Nedra Robinson ran for Crowley ISD in 2017 on a platform to increase equity throughout the district and provide an exceptional educational experience for all children, a notion largely derived her own experiences. Nedra’s family on her paternal side are Fort Worth, Texas natives. Her paternal great-grandmother, Susan Johnson Davis, moved to Fort Worth in 1920 at the age of 10 and graduated from the historic I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth. Both of her parents graduated from Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Technical High School in the 1970s. However, Nedra did not grow up in Fort Worth. Her father enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after graduating high school, and he served his country for 24 years. Thus, Nedra had an opportunity to attend excellent schools throughout the United States and overseas.
One of her fondest memories was living in Turkey after the Gulf War. In 1992, her family was stationed in this volatile region, where they couldn’t speak the language, the major religion was different from theirs, and they were a long way from home. Despite the occasional terroristic threats from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), this was by far the best place she had ever lived. The Islamic call to prayer became her alarm clock in the morning and helped her maintain time throughout the day. It was in Turkey where she truly experienced diversity and inclusion, acceptance of other cultures, a love for math, and overall quality education which would shape her life. Nedra was the first person on her maternal side of the family and the first grandchild on her father's side to graduate from college.
Later, Nedra would become a public school teacher at Title I schools in Fort Worth. The experience was vastly different from her own. When she resided in the States, she lived in predominantly white communities where her family was always the only black family on the street, and she was often the only person of color in the classroom. She never had a non-white administrator and only had an African-American teacher for three months in third grade. This was a 180-degree difference in her teaching experience where Nedra had either one or no white students in her classes. Nedra often thought about how her Asian or Hispanic students probably had similar experiences to her own in that they attended schools where none of the teachers looked like them or could relate to their culture, and she marveled at the sheer number of educated African-American at various levels in Fort Worth. Her first teaching job shaped her career. She was appointed as the campus’s math department chair her second year of teaching; became Teacher of the Year her third year, and Lead Content Math Teacher/Math Coach her fifth year. Through an initiative that her district had with a local university, she earned nine graduate hours in Second Language Acquisition. Although she taught in low-socioeconomic communities where others would often cringe when she mentioned her campus, her students like their suburban peers had aspirations of going to college and excelling in school.
Nevertheless, Nedra recognized that there were factors that grossly stymied the opportunities and progress of her students in relation to their peers in more affluent communities, for instance, the lack of amenities such as adequate grocery stores, safe parks/playgrounds for families, great walkability, adequate housing, high rates of homeownership, employment, parental education attainment, etc. Due to this experience, she decided to pursue a degree that would allow her to address the social ills that were so vividly displayed in her classroom. Hence, in 2012, Nedra decided to embark on a master's degree in Public Administration to impact education from a policy perspective. Obtaining the master's allowed her to leave teaching and work as a Deputy District Director for a Texas State Representative where she was able to learn about policy firsthand from a state level.
In addition to her passion for policy, Nedra also enjoys serving her community something that she began doing in Girls Scouts and through high school when she would assist her dad with his Meals on Wheels deliveries. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Board of Directors for a southeast Fort Worth Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) whose goal was to assist the City of Fort Worth in its efforts to revitalize the Stop Six community and surrounding neighborhoods by constructing and renovating existing homes. Since then, Nedra has served on numerous boards, professional organizations, her neighborhood's homeowners association, and at one point she even became a PTA mom at her son's school.
She also founded RHN Strategic Group, an educational consulting company which is an approved vendor with the Texas Education Agency. She created a blog, Educate to Liberate, where she covers challenges impacting education and the achievement gap due to social issues, public/education policy, and community/economic development. Nedra graduated high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration both from the University of Texas at Arlington. Nedra was recently accepted to Tarleton State University's doctoral program for Educational Leadership.
By far, Nedra considers her greatest investment and what motivates her to do better and accomplish more are her two lovely children, Judah and Jireh.
Master Public Administration, University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Texas at Arlington
Honors & Awards
Named "21 Women to Watch" by Fort Worth Business CEO magazine, 2016
Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
Golden Key Honor Society
2010 Campus Teacher of the Year
Phi Theta Kappa