Nina began her career in education as a Teaching Fellow at City on a Hill Charter School in Boston. A proud Longhorn, Nina earned her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and holds her M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Nina’s career has been dedicated to closing the achievement gap, whether as a teacher, leader, or student. Most recently, Nina worked as a Literacy Instructional Coach. She has also been a 5th grade Humanities teacher and Humanities Department Chair. Nina served as the founding school teacher leader and Campus Director at Uplift Infinity Preparatory in Irving, Texas. Previously, at TNTP, she was a Site Director in Austin and a Site Advisor for Recruitment, Selection, and Training for TNTP’s Fellows Programs nationwide. She has also been Program Director of Breakthrough Austin. Nina is motivated and inspired by the promise that education gives to children to achieve their aspirations. As the child of immigrants and the first in her immediate family to be a college graduate, she knows first hand the importance of education to unlocking a child’s potential and actualizing dreams. Outside of working to increase educational opportunity, Nina most enjoys being an aunt! Other favorite hobbies of hers are spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading.
Favorite Quote: “Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it” -William Haley
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas surrounded by supportive family members who pushed me to be at my best at all times. My single parent mother embraced her dual role as a parent and an educator with the Dallas Independent School District, which has largely shaped who I am today. The value of service has driven my path in life and I honed that skill for nine years as a restaurant manager before I was called to give back as an educator. In 2010, I worked as an intervention specialist and Algebra I instructor for Uplift Education while working to complete my Bachelor’s in Sociology at The University of Texas at Dallas. Currently, I serve as a college counselor for Uplift Peak Preparatory, where I am privileged to see first-generation college students surpass academic milestones set by family members before them. I can truly say the only aspect of my life that can measure up to that feeling is coming home to my wife, Kelly Frazier, and our two sons Joshua and Nicholas.
Favorite Quote: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” -Vince Lombardi
Misti Whitley has been a dedicated educator for many years. She has served as a teacher, mentor and coach, and as an administrator. Misti has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a strong background in education and research. Her skillset and experiences also include organizational management and development. With international experiences including working with schools in Haiti and Morocco, she is global minded and has a diverse perspective and understanding of education. Misti is an active volunteer with organizations striving to effect positive change and make a significant impact in the lives of our youth. Misti has a heart and passion for the advancement of student learning and the cultivation of their characters.
Favorite Quote: “All men dream : but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible” -T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom