ABOUT

This journey represents an idea that began with conversations with our students. Many expressed frustration about not having enough time--time to work through ideas and thoughts and encounters that they perceived as valuable and even necessary, but thoughts and encounters which the industrialized model of education simply did not afford them to have. They were looking for space and opportunity to explore the riches they were encountering in their readings, riches which held real value for them as individuals moving through this mystery we call life. They were asking for help, they were asking for guides. We as educators, as fellow questors for truth and meaning, thought we could do something-- we could offer them an opportunity.

 RACHEL BECK AND DAVID YOUNGBLOOD
ARE AWARD WINNING TEACHERS WITH OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TEACHING  ADVANCED ACADEMICS TO ADVANCED LEARNERS. JOIN THEM AS THEY SERVE AS GUIDES FOR THE ELITE LITERARY BOOK GROUP, A GROUP FOR ALL LEARNERS INTERESTED IN EFFECTIVE AND LASTING INSTRUCTION TO COMPLEMENT AND SUPPLEMENT THEIR CURRENT PROGRAMS OF STUDY. 

Rachel Beck
Founder and Guide

Mrs. Rachel Beck has worked in public education for 10 years. She has taught a variety of subjects and skills including at the college level for Lonestar College. Her experience includes working with ESL as well as low level and high achieving students. Never shying from a challenge, she took on the debate program and built it from a struggling 4 student course into a course with over 70 students. Her AP courses swelled from 12 to over 80, a solid program whose numbers demonstrate the love her students feel for her. Mrs. Beck is simply magnetic and offers a seasoned and reasoned approach to literary study and working with young people that her students thrive in. Her natural and well-researched and thoughtful approach to literature ignites her students. Her passion is for literature, and she is a skilled writer currently working on her own novel.

David Youngblood
Founder and Guide

David Youngblood has over 30 years of teaching experience in public education and in consulting and tutoring with students of a variety of ages and skills. His teaching experience includes all levels of English courses as well as Humanities  and Geometry courses. His focus the past few years has been on Advanced Academics including Pre-AP and AP as well as Dual Credit courses. He began the Dual Credit Program in Tomball ISD in 1993 and has been privileged to watch it grow from 5 students in the initial year to over 230.  In 1987, Mr. Youngblood received his Bachelor's of Science degree in English and Mathematics instruction. His Masters of Liberal Arts comes from Houston Baptist University and was awarded in 1992. An avid reader, it's not unusual for him to be reading 4-6 books at one time. He is also quite a handy poet.