Chief Innovation Officer
Deedrah Respess Harp, PhD is a licensed psychologist and is the founding Chief Innovation Officer for KIPP Houston Public Schools, supporting innovation in teaching and learning throughout the region. Prior to this role, she was the founding Director of Student Support Services, joining the KIPP Team and Family as the Director of Psychological and Social Services at KIPP NOW College Prep in 2005. A native of North Carolina, Deedrah pursued her undergraduate in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Tulane University. Deedrah has spent the last twenty years dedicated to the development of children and youth by following a single mission: that ALL children WILL learn, WILL be supported, and WILL feel success and excel in school and in life.
- Deedrah enjoys collecting antiques and interior design.
- Deedrah is an avid UNC Tarheel basketball fan.
- Deedrah and her husband James have a BBQ team and participate in competitions across the state of Texas.