Genise Henry, PhD, serves as the director of Academic Foundations for the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at UT Austin. She has an extensive background in education spanning Pre-K–20 in urban and rural settings, offering expertise in instructional leadership and coaching, professional development, program evaluation, research, and supporting diverse student populations. Genise has served as an expert trainer for the ELA/R TEKS and for the Texas Literacy Achievement Academies. She also has experience in supporting educators in virtual learning environments and is published in books and articles with topics related to theory and practice working together, educator collaboration, and educational leadership and spirituality. Genise was featured in Texas Monthly magazine as a Barbara Jackson Scholar and was also named a David L. Clark scholar. She holds teacher, principal, and superintendent certifications. She earned both a PhD in Education: School Improvement and master’s degree in education from Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Huston Tillotson University.