Beginning his career as a Teach For America corps member, Scott has spent the greater part of the last 20 years working in public education and brings his broad diversity of experiences to his current work as the Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer at Big Rock Educational Services in Dallas, Texas.
Prior to co-founding BRES in May of 2014, Scott worked at KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth working closely with the Executive Director and school leaders to create and implement systems used district-wide around data driven instruction, observation and supervision, and student culture. Prior to his experience at KIPP, he led an existing charter elementary school with high scholar achievement and opened two successful urban college prep schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As a result of these experiences, Scott has learned the importance of identifying, prioritizing and implementing high impact systems or “big rocks” and seen firsthand how doing this has directly led to high student achievement.
Scott was featured in Driven by Data by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo for his work as a school leader in creating and implementing high impact school systems that led to high student achievement.
He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Castleton State College, and an MA in Education from Johns Hopkins University. He was in the New Leaders program where he also obtained a CAGS in Educational Administration from Pace University. Outside of work, Scott enjoys reading and working out.
Before co-founding BRES, Matt served as the Director of Operations at Uplift Luna Preparatory, a K-12 campus in the Uplift Education network. As a school leader in a growing network, he managed all logistical and operational elements involved in the opening of this elementary and secondary school. Additionally, in his role, Matt oversaw all non-instructional departments of the campus. Through his work in schools, he learned the importance of sound operational systems in ensuring an instructional atmosphere that truly puts students first. Matt oversees internal operations at BRES which includes ensuring clients receive exceptional customer service, partners have clear communication and resources are easily accessible to all BRES stakeholders.
Prior to transitioning to a career in education, Matt served as the Outreach Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services. In this work, he developed a passion for service and education that easily translates to the core mission of BRES.
Matt received his B.S. in Applied Arts & Sciences/Business Leadership from University of North Texas at Dallas. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Rashida Hobbs-Jones has served as an educator and professional development facilitator for over 14 years. In her current role as Senior Leadership Coach, Rashida partners with BRES school and district clients to assist them in achieving their academic & district goals by implementing and maintaining effective school systems. She also oversees onboarding, supports with developing new coaches and manages internal systems.
Before joining BRES, Rashida has served at every level of the education system from a Lead Teacher, Grade Level Chair, Assistant Principal, Principal across the country. She has also worked internationally as a Director of Academics in Saudi Arabia. Through her work, Rashida has had the honor of being awarded Teacher of the Year and Top 25 Teachers in the district of Desoto Independent School District.
Throughout Rashida’s role as an educational leader, she has not only implemented systems that contribute to closing academic achievement gaps, but she has also developed and implemented systems and policies related to equity and social justice in education.
Rashida strongly believes that every child should have access to a high-quality education no matter their zip code. Rashida considers herself an advocate for all children and all her intentions are centered around doing what is best for children.
Rashida is a doctoral candidate in the studies of special education at Walden University and holds master degrees in Educational Leadership and School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Rashida also has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication from the University of Central Oklahoma and an associate’s degree in diversified studies from Oklahoma City Community College. She holds teaching, K-12 Principal, and School Counseling certifications from Texas. Rashida also holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification from Oxford and Train the Trainer professional facilitator certification from Cambridge University.
Outside of enjoying her profession, Rashida loves to travel, exercise, volunteer, and spend her spare time being creative and being with her lovely family.
Nicole Harper has served as an educator and administrator for over 20 years. In her current role as a Leadership Coach, Nicole partners with BRES schools and district clients to assist them in achieving their academic & district goals by implementing and maintaining effective school systems.
Before joining BRES, Nicole served at every level of the education system as a 9th to 12th grade Teacher, Assistant Principal for middle and high school, and Principal of two elementary schools. She has served in the traditional school and charter school systems.
Nicole has been recognized for her leadership and effectiveness in Garland Independent School District for launching the AVID program. She was also recognized as campus administrator of the year for a turnaround campus in Desoto Independent School District. Nicole has always led with the belief that all students can and will learn. It is with this belief that has allowed her to serve and provide support to ensure that systems of equity were put in place to ensure that all students regardless of race or socio-economic status were treated fairly.
Throughout Nicole’s role as an educational leader, she has implemented systems that contribute to closing academic achievement gaps, and she has also been a strong advocate for ensuring that race did not determine the level of education a student deserved.
Nicole holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Prairie View A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College. She holds certifications in the following specialty areas: Texas teaching certification, and Texas K-12 principal certification.
Outside of enjoying her profession, Nicole loves to serve in her faith, travel, volunteer, and be with her loving family.
Jasmine Bergeron is a passionate educator and native of New Orleans, LA. She’s served students in a variety of schools from traditional, charter, and even Montessori. In her current role as a Leadership Coach, Jasmine partners with BRES schools and district clients to assist them in achieving their academic & district goals by implementing and maintaining effective school systems.
Jasmine began her professional career working as a private tutor, then as a Math and ELA interventionist, classroom teacher, founding teacher, founding instructional coach, and Assistant Head of School. Her lifelong love of learning has led her to and through various fellowships where she has been able to learn a plethora of high impact instructional strategies from high-performing networks and educational non-profits across the country. As an educator, Jasmine has always had a fervent interest in STEM education, especially for underserved communities. This interest inspired her to take part in an opportunity to write STEM curriculum for a curriculum company currently in its pilot stage. Jasmine’s zeal for education is encouraged by the belief that all children should have access to a high-quality education. She is driven to do the work necessary to accomplish this goal and close the opportunity gap.
Jasmine has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Sharon started her career in education almost 20 years ago in the charter corps of Teach for America in Philadelphia, where she taught 5th, 6th, and 7th grade in both North and South Philadelphia. She then returned to her native New Orleans to teach in post-Katrina public schools and was a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Math teacher. In 2012, she moved to Dallas and began her journey as a school leader, first working as an Instructional Dean, where she led the school to become IB authorized and then quickly transitioning to be the Academic Director of Uplift Hampton Preparatory Middle School and then the founding Director of Uplift Gradus Preparatory, a Primary school in DeSoto, TX that serves PK-5th grade.
In her current role as a Leadership Coach, Sharon partners with BRES schools and district clients to assist them in achieving their academic & district goals by implementing and maintaining effective school systems.
During her time as a school leader, Sharon was selected to be a member of the first cohort of the Principal Impact Collaborative and now serves on their Alumni Council. She also serves as a DEI Facilitator for Teach for America. Sharon is committed to educational equity and works to dismantle systemic racism in schools and other institutions through activism and education. Prior to her work in education, Sharon was a Grants Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Denver, CO.
Sharon is a proud graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and a Masters Degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. While at Howard, Sharon was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Kappa.
In her time away from work, Sharon is committed to self-care and enjoys exercise, traveling the globe, and spending time with family and friends.
Tristan Bragg is an educator who is committed to educational equity and inclusivity both inside and outside of the classroom. In her current role as a Leadership Coach, Tristan partners with BRES schools and district clients to assist them in achieving their academic & district goals by implementing and maintaining effective school systems.
Tristan began her career as a 2006 Teach for America [TFA] Houston Corps Member in the Houston Independent School District [HISD] as a Kindergarten & 1stgrade teacher. During her tenure with HISD, she had the privilege to serve as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She then served as a literacy coach for Indianapolis Public Schools and an assistant principal for Pflugerville ISD. In 2018, she relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to serve as the founding Academic Director of Uplift Elevate Primary in Fort Worth, TX.
Tristan has also worked for the TFA Houston Summer Institute to train and support incoming corps members across the country. Her roles during summer institute include Corps Member Advisor, School Director, and both Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Facilitator & Coordinator.
Tristan is a proud alumna of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA and Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, quality time with family & friends, and racking up frequent flyer miles.
Melissa has spent her career working as an educator, instructional coach and most recently as operations support in the education sector. She is mission-driven and passionate about educational equity and is continuing to drive impactful student achievement with BRES on the Operations Team as Operations Coordinator.
Prior to BRES, Melissa worked at an education non-profit supporting relationship building and coordinating programming with districts and school leaders across the country. She also served as a key role in developing and standardizing internal processes as well as external communications across various teams and departments.
Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Leadership from the University of Dallas. She considers herself a lifelong learner and in her personal time, Melissa enjoys experiencing the world alongside her husband through the eyes of her two boys.