Support IDEA Tarrant County

Leadership and Board of Directors

Dr. Dionel C. Waters

Dr. Dionel C. Waters

Executive Director

Christin Diaz

Christine Diaz

Vice President of Schools

Joanna Crain

Joanna Crain

Director of Advancement

Judith Aguilar

Judith Aguilar

Regional Managing Director of Staffing and HR

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Nathan Jacobs

Regional Director of Operations

Erich Holmsten

President, Board of

Terrence Butler

Board of Directors

Alex Jimenez

Board of Directors

Frost Prioleau

Board of Directors

Kristy Odom

Board of Directors

Beth Welch

Board of Directors

Trenace Dorsey-Hollins

Board of Directors

Catherine Estrada

Board of Directors

Laurie George

Board of Directors

Upcoming Events

IDEA Edgecliff Lightning
IDEA Edgecliff School Tour
  • January 25, 2022
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • IDEA Edgecliff – 1640 Alta Mesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76134
  • For more information, contact Joanna Crain, Director of Development at
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Sink-a-Dink Pickleball Tournament

Our first ever Sink-a-Dink Pickleball Tournament benefiting IDEA Public Schools in Tarrant County will take place on Monday, May 9, 2022, at the brand new Courtside Kitchen in Fort Worth. Join us for pickleball play, raffle, luncheon, awards & more. Whether this is the first time you have heard of pickleball or you play every week, this event is for you.

IDEA Achieve Farm ribbon cutting

IDEA Public Schools Tarrant County will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 20 to celebrate the first harvest of its new campus farm at IDEA Achieve. The farm at IDEA Achieve is the first of its kind in Tarrant County, and will provide students with hands-on experience and an increased understanding of where their food comes from. The farm is a key component of IDEA Public Schools mission to become the healthiest school district in the nation.

IDEA Summer Meals

IDEA Public Schools’ Child Nutrition Program will be serving FREE meals during the summer to any child in the community aged 18 years and younger from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, July 22, whether they are an IDEA student or not. The summer meals will include breakfast and lunch and must be eaten in the cafeteria of any area IDEA campus Monday through Friday. Participating IDEA Tarrant County summer meals campuses include IDEA Achieve, IDEA Edgecliff, IDEA Rise and IDEA Southeast.

Regional Snapshot



Our tuition-free public schools are open to all students. We will grow to 8 schools in 2021, serving Tarrant County



In 2021, we will serve a total of 3,170 students between our academy and college prep campuses.



Since IDEA’s first graduating class in 2007, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities nationwide.


Through small learning groups and daily access to technology, every student learns at the level and speed just right for them. 

Expert Teachers

Our teachers bring subject matter expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.


Our school is family. Parents, teachers, and administrators work as a team to help each student reach their full potential.