Uplift Education Founder
In 1996, Rosemary Perlmeter
joined with former mayor of Irving, Morris Parish, and a group of community leaders to found, open and operate North Hills Preparatory as one of Texas
’ first charter schools. A few years into this project, Rosemary left her position as an executive with Zale Corporation to become the director of North Hills. During her 15 years at Zale, she had served as vice president of real estate and real estate counsel.
After completing a two-year plan, hiring a new head of school and a securing a building to hold the growing population of the school, Rosemary became the organization’s first director of organizational advancement. She then went on to see the addition of Uplift’s first urban campus, Peak Preparatory, and transitioned into her role as the organization’s first executive director, a position she held until November 2009.
In the spring of 2012, Rosemary transitioned off of the Uplift Executive team to focus her efforts on the Teaching Trust, an organization she co-founded to prepare educators to lead the change needed for the academic success and equity of all students. Rosemary holds a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Her memberships and affiliations have included the Founding Board of Uplift Education, the founding Board of Las Colinas Medical Center, a Director and officer of the Las Colinas Association, a member of the Education Task Force for West Dallas
, the Coalition for Effective Charters and Texas Charter School Association committees on Charter Quality and Charter Advocacy.