School Leadership 
Priscilla Parhms

Priscilla Collins-Parhms

Current Position: Managing Director, Uplift Summit Prep and Uplift Peak Prep 

Previous Position: Senior Director, Uplift Summit International Preparatory

Education: Master's: Educational Administration (California State University, San Bernadino)

Bachelor's: Radio and Television Management (Northeast Louisiana University)

Favorite Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Chris Garcia

Chris Garcia

Current Position: Lead and Primary School Director, Uplift Peak Preparatory
Previous Position: Advanced Programs Coordinator, Uplift Peak Preparatory
Education: Bachelor's: Psychology and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
                  Master's: Urban School Leadership (in progress), Southern Methodist University
Favorite Quote:  "Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."
Remy Washington

Remy Washington

Current Position: High School Director, Uplift Peak Preparatory
Previous Position: Assistant Principal, Morgan Park High School, Chicago Public School

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northwestern University; Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education, Concordia University Chicago; Education and Leadership and Organizational Change Administrative Certificate; Roosevelt University

Favorite Quote: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do."  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Emily Nolen

Emily Verret Nolen

Current Position: Middle School Director, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: Administrator at Grand Prairie ISD

Education: Master of Education, Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Arts, Crime & Justice Studies, University of Texas at Dallas

Favorite Quote: "Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it." - Wilferd Peterson

 Carlos de la Garza

Carlos de la Garza

Current Position: Operations Director, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: Operations Director, Uplift Peak Preparatory 

Education: Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English, University of Dallas

Favorite Quote: When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn. -Tom Landry



 Adisa Ganic

Adisa Ganic

Current Position: Dean of College Prep, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: Academic Counselor, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, Hunter College, City University of New York

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Samina Noorani

Current Position: AP/DP High School Dean of Instruction, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: Instructional Coach, Uplift Education

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Syracuse University; Master of Education, Urban Educational Leadership (in progress), Southern Methodist University

Favorite Quote: "Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land."


 Dario Ganic


Dario Ganic 

Current Position: High School Dean of Students, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: Teacher - AP U.S. Government & Politics, Content Lead, and Grade Level Chair

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Studies, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 

Favorite Quote: Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. - Epicurus


Ryan Faller

Ryan Faller 

Current Position: Middle School Dean of Students, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Education: Bachelors of Science / Managerial Economics, University of California, Davis; Bachelors of Arts / English / University of California, Davis; Masters in Counseling / Franciscan University of Steubenville

Favorite Quote: "You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people." - Fulton J. Sheen

Kari Mills

Kari Mills 

Current Position:  MYP Dean, Uplift Peak Preparatory
Previous Position: Secondary Math Teacher, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Education: Bachelors in Business Administration – Texas A&M Corpus Christi


 Whitney Wheeler

Whitney Hurwitz

Current Position: Primary Dean, Uplift Peak Preparatory

Previous Position: 5th Grade Reading Teacher and Reading Content Coordinator, Peak Preparatory

Education: Masters in Teaching and Learning: Master Reading Teacher Specialization- Southern Methodist University, BS in Finance- University of Florida

Favorite Quote: "A child miseducated is a child lost."