Tuccoa Polk becomes new program director of Parents Step Ahead effective today
DALLAS, TX – Tuccoa Polk brings 15 years of experience in education, child advocacy, and nonprofit management to her new director position at Parents Step Ahead.
“I am excited to join the Parents Step Ahead team. PSA has made a huge impact in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by empowering and educating parents on how to be advocates for their children’s academic success by increasing parent involvement,” Polk said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue fulfilling our Founder’s vision to reach more families and increase parental involvement statewide and across the country.”
“We are very happy to have Tuccoa Polk join Parents Step Ahead. Her expertise and skills will help us enrich and expand PSA’s reach in the community,” Lupita Colmenero, founder of Parents Step Ahead said.
Prior to joining Parents Step Ahead, Polk served as School Corps Regional Manager of Kleo, Inc. in Grand Prairie. Her career experience has been devoted to education and child advocacy, managing statewide technical assistance and training centers in both California and Oklahoma. She has had great success working with parents by training, supporting and empowering them to be advocates for their children, as well, as partnering with school districts to create campus cultures that encourage and support parental involvement.
Polk succeeds Valerie Braun-Reyes, who previously held the position of program director for four and a half years. Braun-Reyes joined the Irving Independent School District as the new marketing & social media coordinator this month.
About Parents Step Ahead
Since 2006, Parents Step Ahead, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has devoted itself “to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children.” The organization works in partnership with school districts, corporations and community organizations to offer a series of school-based programs for parents of all backgrounds throughout the school calendar year. Educators, motivational speakers, community volunteers and parenting experts present seminars on topics such as gang awareness, drug use prevention, underage drinking, computer literacy, Internet safety, raising kids with love and logic, and health and financial issues.