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Nadia Combs is the most promising candidate in any Hillsborough School Board race this year. A former Hillsborough middle school teacher who now owns and operates a private tutoring company, Combs has an unparalleled grasp of the county's educational needs and a clear plan for improving the classroom experience.

Combs is a passionate advocate of the public school system. A former middle school teacher of the year, she understands what is takes to succeed in the classroom.

Combs has a compelling vision and handling of details. She brings the perfect mix of classroom experience, a head for business and a laser focus on improving academic outcomes.

— Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board

Nadia Combs owns Brighton Learning tutoring center in Tampa and has run it since 2014. Before that, she ran a company that provided tutoring services to students in Title I schools. She worked for the school district for 10 years as a teacher, department head and a district teacher trainer. She also taught ESOL classes for adult immigrants. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Combs has a great combination of business and educational experience that would fit well on the Board. She’s smart and seems savvy enough to press for her agenda, which is more support for lower grades, recruiting better teachers and adjusting the curriculum to improve student outcomes. She also offers advocacy for Hispanic students in the district, which is important since she is running for District 1, which covers West Tampa and Town ‘n’ Country. 

— La Gaceta

I support Nadia Combs for the HIllsborough County School Board to speak out for students, families and teachers. Nadia is a teacher and parent of two public school students. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from USF. Nadia is experienced in lifting up and teaching at-risk students and leading Dropout Prevention programs. She will work tirelessly to address social inequalities in our schools, improve all academics and expand technical and vocational programs. She will be an excellent advocate for us on the Hillsborough County School Board. — Kathy Castor

I am proud to endorse Nadia Combs in her candidacy for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1.  Through her years of experience in the classroom and in leadership positions for Hillsborough County schools, she has demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs of our students, teachers and families, and is uniquely qualified to help guide the School Board into the future.  

— Mariella Smith County Commissioner

I'm proudly endorsing Nadia Combs for our School Board.  Nadia was not only the Hillsborough County Social Studies Teacher of the Year, but she's an entrepreneur who founded her own tutoring program that was rated "outstanding" eight years in a row by the state of Florida.  She's a dedicated teacher and educator who has already spent decades leading the way to a better Hillsborough County school system.  Nadia Combs enduring advocacy for children makes her the ideal candidate to serve District One on the Hillsborough County School Board. — Patricia Kemp Hillsborough County Commissioner

As a 35 year retired public school educator, principal and now three-time school board candidate, I am most proud to support and unconditionally endorse Nadia Combs for election as your new school board member for Hillsborough schools, District 1.  Nadia Combs has served years as a public school teacher, as an advocate for students and parents and she successfully operates a private tutorial business that assists students in achieving higher levels of academic performance.  In my opinion, Nadia Combs is exactly the candidate we need on our school board to move this school system toward a more successful future! — Bill Persons

I have known Nadia Combs for close to 30 years now, since her days as an undergraduate at USF. Over the years I have tracked her achievements as an educator, business owner, parent, and citizen. She is supremely qualified and able to serve on the SDHC School Board, bringing with her professional experience and education, unwavering dedication, and a collaborative attitude. Her commitment to diversity in all of its forms will undoubtedly result in the improvement of the lives of all students and their families in our county. Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz, Professor of Teacher Education — Barbara Cruz

I have known Nadia for over a decade and during that time I have witnessed her passion for education in both the public sector as a Hillsborough County public school teacher and as a private business owner that focuses on an individualized approach to helping students succeed in the classroom. Her commitment to making a difference in the community in which she lives extends beyond her time as a professional. For the past 7 years, Nadia has offered countless hours of her time and talents to serve on the Knead for Knowledge scholarship committee for the Children’s Cancer Center. Nadia volunteers her time to ensure that local children battling pediatric cancer are offered opportunities in education and are having positive life experiences. I am inspired by her drive, honored to work alongside her at the center, and grateful to know her as a friend. I am confident she is the best candidate! Patty O’Leary CEO & Executive Director Children’s Cancer Center — Patty O'Leary

I have had the pleasure of knowing Nadia for over 25 years and I cannot think of a better person for Hillsborough County School Board. Nadia truly cares about the students and is passionate about education. If you keep hearing people use the adjective passionate when speaking about Nadia, there is a reason. She is running for School Board because she feels she can bring her experience and knowledge to the board and make a difference. Nadia has experience in Title 1 schools, teaching in a foreign country, teaching English as a second language, and running a tutoring business. She is able to see both sides as an educator and a business woman. Nadia is the most dedicated, driven, positive, results driven person I know. I know she is the best candidate for Hillsborough County School Board. — Denielle Iuzzolino

Nadia is a fantastic leader, educator, and businesswoman. I know she would be a huge asset to the Hillsborough County School Board. She has the highest ethical standards and is a good person. Nobody will fight or work harder for our teachers and our children. — Sally Dee
West Central Labor Union
Tampa Bay for Change
Teaching for the Culture
Hillsborough County Democratic Party
Ben Floridaman Green
Ruth's List
Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association
Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus
Muslims for Democracy and Fairness (MDF)
Indivisible Action Tampa Bay


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