Alicia Nance

Fisher Fellow Alicia Nance

As the wildest dreams of her ancestors, Dr. Alicia Nance is both enthusiastic and humbled by the opportunity to serve as a founding middle school principal and partner with communities of color to ensure a new generation of young people in San Antonio realize their dreams.

Alicia is an antiracist educator, trainer, organizer, and equity and inclusion advocate who believes, “She who learns, teaches.” With over 15 years of professional experience in a range of PS-20 educational settings, her work with schools in Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, has focused on support to increase the efficacy of teachers, school leaders, youth workers, and parents and families in historically underserved and underrepresented communities of color.

Alicia has served as a school leader; instructional coach; department and grade level chair; Special Education Coordinator; program manager; track and dance coach; and classroom teacher focusing on literacy, numeracy, and exceptional learners.

She specializes in co-creating liberatory spaces in schools and communities by focusing on cultural and linguistically responsive, restorative, and trauma-informed pedagogies and practices.

Alicia holds advanced degrees from Louisiana State University and George Washington University in Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum Theory, English, Special Education, and Women’s and Gender, Ethnic and Cultural Studies. She continues to conduct research, write, lecture, mentor, coach, advocate, and organize to develop more racially and socially just, equitable, and inclusive spaces for communities of color.

Outside of her professional work, Alicia loves to read, run ultra-marathons and triathlons, Cross-fit, travel, play retro video games, dance, laugh, spend time with family and friends, and entertain her two dogs.

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