ABOUT THE TEAM
Rufus Lott III
Mr. Rufus Lott III is the founder of Lott Educational Consulting and lead consultant specializing in the area of Restorative Practices in schools. Most recently Mr. Lott served the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, TX as the Assistant Principal of Edward H. White Middle School.
Mr. Lott played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of restorative practices as an alternative method for managing student behavior. This innovative, whole-school approach was the first of its kind in the state of Texas and has been considered the blueprint that many campuses across the state of Texas are following. Mr. Lott has 12 years of experience in elementary and middle school as a classroom practitioner and administrator.
As a former administrator, Mr. Lott’s passion is rooted in social justice and working with educators to better serve diverse student populations. His focus is on teaching real-life, applicable strategies that are essential for educators to utilize when working with both students and teachers.
Today, he teaches restorative practices to teachers and administrators as an alternative method to exclusion, and as a means to build positive relationships and strong communities through dialogue.
Educator and family man, Keedren Boson married his beautiful high school sweetheart Keturah Boston and together they raise four wonderful children: Aaron, Symphoni, Zion, and Zoë. Keedren loves and highly values spending time with his family and understands how important it is to stay engaged and connected with them.
Over the last several years Mr. Boston has served as an ISS/ DAEP director and full-time substitute teacher for North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. Where he partnered with teachers and administrators in managing and addressing a wide range of student behavioral and socio-emotional issues at the secondary level. Mr. Boston brings experience in classroom management and on-campus intervention. He’s traveled nationwide and internationally to speak to youth, young adults, educators, community, and church leaders about the importance of building meaningful relationships in order to make a lasting and transformative impact.
Mr. Boston’s desire and goal is to inspire, empower, and motivate students and educators to be successful.
Dr. Cristina Rodríguez Chen
Dr. Cristina Rodríguez Chen, is a bilingual (native Spanish speaker) professional educator, with
over 22 years of leadership experience in the areas of Bilingual/ESL, General Education, Gifted and Talented, Special Education diagnostics, programming, and support services.
Dr. Rodríguez Chen received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Her areas
of concentration were in Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Educational Leadership. Her dissertation topic focused on Culturally Competent Evaluations for Special Education. She has served as a special education administrator for over 15 years, including coordinator Director of Special Programs.
Dr. Rodríguez Chen has presented at state and national conferences on varied topics related to students with disabilities and cultural diversity. She has been invited to present at Vanderbilt University and Washington State University. She holds certifications in the following areas: Superintendent of Schools, Principal, Special Education K-12, Classroom Teacher Generalist EC-4, Classroom Bilingual Generalist EC-4, Classroom Educational Diagnostician PK-12, Generic Special Education PK-12, and 30 Hour Training for Gifted and Talented. She is certified as a Texas Registered Professional Educational Diagnostician and Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Educational Psychology from the University of North Texas in April 2015.
Dr. Rodríguez Chen was recently a recipient of the Legacy Wall Honor Award by Thomas A. Edison Elementary in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rodríguez Chen serves as an adjunct professional for the College of Education’s Educational Leadership department at the University of North Texas in Denton. She creates Masters level coursework and teaches for Dallas Baptist University’s College of Education, Special Education Department and was recently invited to apply at Stephen F. Austin as an Adjunct Professor for the Educational Diagnostician program.