George Lucas Educational Foundation
Nina Parrish

Nina Parrish

As an entrepreneur, Nina has experienced the ups and downs and many “hats” involved in developing a successful education business that started at her kitchen table. After her first daughter was born, Nina started a tutoring business in Virginia called Parrish Learning Zone offering K-12 in-person and online tutoring. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Nina has been a special education teacher and tutored students privately for over 13 years. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from the University of Mary Washington, she attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she completed her certification in Special Education for K-12 students. After obtaining her license, Nina earned a Master’s Degree in Education for School Counseling in grades Pre K-12 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nina's writing on education and parenting has been featured on the Huffington Post, We Are Teachers, Listen to Your Mother, Mamalode, and Scary Mommy.


  • Teaching Strategies
    Paying attention to what was going well for students led a special education teacher to a strengths-based approach to teaching.