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NELLA GARCÍA URBAN

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NELLA GARCÍA URBAN

TITLE 

Chief Program Officer

ORGANIZATION

YES Prep Public Schools

BIOGRAPHY

Nella, originally from the Rio Grande Valley, is the Chief Program Officer for YES Prep Public Schools. Nella joined YES Prep in August of 2004 as a founding teacher at the YES Prep North Central campus where she taught various subjects in the humanities for two years. She then became a founding teacher at YES Prep East End in 2006 and a founding Assistant School Director at YES Prep Lee, now YES Prep Gulfton, in 2007. Nella transitioned out of school leadership into the Director of Teacher Development role where she led the Teaching Excellence Program for four years. After leading the Teaching Excellence Program, Nella began to explore alignment within talent initiatives and programs at YES Prep as the Vice President of Talent. Now, as Chief Program Officer, Nella leads our programmatic efforts in teaching and learning. Nella graduated from Rice University in 2003 with degrees in English, Spanish and Political Science. She received a master’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Education Leadership. In 2013, Nella was named a Pahara NextGen Fellow with the Aspen Institute, a program geared towards leaders in education reform with a diverse perspective. Nella is married to Pierre Urban from the YES Prep East End campus and they have two children – Mikaela Jo and Pierre Juan.