(Las Vegas, NV – March 28, 2023) The Las Vegas Surge Academy launches its inaugural cohort for emerging educational leaders across Clark County. A powerful collective of 11 educational leaders will set out to accelerate their leadership and personal growth to become influential change agents in their communities.
“I am so excited for our very first Surge Academy: Las Vegas cohort! Our fellows are already leaders in their own right. We are thrilled to give them a space to connect, learn, and grow. The Las Vegas cohort comes from all parts of the education world – from nonprofits to higher education to school building – and has many different skill sets and experiences,” shared the Las Vegas Surge Academy Program Director, Susan Garcia Jones. “It’s particularly exciting to think about the ways they will all empower one another to make changes across the entire Vegas education ecosystem. I can’t wait to see what they do!”
Meet the 2023 Las Vegas Surge Academy Cohort!
Brenda Romero– College Counselor Lead at Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas
Cesserly Rice– Principal & Founder at Nevada Rise Academy and Educators of Color Alliance
Ciara Owens- Director of Alumni Impact at Teach For America Las Vegas
Demetria Giles- Founder of SchoolED LLC
Elizabeth Mares- Strategic Projects Coordinator at Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas
JimDre Westbrook- Fulfillment Fundamentals Coordinator at Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas
Johnny Dominguez- Executive Director at Leaders in Training
Nicole Pulliam- Program Director at Communities in Schools
Renisha O’Donnell- Program Director at CORE, Powered by The Rogers Foundation
Shambrion Treadwell- Leader in Residence at Opportunity 180
Tarryn McGhie- Senior Instructional Designer at the University of Nevada
During their time in the fellowship program, the collective will hone their executive skills, problem-solving abilities, and team-building techniques. They will navigate complex topics surrounding the historical inequity in education and politics.
The Las Vegas Surge Academy is made possible through the collaboration and support from Opportunity 180.
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About The Surge Institute:
The Surge Institute is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established with a simple but important mission to develop and elevate leaders of color who create transformative change for children, families, and communities. Founded by Carmita Semaan in 2014, the organization was designed to empower emerging diverse leaders to change the landscape of education by providing them with a unique, authentic leadership development experience. To learn more about The Surge Institute, please visit: www.surgeinstitute.org