Rob DeHaas is the Co-Founder of Dallas Teacher Residency. He also currently serves as the Founding Dean for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Institute at the Dallas County Community College District.
Before Co-Founding and launching Dallas Teacher Residency in June 2013, Rob served as a Director for Uplift Heights Preparatory, a K-12 Charter School located in West Dallas. While at Heights, Rob designed, managed, and ensured successful implementation of school level procurement procedures, and financial protocols, and developed sustainable solutions to optimize day-to-day school operation. He assisted in the start-up and launch of the Heights Primary School, and oversaw the groundbreaking and initial construction of a new high school building that opened in August 2013.
Prior to joining Uplift, Rob served as Project Manager for LEARN Charter School Network in Chicago, IL. Rob worked alongside the LEARN CEO to help lead LEARN’s strategic growth and expansion efforts, successfully securing grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Charter School Growth Fund and the Walton Family Foundation. Rob also led the efforts to open two new K-8 campuses on Chicago’s South and West sides. Prior to his work with the LEARN Central Management Office, Rob was a classroom teacher at LEARN.
Rob served as the Advisory Board Chair for the West Dallas Community Collaborative and The School Zone, a collective impact project led by the SMU Simmons School of Education that is seeking to initiate educational reform efforts throughout West Dallas by bringing together community non-profit organizations and neighborhood schools. Rob was a member of the 2014-2015 Mayor’s Star Council cohort, a 2015-2016 Leadership ISD Fellow and serves as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Rob received his BA from Duke University and received a Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from DePaul University’s College of Education in Chicago, IL. He also received his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Strategy & Entrepreneurship from the Edwin Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.