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Dominique McCain

Managing Director

Dominique McCain embodies dedication and commitment. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Aldine ISD and quickly became a teacher leader and instructional coach. Through modeling best practices in preparation, planning, and instruction, her work proved impactful in developing and fortifying the instructional capacity of campus and district faculty. In 2014, Dominique accepted an opportunity to support the efforts of Dallas ISD through its Teacher Preparation Program. As Senior Manager, she oversaw the transformation and redesign of the program focused on sustained quality. After acknowledging the need for a strong start for both teachers and students, Dominique continued making a significant impact in the district by serving as the Director of Instructional Strategy for the Dallas ISD Early Learning Department. In this role, she oversaw all curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for the district’s PK-2 grade classrooms.

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Chelsea Jeffery

Director

Chelsea is a Dallasite through and through, growing up in Coppell, TX and graduating Magna Cum Laude from SMU. Chelsea taught High School Math at Dallas Can for two years as part of Teach for America and joined the Commit team in 2014 where she has led work in Early Math, Early Literacy, and now Early Childhood.

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Libby McCabe

Managing Director, Advocacy

Prior to joining Commit, Libby gained extensive experience practicing law in New York City where she had a legal and consulting practice. She graduated magna cum laude from both Duke University and Harvard Law School and currently serves as a director of the Perot Museum in Dallas.

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Carla Robertson

Associate

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Sara Soto

Associate

Sara is a proud Dallasite and a product of DISD schools. At a very young age, her family of Salvadoran immigrants instilled the value of education and how it can transform lives. Sara earned her B.S. in Corporate Communication from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Nicholy Johnson

Manager

Nicholy grew up in Baton Rouge, LA where her passion for education was sparked by her parents, both of whom were educators. Both came from very poor towns in North Louisiana, and education was the tool that paved the way for a better life. Nicholy’s parents instilled in her the value of an education and since that time, Nicholy has been passionate about ensuring that all young children, regardless of race or socio-economic status, have access to a quality education. Prior to joining the Commit Partnership, Nicholy worked as a PreK-2 Lead Instructional Specialist at DISD in the Early Learning Department where she helped PreK-2nd grade teachers in urban schools improve their instructional practices to increase child outcomes. She also worked at the Louisiana Department of Education for seventeen years where she helped to manage a statewide Pre-K program, worked with Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, served on a committee that was responsible for developing Louisiana’s first set of Birth-5 Standards, and worked on multiple initiatives that were centered around improving and increasing access to quality childcare programs. In addition, Nicholy taught kindergarten for seven years in East Baton Rouge Parish, so she will always be an early childhood educator at heart! Nicholy graduated from Southern University A&M College with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

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