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

Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson

Executive Director

Karen Nelson was named IPSI’s Executive Director on January 1, 2016, by Dean Manuel Justiz of the College of Education at The University of...

Daryl Michel

Daryl Michel

Director

Dr. Michel brings a broad skill set to IPSI including school improvement initiatives, systemic change, and effective teaching practices. He...

Matt Orem

Matt Orem

Director

Matt Orem has led public relations, philanthropy, outreach, and service programs for The University of Texas for 16 years. He secured grants...

Staff

Bertha Rodriguez

Bertha Rodriguez

District Literacy Liaison
Cathy Moak

Cathy Moak

Educator Outreach Coach
Chelsea Roser

Chelsea Roser

College Preparation Specialist
chris-gorychka

Chris Gorychka

Secondary Content Specialist
christi-garza

Christi Garza

College Preparation Specialist
christina-nash

Christina Nash

Instructional Specialist
darlene-mcalister

Darlene McAlister

Instructional Specialist
Dawn Filer

Dawn Filer Ciranna

Senior Administrative Program Coordinator
Debra White

Debra White

Senior Human Resource Coordinator
Diamond Torres

Diamond Torres

College Preparation Specialist
Diana Madrid

Diana Madrid

Senior Field Trainer
dolores-tovar

Dolores Tovar

District Literacy Liaison
Gibson Holmes

Gibson Holmes

College Preparation Specialist
Ivan Medina

Ivan Medina

GEAR UP Coordinator - Edgewood ISD
Joanna Oliver

Joanna Oliver

State Literacy Liaison
Julie Koepke

Julie Koepke

State Literacy Liaison
Kathy Stoddard

Kathy Stoddard

District Literacy Liaison
Kim Mennel

Kim Mennel

Administrative Associate
Marie Portillo

Marie Portillo

District Literacy Liaison
Martha Santana

Martha Santana

District Literacy Liaison
Mary Turner

Mary Turner

State Literacy Liaison
Meg Birk

Meg Birk

District Literacy Liaison
Michael King

Michael King

GEAR UP Outreach Specialist
Michelle Sims

Michelle Sims

Administrative Manager
Natalya White

Natalya White

Administrative Program Coordinator
Noe Benavidez

Noe Benavidez

College Preparation Specialist
Phyllis Broz

Phyllis Broz

Administrative Program Coordinator
Pratik Mhatre

Pratik Mhatre

Data and Research Administrator
Rosalyn Hodge

Rosalyn Hodge

District Literacy Liaison
Theresa Sands

Theresa Sands

Instructional Specialist
Toni Baxter

Toni Baxter

Secondary Content Specialist
Tricia Perez

Tricia Perez

District Literacy Liaison
Victoria Castillo

Victoria Castillo

Administrative Associate
Virginia Avina

Virginia Avina

District Literacy Liaison
Willie Castrejon

Willie Castrejon

College Preparation Specialist
Zerina Hamulic

Zerina Hamulic

College Preparation Specialist