"When my husband David started teaching 13 years ago he didn’t realize the obstacles he would encounter in the classroom. His first teaching assignment was in a Title I school where he was given one ream of paper to last for the entire semester teaching 125 students. The lack of resources combined with students who were 2-3 grade levels behind left an impression on both of us.
His next teaching assignment was a stark contrast. This school was in an affluent area where he had unlimited resources and students excelled. As I heard story after story about his students, a desire to meet the needs of students like the ones he first encountered grew in me. I knew I could and should do something about it."
-Doneda Bailey, Founder and Executive Director
Doneda Bailey is Founder and serves as Executive Director of Noggin Educational Foundation. After receiving a BA in Radio-Television from the University of Houston, Doneda began her career in account management at a Dallas marketing agency. She eventually ventured out on her own to develop a commercial video production company. After 12 years in marketing, she co-founded Noggin Educational Coaching with her husband, David Bailey, providing out-of-school educational services to students. Inspired by the great need she saw for students from low-income families to receive similar services, she founded Noggin Educational Foundation.
David Bailey serves as NEF Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a veteran educator and mathematician working with elementary, middle, and high school students. David brings more than a decade of classroom and educational coaching experience in various subjects from the primary level through graduate school.
The Baileys and their three children live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Together, they stand on the belief that the effects of poverty can be combatted through educational opportunity.
Founder and Executive Director