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

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

Cathy Moak

Cathy Moak

Educator Outreach Coach
Chelsea Roser

Chelsea Roser

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
Diana Madrid

Diana Madrid

Senior Field Trainer
dolores-tovar

Dolores Tovar

District Literacy Liaison
Gibson Holmes

Gibson Holmes

College Preparation Specialist
Joanna Oliver

Joanna Oliver

State Literacy Liaison
Julie Koepke

Julie Koepke

State Literacy Liaison
Kim Mennel

Kim Mennel

Administrative Associate
La'Ryon Witherspoon

La’Ryon Witherspoon

College Preparation Specialist
Malena Castillo

Malena Castillo

College Preparation Advisor
Martha Santana

Martha Santana

District Literacy Liaison
Meg Birk

Meg Birk

District Literacy Liaison
Michael King

Michael King

GEAR UP Outreach Specialist
Michelle Lambert-Yuhasz

Michelle Lambert-Yuhasz

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Michelle Sims

Michelle Sims

Administrative Manager
Morgan Brooks

Morgan Brooks

College Preparation Specialist
Natalya White

Natalya White

Administrative Program Coordinator
Natasha Rodriguez

Natasha Sankovich Rodriguez

College Preparation Specialist
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
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