Mr. Hopeton Hess joined Keen Independent as a Research Assistant. Mr. Hess has multiple years of experience in qualitative research, data collection and analysis. He has assisted Keen Independent with recent analyses of anecdotal information gathered as part of disparity studies for Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Baton Rouge. He has also conducted research on business assistance programs for Keen Independent disparity studies for Hawaii Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Transportation.
Before working at Keen Independent, Mr. Hess researched the impact community organizations have on the educational opportunities of community members, professional development in education and teacher preparation. He has conducted primary research with educators in Arizona to assess teacher preparation protocols for serving diverse learners and changing student populations. His work conducting video-interviews with student communities in Las Vegas was presented at a national conference. To this, Mr. Hess adds experience working as an educator in Phoenix.
Hopeton was awarded a faculty-nominated Junior Fellow research position in the Political Science Department of ASU where he collected and analyzed data regarding cabinet appointment patterns in presidential systems around the world.
Hopeton has extensive facility and event management expertise having coordinated over 100 campus events per year while serving as a Facility and Event Specialist at Arizona State University. Hopeton has lived abroad for many years and serves as a club soccer coach in his community.
Mr. Hess earned his Master of Arts in Educational Policy from Arizona State University (ASU). He has bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science from Arizona State University and Elementary Education from Briar Cliff University in Iowa.