Clinical Associate Professor
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Rosemary Perlmeter has spent the last sixteen years working on public
education initiatives. This work began in 1996 when she joined with the former
mayor of Irving and community leaders to found, open, and operate Uplift
Education, one of Texas’ first and most successful charter school operators. A
few years into this project, Rosemary left her position as an executive with
Zale Corporation to become the Director of North Hills Preparatory. During her
fifteen years at Zale, she served as Vice President of Real Estate and Real
Rosemary became Uplift Education’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 that
prepares educators to lead the change needed for the academic success and equity
of all students. In the summer of 2012, she joined SMU’s Department of Education
Policy & Leadership faculty, where she teaches and coaches aspiring school
leaders in the Urban Specialization Master's Program.
Rosemary’s current memberships and affiliations include serving as a member of
the Principal Advisory Committee of the TEA, a Member of the Advisory Board for
Middle School Matters, and as a Facilities and Governance Committee member of
Uplift Education. She previously served as a member of the Education Task Force
for West Dallas, the Coalition for Effective Charters, the Texas Charter School
Association committees on Charter Quality and Charter Advocacy, the founding
Board of Las Colinas Medical Center, and as a Director and officer of the Las
Colinas Association. She recently received the Innovation in Nonprofit
Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Rosemary received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Doctor of Jurisprudence
degree from Southern Methodist University.