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Richard Young

Richard Young 

Current Position:  Associate Managing Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: High School/Lead and Associate Managing Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: Certification: Superintendent (Midwestern State University)
Master's: Educational Administration (Texas State University),
Bachelor's: Biology and Chemistry (Texas Tech University)

Favorite Quote: "Optimize the learning, for every adult and student in this building."
- Dr. Nelson Coulter

Contact: ryoung@uplifteducation.org
 
Tracy Odom

Tracy Odom

 
Current Position: High School Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory
 
Previous Position: Middle Years Program Dean, Uplift North Hills Preparatory
 
Education: Bachelor of Science in English and Speech Communication, Wayne State University
 
Favorite Quote: “ If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”  -Fredrick Douglass
 
 
 
George Rutzen

George Rutzen

Current Position: Middle School Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Dean of Students, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education:

Favorite Quote: 


Contact: grutzen@uplifteducation.org
 
Becky Christensen

Becky Christensen

Current Position: Primary School Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Assistant Head/Director of Diversity, The Lamplighter School

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, University of North Texas

Favorite Quote: "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  -Margaret Mead


Contact: bchristensen@uplifteducation.org
 
Deborah Hargrove


Deborah Hargrove 


Current Position:  High School Dean of Students, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Dean of Counseling, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: Bachelor of  Arts in Secondary English Education, Auburn University; Masters: Secondary Counseling; Psychology, Auburn University.

Favorite Quote: “I have set the Lord always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  -Psalm 16:8 NIV

 
 
Heather Pereira

Heather Pereira


Current Position: Advanced Placement/Diploma Programme Dean, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: French Teacher and FL Department Chair, Uplift North Hills Preparatory; API Project Director, Uplift Education

Education: Master of Arts in Modern Languages, UT Arlington; Bachelor of Arts in English and French, UT Arlington

Favorite Quote:
 "I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.”   -Pablo Picasso

Contact: hpereira@uplifteducation.org
 
  Jakkia Hollingsworth   

Jakkia Hollingsworth

 
Current Position: Dean of College Preparation, Academic Counselor, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: College Counselor

Education: Bachelor of Arts Sociology and Anthropology, Master of Organization Management

Favorite Quote: “Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – take another shot.”- Unknown

Contact: jhollingsworth@uplifteducation.org
 
Ben Hunt

Ben Hunt

  
Current Position: Middle School Dean of Students, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Athletic Director/Physical Education Teacher/Coach, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: Bachelor of Exercise Science in Kinesiology , Texas Wesleyan University

Favorite Quote: “I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.”  -Coach Boone (Remember the Titans)

Contact: bhunt@uplifteducation.org

 
 
 
Nicolau Pereira

Nicolau Pereira


Current Position: Middle Years Programme Dean, Uplift North Hills Preparatory 

Previous Position: French/Spanish Teacher and FL Department Chair, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: Universite Michel de Montaigne III, Bordeaux France; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, UT Arlington

Favorite Quote:
 "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  -Socrates

Contact: npereira@uplifteducation.org

 
 

  KraTaura Buckner   


KraTaura Buckner

 
Current Position: Athletic Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: PE Teacher and Upper School Basketball Coach, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: 

Favorite Quote:

  
 
  Christina Ballinger   

Christina Ballinger

 
Current Position: Primary Dean of Students, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Kindergarten Teacher, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of North Texas

Favorite Quote: "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."
-Hellen Keller

Contact: cballinger@uplifteducation.org
 

Megan Goodhew

Megan Goodhew

 
Current Position: Primary Years Program Dean, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Kindergarten Teacher, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Education: Bachelor of Science  in Hotel Administration, Master of Education, Southern Methodist University 

Favorite Quote: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  -Anne Frank

  
 Ray Chavez


Ray Chavez


Current Position: Operations Director, Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Previous Position: Global Director Learning, Development & Quality, Stream Global Services

Education: Bachelor of Sciences, Secondary Education, Oklahoma State University

Favorite Quote: "What we have learned from others becomes our own reflection.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson    

Contact: rchavez@uplifteducation.org
 
Last Modified on September 12, 2013