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 partners with Scott Hudnor to ensure 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, friends and his dog, Champ.
Dr. Callie Lalugba
Dr. Callie Lalugba has served as an educator and administrator for close to 20 years. In her current role as Leadership Coach, Dr. Lalugba partners with BRES school and district clients to help them diagnose breakdowns, collaboratively define and achieve clear goals and build capacity by implementing sustainable systems.
Prior to joining BRES, Dr. Lalugba has served in a number of educational roles including Chief Academic Officer for Harvest Network of Schools, a group of charter schools in Minneapolis that serves more than 1,200 scholars in kindergarten through eighth grade. During her time with the Harvest Network of Schools, Dr. Lalugba provided ongoing supervision and leadership to principals and pioneered a variety of successful curriculum and instruction efforts to close the significant achievement gap. Dr. Lalugba strongly believes that all children have talents that can be discovered and developed through education, which can impact their families and society in a positive way. Along with cultivating their educational skill set, scholars must also engage in interactive lessons that enhance their moral, ethical, and social growth.
Dr. Lalugba holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wiley College. She holds certification in the following specialty areas: Minnesota and Texas teaching certification, Minnesota and Texas K-12 principal certification, and Minnesota superintendent certification.
Rashida Hobbs-Jones has served as an educator and professional development facilitator for over 14 years. In her current role as a 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.
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.