Nominating Organization: Holocaust Museum Houston

Title: Education Specialist

Dr. Beverly Nolan is an educational advocate for children and a mentor for young adults who also need guidance, leadership and encouragement. Additionally, she is a conduit for creating opportunities for student success.

Dr. Nolan is a native of Beaumont, Texas where Dr. Nolan spent most of her life and career in public education as a teacher, mentor, and administrator for Beaumont ISD, Dr. Nolan retired and moved to the Houston area in 2006. After a brief retirement, she started working for Harris County Juvenile Probation Department in 2007. Although she loved working in public education, she found her passion working in juvenile justice education, which was the primary focus of her dissertation, “Addressing School Failure and Recidivism Among 10-13 Year Old Incarcerated Juveniles: A Case Study.” She has worked in juvenile justice education for almost 14 years in both Harris and Dallas Counties. At Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Dr. Nolan originally started as a teacher. Since then she has been a training coordinator and presently is the education specialist for the Department, where she oversees professional development training for teachers, educational compliance based on local and state policy and guidelines, and audit preps for state agencies. Dr. Nolan also worked with Dallas County Juvenile Department as the Deputy Director of Education Services for a time, where she developed, monitored and executed Education policies, budgets, programming and staffing decisions. She eventually returned to work for Harris County Juvenile Probation Department in her present position.

Dr. Nolan received her bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, a master degree from Prairie View A&M University, and her Doctorate in Education from Walden University.

Dr. Nolan is a member of the Education Committee at the Holocaust Museum Houston and presently serves as the Chair. In addition, she is a member of the State Bar of Texas Advisory Board for Law Focused Education, Inc. where she serves as the Treasurer. She is also a member of the Silverlake Community Church in Pearland, Texas where she participates in the Women’s and Usher Ministries.

Dr. Nolan is the proud mother of three adult children – Demond (Jennifer) who live in Maryland, daughter Devon who lives in Miami and Leon who lives in Houston. She is also the “Gramme” to one awesome grandson, Solomon.