IDEA Lake Houston

Proudly serving the parents, families and students of Houston, Texas.


IDEA Lake Houston sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.


Year Opening


Students Currently Enrolled

K-2 & 6

21- 22 Grade Levels


Campus Leaders

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Anna Farias

Founding Principal, IDEA Hardy Academy


LaRhonda may

Founding Principal, IDEA Lake Houston Academy

LaRhonda May is a proud wife and a mother of two young boys. Originally, she is from Louisiana but has been calling Houston home for the past 17 years. She started her teaching career in Houston as a high school Biology teacher at Sam Houston HS. During her 16 years in public education, she has continued to serve students in Houston in various instructional coaching roles including being a Dean of Instruction, Principal in Residence and was recently named Founding Principal for IDEA Lake Houston Academy. 

LaRhonda received her bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Biology from Grambling State University and her master’s degree in Educational Administration (M.Ed.) from Lamar University.  This year, she is a fellow in the National Principal Academy Fellowship (NPAF) by Relay Graduate School of Education.

 Mrs. May is thrilled to be back to Houston’s north side to ensure that our community of scholars have access to a rigorous curriculum that will help them matriculate to and through college.  She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Greater Houston Area by proving what’s possible when scholars, including her Kindergarten son at IDEA Spears, are equipped with knowledge and skills to excel in their educational experience.  There is no limit to what brilliant minds can do!


Melissa Lopez

Founding Principal, IDEA Lake Houston College Prep

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Melissa taught sophomore English and Teen Leadership as well as trained new teachers on how to incorporate classroom management strategies (CHAMPS) into their classroom instruction. After serving Alief ISD for 8 years, Melissa relocated to Midland, Texas and worked as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Ector County ISD. Melissa joined IDEA as a Principal in Residence with IDEA Spears. 

No matter what her role is, education is what she believes she was placed on this earth to do. Facilitating lessons for students to fall in love with learning is her passion and inspiring students to believe that they can achieve the unimaginable is what wakes her up in the morning. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her friends, family, husband, and new puppy.


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