Meet the Dallas-Fort Worth Alumni Board
August 13, 2019
Antoinette Mims (New York ‘09)
Financial Planning Analyst, Communities Foundation of Texas
After traveling the world throughout her childhood, Antoinette graduated from Prairie View A&M university with majors in Accounting, Finance, & Economics. She started her professional career at Deloitte in Dallas performing audits for several school districts. Always interested in educational disparity, she applied to TFA and joined the New York corps in 2009. Antoinette taught math in Harlem and obtained a master’s in education from Relay Graduate School of Education at Hunter College. After teaching, she worked on an operations team in a finance and human resource capacity to open an elementary charter school in Brooklyn as well as with an educational advocacy organization in Manhattan. While living in NYC was a childhood dream, after five years in the best city in the world, Antoinette longed to return to a slower-paced life.
Katie Eska (Dallas-Fort Worth ‘09)
Principal, North Dallas High School
Originally from Georgia, Katie graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and joined the charter TFA corps in DFW in 2009. During her three years of teaching math at Spruce High School, she ran the math department and loved the urgency and focus of a turnaround campus. Having the opportunity to work for multiple types of school leaders, she saw the importance of a leader who builds and implements a school’s vision while partnering with is community. She went on to earn her master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Upon graduation, Katie stayed near Boston as a Head of School in a turnaround public charter elementary school in Lawrence, MA.
Through TFA’s “Destined for DFW” program, she returned to Dallas ISD to be principal at Kramer Elementary School. At Kramer for three years, Katie directed the school through International Baccalaureate authorization, leading the campus to be the first IB Primary Years Program in Dallas ISD. In 2017, Katie returned to the high school setting as principal of North Dallas High School, where she is currently working to strengthen the academic rigor and further embed the school with the diverse community it serves.
Katie is most excited to remain on the TFA DFW Alumni Board, as TFA’s powerful alumni network has enabled her to further her own career and deepened her connection with other strong leaders in the area. She seeks to further engage her fellow alumni through multiple pathways in our unified efforts towards One Day.
Allen Anderson (Dallas-Fort Worth ‘09)
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Uplift Education
Allen is a 2009 DFW alumnus and is currently the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Uplift Education. Allen is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in Public Relations and Advertising. He also holds a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Educational Policy and Urban Leadership.
While in the corps, Allen taught sixth-grade reading and social studies at Uplift Summit Preparatory and also served as the high school football coach. He went on to work at TFA, was a Dean of Instruction at Uplift, and founded Uplift Grand Preparatory as the Middle School Director.
Allen was brought to this movement because of the realization that his high school had not set him up for success in college and in his career. He wanted to ensure his students never experienced this realization and continues to fight for educational equity every day. Allen decided to join the TFA DFW Alumni Board because he wants to continue to influence, change, and work to build a larger coalition of alumni who are engaged and connected to our greater mission.
Bri Connor (Dallas-Fort Worth ‘16)
Educator, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center, Dallas ISD
Bri teaches bilingual third grade at Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center in Fair Park. She graduated with a BA in Spanish from Austin College, where she gained her first experience in an elementary classroom. She then studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile, where she taught English and computer classes at Centro de Recursos Altavida.
After graduating, Bri returned to Dallas to work for Reading Partners as a regional site coordinator, overseeing the implementation of a nationally acclaimed reading program at several Dallas ISD schools. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship at the Universidad del Valle, in Cali, Colombia. During her time in Colombia, Bri felt an incredible pull towards education and addressing the inequity that her college students witnessed as they studied culture in the U.S. Being asked hard questions and not really having a definitive answer spurred her to apply to TFA and brought her back to DFW to teach bilingual kindergarten in Dallas ISD in 2016.
In her first year, Bri not only implemented Project Comeback to regain the trust of stakeholders in her school, but she also won teacher of the year for her campus. In Bri’s second year, she was awarded the Todd and Abby Williams Community Impact Award as well as the Classroom Excellence Award. Bri is dedicated to staying a classroom teacher while furthering the impact of teachers as advocates for their students within the local government. She is currently an active member of LEE, the North Texas Teacher Council, a member of the District 9 Task Force, and a Fellow in Leadership ISD’s Campus Voices Fellowship. She joins the TFA DFW Alumni Board wanting to inspire classroom teachers to take a more active role in advocating for equity among teachers and students alike in an effort to pursue One Day.
Jerald Prince (Dallas-Fort Worth ‘10)
Senior Manager, Executive Compensation Lead, Celanese
Jerald was born in Anchorage, Alaska and spent most of his childhood in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Duke University in 2010, majoring in sociology and music (piano performance). After graduating, Jerald taught seventh and eighth-grade math at J.L. Long Middle School as part of TFA’s 2010 Dallas corps. In addition to teaching, he also coached football and basketball at Long. Following TFA, Jerald obtained his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and has been working in human resources since then.
Jerald currently works at Celanese in the role of Sr. Manager, Executive Compensation Lead. While his role does not directly support education, he is a part of the Celanese Site Committee. This committee approves company grants and allocates employee donations to organizations in the Dallas area focusing on supporting underserved populations in education, promoting healthy families, and safe places to live. He and his wife, Britney (also 2010 Dallas corps member), live in Las Colinas with their dog, Ocho.
Larena Flemmings (Houston ‘02)
Manager, Campus Staffing, Dallas ISD
Larena is a 2002 Houston alumna and is currently Manager of Campus Staffing for Dallas ISD. She has been with the district for seven years. In her current role, Larena manages several employees who combined oversee over 100 campuses within the district. They assist all new campus candidates through the hiring and onboarding process. She also supervises a variety of external partnerships that aid in securing teachers for the district. While in the corps, Larena taught fourth-grade ESL in Houston ISD. She felt passionate about student achievement, specifically in the area of reading, so she became a Literacy Coach. During her time with Houston ISD she also joined the recruitment team before transitioning to Dallas ISD.
Larena has a master’s in education administration from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor of arts from Spelman College. She volunteers with several organizations that have a direct impact on community student outreach. She joined the TFA DFW Alumni Board to help ensure all alumni understand the important role they play within the education arena regardless of current profession.
Nancy Tiên (Dallas-Fort Worth ‘13)
Educator & Co-Founder, Wokespirations
Nancy is a Dallas native and product of Dallas ISD schools. She received her B.S. in applied learning and development from the University of Texas at Austin. Tiên is an educator with five years of experience as a teacher-leader in bilingual math and science in Dallas and Mesquite schools.
She believes the work TFA DFW does for educational equity moves our nation towards basic human rights for all, especially for those who have been historically underrepresented and oppressed. In the past, she has served as a Racial Justice Fellow with TFA, designing and facilitating group learning around identity work for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian (AANHPI/MENASA) corps members.
Tiên continues to live and work in Dallas so she can raise up her hometown of Dallas into a city that closes the opportunity gap for all children.
Nick Monier (New York ‘08)
Attorney, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Nick is a 2008 New York City alum and is currently an attorney in the finance section at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he has been practicing law for six years. Nick is originally from Dallas and currently lives in Lakewood with his wife, Julie, their daughter, Lilly, and a new baby coming in August 2019. Nick received his B.A. from Middlebury College in 2008, his M.S. for Teachers from Pace University in 2010, and his J.D. degree from Tulane University in 2013.
While in the corps, Nick taught fourth and fifth-grade special education. Nick joined TFA to help provide high-quality educational opportunities to children with limited resources, such that they could have the same advantages he was lucky enough to have received growing up. Nick is excited to join the TFA DFW Alumni Board to keep TFA alumni in Dallas connected to the TFA movement, especially those working in the private sector or no longer directly in education.
Nicole Masole (St. Louis ‘11)
Program Director, Breakthrough Fort Worth
Nicole is the Program Director at Breakthrough Fort Worth and works tirelessly to support Fort Worth students' dreams of going to college. By developing and managing their curriculum and programs, Nicole leads her team in providing supplemental instruction for grades 6-12, SAT prep, college application and financial aid workshops, and college campus visits to provide students the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to fully matriculate into college. Nicole’s vision and leadership has helped make Breakthrough Fort Worth one of the top sites in student growth for both reading and math.