Building Education for Students Together’s mission is to ignite a national parent-led movement by building, educating, and mobilizing the largest network of parent activists in the country to advocate for their children’s education through the election of school board members and the passage of policies that align with our vision of expanding education freedom.
To achieve our mission, BEST is committed to creating a long-term impact through grassroots outreach by mobilizing our network of parent activists across the country with the purpose of uniting into state-based parent coalitions to protect parents’ rights to be their children’s primary educators and equip them with the tools to give their child and every child in their community the best opportunities possible.
Director of Education Reform
Laura’s experience in various levels of the education system has prepared her to lead this movement effectively. As one of Florida Parents Against Common Core founding members, Laura’s work led to the removal of Common Core standards in Florida. Additionally, she has served as president of her county’s parent-teacher association and as an elected member of her local school board. These experiences have equipped her to form and guide effective parent coalitions across the country. As a parent of three school-age children, Laura knows that the key to education reform is not just white papers but parents across the country standing up for their families.
Josiah has worked on grassroots campaigns across the country, organizing grassroots efforts to maximize the community's voice in everything from municipal to statewide elections. He understands the influence that community members have and how to maximize their impact. Before working in grassroots, Josiah taught middle and high school students in Rockwall, Texas. Growing up in a homeschool family and then teaching in the public school system has provided him with an understanding of varying student needs and how to meet them.
Dercy Teixeira is the grassroots director at FreedomWorks. He oversees the Grassroots team supporting FreedomWorks activists all over the country. Before joining FreedomWorks, Dercy worked for a non-profit student organization promoting small government ideas. He has also traveled all over the country working as campaign staff for many successful conservative campaigns. This has given him the experience and skills to help the conservative grassroots movement continue strong into the future!
Victor Nieves is a first-generation immigrant, a citizen born abroad. Victor carries his conservative values and wants to make sure our freedoms and constitution remain protected for the next generation of Americans. Victor got involved in conservative grassroots politics right out of high school and hasn’t stopped since, working on numerous local, state, and federal campaigns throughout the years in his home state of Texas. Victor understands the importance of grassroots and he loves it.
Kailee Feller is a grassroots coordinator for FreedomWorks. She works to mobilize and grow the FreedomWorks activist base alongside her grassroots team members. Kailee graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2020, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and completed a minor in Intelligence and National Security. Before joining FreedomWorks, Kailee worked on Ron DeSantis’s gubernatorial campaign and interned at Florida House in D.C. as well as the American Land Title Association.