About

The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin serves our common goal of helping all students, early childhood through high school, achieve their academic potential. IPSI provides high-quality professional learning opportunities and technical assistance to public school districts and charter schools primarily through two types of initiatives: (1) those that directly support students, and (2) those that equip and empower educators and leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare diverse student populations for college and career success in the 21st century. IPSI serves many of the educational and professional development (PD) needs through cultivated strategic partnerships with state agencies, education service centers, local education agencies, public charter schools, and other institutions of higher education.

Leadership

Matt Orem

Matt Orem, M.Ed

Executive Director

Matt Orem has led public relations, philanthropy, outreach, and service programs for The University of Texas for 23 years. He has secured...

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Connie Dawes

Director

Connie Dawes serves as project manager and student outreach coach for the Texas GEAR UP state grant, where she supervises the college...

Genise Henry

Genise Henry

Director

Genise Henry, PhD, serves as the director of Academic Foundations for the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at UT Austin. She...

Staff

Chelsea Roser

Chelsea Fernandez

College and Career Readiness Specialist
Debra White

Debra White

Senior Human Resource Coordinator
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Janice Johnson Shephard

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Joanna Oliver

Joanna Oliver

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Natalya White

Natalya White

Administrative Program Coordinator
Noe Benavidez

Noe Benavidez

Post Secondary Liaison
Phyllis Broz

Phyllis Broz

Sr Administrative Program Coordinator
Tricia Perez

Tricia Perez

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Victoria Castillo

Victoria Castillo

Administrative Associate
Willie Castrejon

Willie Castrejon

Family and Financial Aid Specialist