Chris Millett is founder, President and CEO of Science, Math, and Technology Center of Excellence
(SMATCOE). He created the corporation (headquarters in Pearland, Texas) in August 2014 to reach students in the metro Houston area and beyond. Chris' Education
Chris received his secondary education in a small town in Mississippi, where he graduated from high school with a perfect straight "A" average (4.0 at the time). He attended in Mississippi State University, where he received both a Bachelor degree and a Master Degree in Business Statistics and Data Processing (with a minor in Computer Science). Chris' Professional Career
Upon graduating from Mississippi State University, Chris started his Information/Technology career with IBM in Houston, TX, working with the Space Shuttle Program. Chris performed software development and database administration for the NASA Mission Control Center for nine years. He then applied for and was granted a Faculty Loan position through IBM at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He taught in the Computer Science Department at Morehouse for the next two years and periodically taught classes at Spelman College. Chris re-entered the corporate environment, where he spent the next two years performing software development and database administration for the Centennial Olympics held in Atlanta, GA in 1996. He then worked on various internal IBM projects for two years, a project with the State of Georgia Motor Vehicle Department for one year, and Bank of America for 14 years. Chris' Passion
Throughout Chris' adult life, his passion has been teaching. His teaching has spanned from young children at church to near-retirement age adults attending college. Shortly after starting his professional career out of college, he began teaching Data Processing classes at a community college in Houston, TX, as well as professional classes for IBM employees. He then taught college students at Morehouse College and Spelman College on concepts of software design and development, including programming languages and computer graphics. In 2002, Chris became interested in the SAT as his oldest son progressed through high school. He began a course at his home for several area high school students, including his son. He was subsequently invited to teach SAT Preparation at a local church to expose SAT Prep concepts to more area high school students. Within two years, Chris taught nearly 200 students SAT concepts and strategies. Many of those students significantly increased SAT scores and went to college on partial or full academic scholarships. In the summer of 2004, Chris joined Pathways as Vice President of Curriculum to expand SAT Preparation to even more students. Since that time, many SAT, PSAT, and ACT Preparation courses have been conducted (using the material and website infrastructure created by Chris), exposing more than 2,500 students in metro Atlanta and Houston, TX, to fundamentals and strategies needed to excel on college entrance exams. Chris is currently working on a publication for SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and ACT Preparation.
During the summer of 2005, Chris began conducting classes for middle school students to teach them critical math fundamentals needed for the upcoming school year. This initial training included his youngest son and six other students. In 2006, he expanded the summer training to two locations and included twenty students. During the summer of 2007, Chris and his colleagues offered the program at their home church in Marietta, GA. More than 70 students joined the program. In comparing their pre-assessment scores to their post-assessment scores, a vast majority of the students realized remarkable gains in their math skills, several of whom went from the 10% - 30% range to the 80% - 100% range. Inspired by this success, Chris expanded the summer program in 2008 to include kindergarten through early college level students and had 150 participants. Since that time, the program has enrolled 200 - 350 students each summer, focusing on the fundamental concepts to help students be significantly more ready for the upcoming school year. Chris is working on another publication involving math that focuses on the order in which math is logically learned, building one concept onto the next.
Chris and his family moved back to Houston, TX, in July 2013. He founded Science, Math, and Technology Center of Excellence
(SMATCOE) to expand on 12 years of success with college entrance exam preparation and math enrichment. He plans to reach students throughout metro Houston in SAT, PSAT, and ACT readiness, as well as mastering mathematics from elementary arithmetic to Calculus. He then plans to expand SMATCOE to include science enrichment (particularly Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and technology training (including software development, network administration, and database design/administration). Additionally, Chris plans to move SMATCOE to a position where it becomes a pre-engineering fundamentals platform, providing students who want to become engineers all the foundations they need to succeed. Chris has short-term plans to expand SMATCOE into Georgia and South Carolina, with long-term plans to expand SMATCOE into every state in the USA. Chris wants the program to reach all students who need it. His ultimate goal is for students to attain Academic Excellence
to be better prepared for a bright future!