We had the good fortune of connecting with Monea Beene and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monea, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
First, I must say that I grew up in an environment filled with hard workers. That is what I know and what I desire to be. Further, I am intrinsically motivated. I thrive off the growth, strides, and successes I accomplish from the goals that I set for myself.
It is important to set realistic goals for oneself and self-reflect often (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) on progression. Being critical of where I am and where I desire to be and equipping myself with the knowledge and tools to succeed is what has and will continue to fuel my success. I am the definition of a life-long learner. If I do not know, I educate myself or seek the knowledge. I ask questions. I study hard; I study long.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Monea Beene currently serves as an Assistant Principal full-time and is an Educational Consultant and Public speaker part-time. Monea is an innovative, forward-thinking leader with a relentless drive to achieve the vision of any organization that supports education and instruction, advancing minority and underserved learners, and supporting the efforts to increase student achievement and organizational culture.
Her inspiration and drive stem from the growth and development of other local educational leaders and the students who are directly impacted. Specifically, the hardworking, influential women she has been privileged to serve alongside or learn from, who have paved the way to institute and implement the much-needed change the educational system needs, have been monumental in the growth of her educational craft. Those mentors, coupled with her tenacity to grow and glow, have supported and yielded in her successes.
Monea’s goal was to become an educator at a young age, and she is living out that goal fervently to the highest degree. From learner to teacher to leader, Monea continues to embody the role of learner and teacher as she leads alongside staff, students, parents, and various community members.
As a successfully rising young professional, she is fueled by her passion to “do right by kids.” Her grit and stern desire to do more and achieve more has aided in her professional rise. Just short of ten years in the educational field, Monea has served in many leadership roles supporting students’ academic development and professional staff and leaders. Through hard work and dedication, Monea has made it where she is today. Monea truly believes in studying hard, working hard, and surrounding herself with other like-minded individuals who are successful leaders or who, too, desire to rise. Despite her successes, her climb as a young professional has not always been easy. She has dealt with her share of adversity. As a younger than most leader shaping the minds of young and adult learners, her capabilities, knowledge, and skill-set were often question. Even still, time after time, she has proven herself equipped for the job and task at hand, exuding the phrase “age is but a number.”
From these experiences, she has learned to always present herself professionally by way of speech, dress, and composure and not allow anyone to negate the talents and knowledge she brings forth to the field of education. Her positions and experiences are because of what she knows and the work she does. Her advice to anyone younger than most in their profession or not, a novice in the profession or a veteran, it is important to own your craft and your abilities and not let others dim your light because they are not where you are, have not worked as hard as you, or are incapable. In life, concerning your dreams and ambitions, there are no ceilings. Only you can stunt or barricade your growth and ability to accomplish your desires. As an educational leader, consultant, and public speaker, her goal is to push all things education and instill value in persons, groups, and organizations. We as individuals must recognize why we set goals and work to achieve them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a food and music lover who enjoys a great happy hour. So, any chance my friends and I can enjoy live music or a concert, I am there. Likewise, my family is encompassed of wonderful cooks and bakers. When I am not at my mom’s dinner table, you can find my family, friends, and I trying out a new restaurant or a new menu item. Additionally, I stay recharged through self-care opportunities. I would not continue to thrive without trips to the salon, nail parlor, and masseuse.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am fortunate to have grown up with an amazing support system that, through the years has continued to grow, advocate for, and cheer me on. As a young student, there were impactful educators who left a lasting impression on me, whom I still communicate with this very day. Thank you to the influential educators who poured and continue to pour into me from Aldine ISD’s Drew Academy and G.W. Carver Magnet High School. I am appreciative of the support you have provided that extends beyond the four walls of the school.
I would also be remised if I did not recognize my spiritual family members who started off as friends and quickly morphed into family. Thank you for your encouragement and sound Godly advice. It is His Word that keeps me grounded and that keeps me going. I am grateful for spiritual cheerleaders who I can rely on while existing in the world.
Lastly, my family. As my parents reflect on their lives as a child to us, we (my brother and I) are reminded to keep pushing upward and onward to bigger, better, and greater.