School Leader, KIPP Dream Prep
Haley Simonton-Bonilla has more than a decade of experience in education. She joined Americorps where she was a bilingual literacy tutor for 1st graders in Austin. She taught bilingual Pre-K in Austin ISD and Houston ISD. She began with KIPP in 2007 teaching Pre-K 4 at KIPP SHINE, then 2nd and 3rd grade before moving to KIPP Dream. At Dream, she was a founding 3rd and 4th grade teacher and grade level chair. Haley has also served as literacy instructional coach, upper school interventionist, and dean of early childhood, and assistant principal at KIPP Dream. After 6 years dedicated to Dream, she is now thrilled to take on the role of school leader. Haley has 2 beautiful little girls, Adelaide and Bailynn. She is married to a KIPPster from the founding class in Houston, who is also a teacher at KIPP Climb. She enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking, traveling, gardening, and hanging out with friends and family. She graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Anthropology.
- 1.) Haley studied West African Dance in Ghana while in college.
- 2.) Haley is fluent in Spanish and attributes her learning Spanish to Ms. Artaza, her middle school Spanish teacher.
- 3) Haley loves yoga, practices at least 5 times a week and has been doing it for 12 years.