Special Education, Disability Empowerment, Tutoring
Melissa is a Texas native, originally from the Houston area. She moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas at Austin and to enjoy the eclectic urban culture. She completed her undergraduate degree at UT Austin and her Master’s degree in Special Education at Texas Tech University. Melissa also obtained an educational diagnostician certification at Texas Tech.
Originally on a path to law school, Melissa instead pursued her passion for educational equity through work in the public school system. She has since taught, coached educators, developed educational programming, overseen the foundation of a district life skills program, and worked for education reform at charter schools.
Melissa has a strong passion for special education, specifically working with families and schools to create inclusive, holistic, and rigorous experiences for all learners. Having navigated many school cultures and arrays of resources, Melissa feels strongly that the parent and school can share an empowered partnership that promotes student success. She also believes that children with learning differences should be knowledgeable about their needs and learning styles, so that they can be their own best advocates!
Educational Achievement, Social and Emotional Development
Jacqueline has spent over 25 years as an educator. In that time, she has held positions as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She founded several successful charter schools and has taught at the college level. She currently holds a bachelor’s degree...more
Sports Selection, Injury Prevention, Infant Developmental Milestones
Sydney is originally from Ohio and moved to the Austin area in early 2015. After receiving her Bachelors in Advertising from Xavier University, Sydney went onto pursue her passion for health and wellness by earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University.
She has been...more
Preschool Selection, Alternative Education and Private School Selection
Teri grew up in Tennessee and Nebraska and earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the support of a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. She spent much of her professional life as a freelance book editor, which allowed her the...more
School Readiness, Early Childhood Learning Activities
Jamie is originally from New York and is currently an elementary school teacher in Austin, Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree from Manhattanville College. From an early age, Jamie knew she wanted to work with children and see that every child she teaches has...more
Child and Family Nutrition
Natalie is a central Texas native who grew up in Georgetown and moved to Austin to study nutrition at the University of Texas. She has received her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education, Master of Science in Health Education, and Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences all at the...more
Health and Nutrition, Sports Nutrition
Traci has been a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist for over 20 years. Her current role as Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Lake Travis ISD offers her many opportunities to positively influence student nutrition intake and education.
Since graduating from UT Austin...more
School Readiness, Learning Activities and Games, Support for Struggling Learners, Reading Assessments K-3
Amy is originally from Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee. After teaching Kindergarten in Tennessee for a year she relocated to Texas where she taught preschool through second grade...more
Child Development, Child Motivation, Child-Parent Relationships
Jessica is originally from Connecticut though she received all of her degrees and credentials from California. She is currently an educational consultant to schools, teachers, families and learning communities in the US and internationally. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, a...more