Priscilla Collins-Parhms is a managing director for Uplift Education Public Charter Schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Collins-Parhms has worked in education for more than 20 years, serving as a teacher, staff developer, and in many administrative roles, including principal and administrator support for elementary school principals. She is a native of Louisiana and was raised in California, where she completed her early schooling. She returned to Louisiana to attend Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana-Monroe), where she received a B.A. in radio and television management. After working in private industry for several years in California, she pursued her teaching credentials. She went on to graduate from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2000 with a master’s degree in education administration. She has been a motivational speaker and has done extensive educational staff development with administrators, teachers, and parents. She is married to Chris, and they have two sons, Darnell and Devin.