Director, Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being
Edith joined CHILDREN AT RISK in June 2017 to lead its efforts around parenting and families. Edith holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A in Political Science from the University of Arizona and Masters in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Houston-Downtown. Before joining CHILDREN AT RISK, Edith served as a Dean of Instruction at YES Prep Public Schools. Previously, she was the Director of Parent and Student Initiatives, a Grade Level Chair and teacher at YES Prep Public Schools. Before joining YES Prep, Edith was a teacher in HISD in a high-needs community as a Teach For America corps member.
Edith has served in the field of education for twelve years and has always believed in the power and the impact of parents and partnerships. Edith’s drive for ensuring educational equity for all students, despite family background and zip code, stems from her own personal journey. She is the daughter of Iranian immigrants and the first one in her family to graduate from college. Edith is committed to ensuring that all students from all communities across Texas have access to great schools and educational programs.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Fashion designer and supreme court justice
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you? Why?
Mr. Siskin, my 6th grade social studies teacher. He is the only teacher/adult in my life who ever talked to me about going to college. He planted the seed and pushed me to excel. When he thought that I turned in an assignment that was of excellent quality, in addition to the grade, he would write an HQ (Harvard Quality) in the corner. This pushed me to continuously work on improving and becoming a better student.
What is your dream for Texas children?
My dream is that all Texas children have equal access and opportunities to great schools, education and programming, despite their zip code or socio-economic status.