Edgar Rodriguez

Current Position: High School Director, Uplift Williams Preparatory

Previous Position: Assistant Principal, Jesse H. Jones STEM Academy

Education: Bachelor of Science in Technology Management, , Texas A&M University; Master of Education Leadership, University of Texas at Tyler 

Favorite Quote: “Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life.” Brigham Young


Denise DelaRosa

Denise De La Rosa 

Current Position: Middle School Director, Lead Director, Uplift Williams Preparatory

Previous Position: Resident Principal, The Brooklyn Latin School

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Teachers College – Columbia University

Favorite Quote:  “Let him that would move the world first move himself.” - Socrates

Wendy DeSpain

Wendy DeSpain

Current Position: Primary Director, Uplift Williams Preparatory 

Previous Position: NCLB Coordinator, Plano ISD; Principal, Plano ISD

Education: Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Reading from Stephen F. Austin State University; Masters of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from UNT, and a Principal’s Certificate from UNT.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst at least failed while daring greatly so that his pace shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt


Monique Robinson

Monique Robinson

Current Position: Operations Director, Uplift Williams Preparatory

Previous Position: Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Education: Bachelor's degree: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, Michigan State University; Master of Business Administration in Non-profit Management, University of Dallas 
Favorite Quote:  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where you go…” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Last Modified on August 1, 2014