develop University, which was organized as a public charity in the area of youth mentorship/ character development in May 2015. Brandon has been working in education for the last 10 years in various Texas Independent School Districts such as Irving ISD, Lewisville ISD , Cedar Hill ISD and the most recent Plano ISD. Brandon currently holds the title of Social Emotional Teacher Leader for an area elementary school in Plano ISD and also works as a community outreach partner for the equal opportunity schools initiative for Plano ISD. Brandon is a proud member/volunteer at the Covenant Church Carrollton campus, has been a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity since 2004, he is also a current member of the Plano Area Alliance of Black School Educators, Plano Community Forum and Collin County NAACP.
Brandon Watts earned his Bachelors of Applied Arts and Science from the University of North Texas in June of 2006 and earned his Master’s in Education Administration from Texas Woman’s University in May 2012. During his years while earning his bachelors Brandon was a part of a work study program that served at area Denton ISD schools which peaked his interest into education. So upon graduation from UNT Brandon enrolled in the Region 10 Alternative Certification Program to become a licensed Texas Teacher in July of 2007.
Scottie Smith, II
Scottie Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is the founder of Scottie Smith II & Associates, one of DFW’s fastest growing residential real estate firms. Scottie has been appointed to the Texas Association of Realtors’ Young Professionals Network, Government Affairs Committee, and Political Action Committee. He has also been recognized by the City of Denton for helping residents find affordable housing. In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Smith dedicates his time to several community organizations such as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Incorporated. He also serves as an advocate for seniors in the greater Dallas area through his involvement with the Pegasus Professional Society and rallies to increase financial literacy as the Chair of the Economic Empowerment Committee for the Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals.
Scottie Smith earned a Bachelors of Business Administration with a Finance/Real Estate concentration from the University of North Texas. While attending the University of North Texas, Mr. Smith completed his first real estate transaction at the age of 19. He later received a Master’s of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Alexis Pratt is a dedicated and charismatic leader committed to motivating people to reach their highest selves. Her altruistic spirit and passion for the betterment of her community has led her to become involved non-profit organizations such as Plano Community Form and Develop University. She currently serves as a board member and treasurer for Develop University. She is a firm believer in, “To whom much is give, Much is required;” therefore she makes it her duty to sow seeds of positivity into those around her.
A Texas native, Alexis obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University (May 2010) and later earned her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Walden University (April 2014). In her spare time, Alexis enjoys traveling, spending quality time with friends and family, reading and appreciating the beauty of an evening sunset.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Raquel fell in love with working and supporting nonprofits when she was a teenager. Working with her church children’s group allowed her to understand the importance of giving time and attention to others while helping them build character and confidence within themselves. Inspired by her work with the Big Brother Big Sister program, Raquel quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work focusing on the growth and development of youth. She supports community projects and dedicates her time to several community organizations such as Little Miss Princess and Order of Eastern Star. Raquel is a passionate advocate for young men and women helping them live out their full potential. She is a believer that dreams can come true and wants to play a role in helping someone achieve it all. Raquel believes that everyone has a story to tell, and the life we live is our way of telling that story. You can usually find Raquel painting, participating in Zumba or African Belly Dance.
Raquel has an A.A.S in Business Management, and an Accounting Certification from Tarrant County College. She is a licensed Certified Pharmacy Technician and is currently enrolled at Dallas Baptist University where she is pursuing her Psychology/Counseling degree.
Her favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou