Best in Class Coalition

The Best in Class staff includes team members employed by The Commit Partnership and The Communities Foundation of Texas. They, along with the teams at Commit and The Communities Foundation of Texas, work to support the partners attracting, preparing, and developing teachers and school leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Managing Director

Dominique McCain

Education has the potential to change lives for the better. To provide opportunity. To eradicate injustices. My mission is to ensure what’s possible becomes reality so that every school is strong, every classroom excellent and every kid gets a fair shot at life.

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Deputy Director at Communities Foundation of Texas

Betsy Cook

I’ve felt the difference one effective teacher makes for a student or a classroom.  I’ve also seen the weight the students carry when they don’t have that strong teacher.  I was lucky to be born into a family that valued education, a family full of educators themselves, a family that sought out learning environments that were diverse and where strong educators were plentiful. I am humbled that as a part of Best in Class team, my job is to amplify the number of students who have access to those strong, effective, diverse teachers and school leaders. 

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Strategic Advisor

Garrett Landry

A quality, public education is the great equalizer in life, and is one of the most important factors in breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Unfortunately, too many of our students, especially those facing the daily challenges of poverty, are not afforded this opportunity, as through no fault of their own, the school systems they attend are inequitable and systemically flawed; this is simply unacceptable. I work every day to create school systems that provide equitable outcomes for ALL students, so that they each can realize their full potential in life.

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Manager

Ana Luz Hernández

As a brown kid who grew up in poverty and attended public schools, my life trajectory was undoubtedly influenced by teachers who believed in my potential and challenged me to grow. I believe it’s possible to design an equitable public education system that is inclusive, and capable of addressing the needs of a whole child, one that helps communities flourish and thrive.

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Associate at Communities Foundation of Texas

Ernestine Key

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela