Fellows

The vision of CAMP is to ensure every elected official influencing education in Austin will govern in the best interest of all students.  Our fellows are mission-driven individuals dedicated to supporting and electing these leaders.  Fellows participate in a three-month curriculum designed to educate them on the impact of school boards on student outcomes and to develop skills for campaign leadership.  Fellows will actively participate in community engagement and the school board election cycle for November 2020.

Meet our 2020 Austin CAMP Fellows!

Amy Guerrero is a true native Austinite, born and raised. She is an after-school professional and has experience working in the out-of-school space for the past 8 years. Amy is passionate about the importance and role that afterschool programs provide for youth, which includes providing a safe and enriching environment. Amy is currently a Program Director for Extend-A-Care for Kids YMCA.

Ara Duke co-partnered a 5-star learning center in Austin, Texas from 2013-2015, where the focus was early childhood education. Through this partnership she became an advocate for early childhood education through 6th grade. She became an educational advocate and received additional training as a member of the Director’s Cohort in early childhood education where she received accolades for her endeavors with Texas Rising Star and Texas School Readiness. In 2017 her focus turned to classroom education with IDEA Public Schools and she received Co-Teacher of the Year for IDEA Rundberg Academy and the IDEA Austin Regional Co-Teacher of the Year. In 2019 she was the 1st Grade Team Leader and for this upcoming 2020-2021 school year she will be the IDEA Rundberg Academy Behavior Interventionist. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University.

Bryan Nya is a recent graduate of Austin Community College (ACC) with an Associates in Pre-Health Science, a student at Huston-Tillotson Universities Adult Degree Program majoring in Education with a focus in EC-6th grade. He is a leader within the community, defying stereotypical views of what it means to be Black in America. As a young black male who grew up impoverished, no male figure, mother worked two jobs, and family living paycheck to paycheck, Bryan is steadily beating the odds. Only through sheer will, he is putting himself through higher education while working two to three jobs at a time. When he is not in school, studying, or working, he likes to spend his time volunteering and advocating for disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities. He seeks way to find answers to political, educational, social, and economic equality and rights in order to eliminate discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of young adults who are impecunious and underprivileged such as himself.

Carla Allen was the Facilator of the Ecnonomic Summit in the Rochester, New York area at International Finance Career and Education High School. She has called Austin her home for five plus years. She has been in the education field teaching students of all grades levels Math from Elementary to AP Algebra 2. She is known for building strong relationships with her students and parents. She conducts Professional Developments on Classroom Managment and how to build successful relationships with your students and parents/guardians. She has a Masters Degree in Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Masters in Administration from Concordia University.

Cuitlahuac Tonatiuh Guerra-Mojarro is a 14 year classroom teacher who currently works with 7th and 8th grade students in a project-based engineering course they take as an elective for high school credit. His school experience includes teaching all science subjects in traditional public, charter, and alternative high schools as well as brief stint teaching 4th grade. Currently, Cuitlahuac is working with the East Austin Coalition for Quality Education and Save Austin Schools to prevent more closures and increase investment in education as a public service accessible to all students in Austin. Raised in St. Louis, MO, he moved to Texas in 2005 Austin in 2011. Cuitlahuac studied biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Dawn Burnside is currently the Equity and Racial Justice Senior Director at Creative Action. Creative Action is a youth arts education non profit organization. She designs and implements department-specific Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion education plans to complement the Creative Action, also partners with other Social & Racial justice organizations to help city wide policy change. Hailing from New York City, she now calls Austin, TX home. She had a 15 year career in information technology before focusing solely on social justice work. She sit on the board of The Rose Project, a non -profit focusing on social and emotional development of young girls. Most importantly, she is a mom.

Geoffrey Carlisle is an 8th Grade Science Teacher at KIPP Austin College Prep, currently in his 11th year of teaching, and is pursuing his Master’s of Public Affairs at the LBJ School. He is an innovative science educator dedicated to improving equity in educational outcomes through designing rigorous curriculum, developing the pedagogy of other teachers, and advocating for changes in education policy through teacher leadership. He is a 2018 recipient of the national Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award, and frequently facilitates professional development for science teachers at national, state, and local conferences. His writing about protecting LGBTQIA+ students and climate change education were published by the Texas Tribune and Austin American Statesman, and he co-wrote a policy brief that provided recommendations to the Texas School Finance Commission, many of which were ultimately incorporated into the landmark 2019 School Finance Bill. In 2018, Geoffrey joined the crew of the NOAA Ship Oregon II as part of the NOAA Teacher at Sea program, working alongside scientists to assess the health of the marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. He is an alumnus of the New Leaders Council, Teach Plus Texas, Urban Leaders Fellowship, the Leadership for Educational Equity Fellowship, and Teach For America. 

Hannah Peters began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During her corps commitment she taught third grade, and began to deepen her understanding of the strengths and shortcomings in our education system. In order to become a better educator and advocate for her students, Hannah earned a Master of Science in Education degree from Johns Hopkins University. She moved to Austin in 2018 to work as a founding team member of Austin Achieve Elementary School. Hannah continues to teach third grade, and serves as a mentor teacher and grade level chair for Austin Achieve.

Jarrad Toussant is a proud product of the Texas public education system. Overcoming significant obstacles, Jarrad graduated from the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas ISD and then earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected Student Body Vice President. In 2003, Jarrad moved to New Jersey where he completed both his Masters in Public Administration and Business Administration at Rutgers University. During that time, he served some of the lowest-income cities in the country; spending four years as the Development Director for Teach for America New Jersey, three years as Executive Director of Citizen Schools in Newark, and then as Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s Senior Education Advisor. Since returning to Texas, Jarrad has worked to expand blended learning education, led the advocacy campaign which resulted in the state’s first A-F public school accountability system, and launched the Texas Pathways to Prosperity Network. In his role as Director of the College, Career and Military Preparation at the Texas Education Agency, Jarrad leads partnership and coordination with the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board, supports statewide career and technical education, college-career school models, and the development of regional pathways.

Josue Orozco is a Houston native majoring in Marketing and Minoring in Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas. Josue is very socially involved, as his mission in life is to fix broken socio-economic systems. He previously has worked as a young advocate for the non-profit Young Invincibles, dealing with issues surrounding healthcare, economic opportunity, and higher education. He spent some time canvassing for local officials where he got the opportunity to engage with the greater Austin community. Josue has aspirations of combining his wide array of interests and social work, to decrease inequities present in opportunities for low-income people of color. An alumni from public, charter, and private schools in the Alief area, Josue is an advocate who understands how important education is to maximizing the human experience.

Judy Moore is a currently a middle school teacher at a public charter school in Austin, Texas. She recently relocated from Miami, Florida where she worked as a social studies and reading interventionist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Her experience includes work as an adjunct professor at Barry University, teaching Sport Finance at the undergraduate level – where she also obtained a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science in Sport Management. Subsequently, she has enjoyed stints with many of South Florida’s sport teams, including the Miami HEAT, Dolphins, and Marlins in the areas of sales, marketing and community relations. Her advocacy work began back in high school, being a voice for the homeless and displaced population of students at her school and working with local women’s shelter providing toiletries among other projects. She has worked with local nonprofits supporting youth and community initiatives. While in Miami, Judy worked with teachers and college professors to develop curriculum and programs for youth development and education initiatives – even piloting a youth C.E.O. summer boot camp where participants learned applicable employability skills and how to start and run a business.

Karly Gelardi is the Director of EmpowerEd To Teach, an alternative certification program operated by IDEA Public Schools, where she oversees programming and operations to ensure IDEA teachers are effectively trained and prepared to better support students in Texas. Prior to her current position, Karly worked on the IDEA Talent Acquisition Team for five years. Karly is a Teach For America and Emerging Human Capitol Leader Initiative alumna and began her career in education as a middle school English teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas State University and a BA in International Relations from the University of California Davis.

Kassi Longoria is currently a Consultant with MAYA Consulting – an education consulting firm based in Austin. Kassi has worked in early childhood education and social services for 11 years, starting first in direct service working for a non-profit child development center in Austin and eventually working in the Early Childhood Education division at the Texas Education Agency. She is passionate about improving outcomes for children and families in Austin and in Texas. Kassi has a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Family and Child Studies from Texas State University. She is originally from San Antonio but has called Austin her home for nearly 15 years.

Mercedes Perry earned her B.A. in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources & Training and Development and holds a professional certificate in Family Engagement from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Perry has consistently demonstrated history of a commitment to public service and social justice throughout her career in education, the non-profit industry and extracurricular involvement that includes political activism, social service advocacy, parent and family engagement and advocacy, community volunteerism, and providing pro-bono facilitation of difficult group conversations on a range of topics relating to race, gender, self-identity and education policy. Perry’s personal commitment to racial equity, ethical conduct, and integrity is ever present through her dedication to working with populations that are often disempowered in the political arena such as the undereducated, impoverished, and specifically, Black families to empower advocacy towards education reform and civic engagement. Currently, she serves full-time as the Education Programs & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Austin Area Urban League where she is responsible for the organization’s outreach and community engagement strategy and coordination of education programs. She is a proud Austin native whose social justice spirit was cultivated by a community that grounded her, inspired her, and continues to motivate her towards being a catalyst for change.

Minda Anderson has been a teacher librarian at the Dual Language campus Becker Elementary in Austin ISD for 7 years. A bilingual “book dragon”, social justice advocate, and supporter for public schools, she is proud to be an Austin native and Austin ISD graduate. She works to be an anti-racist educator and has wide-ranging experience advocating for literacy access for all. Minda was honored to be named the 2017-2018 District Librarian of the Year and is National Board Certified. She taught 1st grade at Becker Elementary prior to becoming their librarian. She has a Master’s of Information Science from the iSchool at UT Austin and a BA in Religion and Social Justice from Agnes Scott College.

Miriam Rodgers is a high school educator at a public charter school in Round Rock, Texas, where she teaches 11th and 12th grade Government, Economics, and IB Theory of Knowledge. Before entering secondary education, she was an antitrust attorney focusing on high tech transactions in New York and San Francisco. She is an alumni of the Teach Plus Texas Public Policy Fellowship and the Texas Public Charter Schools Association Teacher Advocacy and Leadership Institute. She is also currently an inaugural Loop 13 Looping Fellow. Miriam advocates for high quality, long lasting relationship between teachers and students to increase educational equity and learning outcomes for all students. She has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Washington and Lee University, a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Master’s degree in Law and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Monica Zdrojewski started out her career as a 4th grade teacher in Dallas-Fort Worth. As an educator, she realized the impact policies had on her work, and became involved with local education policy organizations. She subsequently pursued her Master’s in Education Policy and Management at Harvard, during which time she interned with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. She has experience in Texas at the district and state education levels, having served as the Assistant Director of Urban Teachers, an educator preparation program, and as a program manager in the Division of System Support and Innovation at the Texas Education Agency. She currently works for Moak, Casey and Associates, an Austin-based education consulting firm that supports Texas school districts in navigating the school finance and accountability systems.

Rakhi Agrawal is a nonprofit development professional who currently consults with The New Philanthropists, an org dedicated to structurally changing nonprofit board leadership to be more inclusive of BIPOC, and MEASURE, an org using data activism to solve social disparities affecting marginalized communities. She is also involved with numerous community groups including Central Health’s Community Health Champions program, Truth Be Told, and Leadership Austin. In addition to her nonprofit career, she is a former public school math teacher, having taught at Title I schools across Austin and Chicago. She has a BA in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Rodrigo Rodríguez-Tovar is an Elementary Dual Language Instructional Coach for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. He holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning styles from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tec de Monterrey, ITESM), and he is a National Board-Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. Mr. Rodríguez-Tovar possesses his teaching certificate from the state of Texas with endorsements in Bilingual (Spanish), General and Gifted Education. His research interests center on issues of language, culture, equity, and identity. His K-5 public school teaching experience includes 14 years as an educator in a dual language classroom setting, alternating the last four years as the writing literacy coach in a maintenance bilingual program and also, providing interventions in Spanish to students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Samantha Greenleaf is a Literacy Instructional Coach at Cook Elementary School in Austin ISD. She is honored to be a National Board Certified Teacher and a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms. She enjoys working to meet and serve the various needs of students and teachers as the Lead Mentor Teacher, 504 Coordinator, GT Advocate, and Social and Emotional Learning Facilitator on her campus. Prior to her six years teaching in Austin, she taught in Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, MS. She enjoys being involved in local advocacy work through Educators In Solidarity, an organization committed to building its collective capacity as anti-racist educators. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Millsaps College, her M.Ed. in Gifted Studies from Mississippi University for Women, and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas.

Shaleka Boone is a wife, educator, entrepreneur, and travel enthusiast. As an educator for over 5 years, she has contributed to districts in Killeen, Austin, and Manor, Texas. Her belief in the community has led her to be a charter member in organizations like the Greater Austin Area Alliance of Black School Educators and the Alpha Alpha Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is an alumni of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and will obtain her Master’s in Urban Education in the Fall of 2020. Shaleka is the founder of I Can Too which targets underserved youth by broadening their perspective and equipping them with the tools necessary to move forward with obtaining their aspirations. She is also the co-founder of Up SZN, a lifestyle brand that is dedicated to empowering the culture through fostering community, curating diverse events, and creating cultured inspired apparel. She believes representation matters and one of her biggest motivators is standing in the gap for those who feel like that can’t because they’ve never seen anyone who looks like them or comes from their background do it.

Tiffanie Harrison is the Finance Director for the Dr. Christine Mann for Congress campaign for TX-31 in addition to being a Racial Equity Leader and High School Marketing teacher at Round Rock High School. She has an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing and an undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Tiffanie is a two-time teacher of the year and has been recognized nationally for her work around youth entrepreneurship and Black family engagement. She is a Beyond Diversity™ Affiliate Practitioner and Facilitator through the Pacific Educational Group as part of the City of Austin’s commitment to racial equity. Tiffanie was in the inaugural class of the Teachers Guild Fellowship in partnership with IDEO and is a 2020 New Leaders Council Fellow. Tiffanie blends her passions for entrepreneurship, racial equity, and education as a General Partner for the Radical Equity Fund which focuses on advising and investing in diverse EdTech startup teams and disrupting the status quo to create a more equitable world. Tiffanie’s policy interests center around racial and social justice and education. Tiffanie desires to see Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of Beloved Community come to fruition and is happy to dedicate her life to making that a reality.