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Mark Curry
Wells Fargo, Community Bank President
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Austin ISD, Superintendent
K. C. Cerny, Ph.D.
Management Information Analysis, Managing Partner
Board Member
Amber Elenz
District 5 Trustee, Austin ISD
Board Member
Dennis Howard
Charles Schwab, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Board Member
Doyle Valdez
Valco Resource Management, President
Board Member
Dr. Richard Rhodes
Austin Community College, President and CEO
Board Member
Drew Scheberle
Austin Chamber of Commerce, Senior Vice President of Education & Talent Development
Board Member
Emily Wright
Whole Foods Market, Global Corporate Communications Senior Manager
Board Member
Lori Ham
Microsoft, Director, US Education Sales
Board Member
Mark Williams
Austin ISD, Past Board President
Board Member
Michelle Krejci Wallis
Austin ISD Office of Innovation and Development, Executive Director
Board Member
Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., Ph.D.
Education Consultant for Assessment, Leadership and Policy
Board Member
Robert Rutishauser
Youth Advisory Group, WorkSource Chair
Board Member
Tam Hawkins
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
Board Member
Trinidad San Miguel, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant
Executive Director
Cathy Jones
Cathy joined APIE in 2012 and is an experienced teacher, campus administrator & assistant superintendent. She has 2 kids and enjoys running & cycling. Being a Classroom Coach is her weekly highlight.
Finance Director
Barbette Cooper
Barbette joined the APIE Finance team in 2011. She has an MBA from UT Austin and over ten years of experience in the management of financial and administrative functions for non-profits.
Programs Director
Veronica Cavazos
Veronica joined APIE in 2010 after serving as Director of Academic Advising and Student Success at Laredo Community College. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and watching great movies.
Development Director
Wendi Gordon
Wendi joined APIE in spring 2016 with extensive nonprofit development experience in education. Originally from Washington, DC, she enjoys the outdoors, food, travel and her miniature dachshunds.
Career Conversations Coordinator
Amy Moore
Amy joined APIE back in 2009. She loves working with middle school students, teachers and volunteers. She enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with her kids in her free time.
Volunteer and Communications Specialist
Andrea Panter
Andrea has served with excellence as an elementary teacher, a tutor, middle school math coordinator and volleyball captain. She brings experience, enthusiasm, and remarkable professionalism to APIE.
STEM Program and Training Designer VISTA
Brittany La Fritz
Brittany joined APIE as a VISTA this past March after spending a year interning at Walt Disney World. She has a Bachelor’s in Theatre / Theatre Education from SUNY Potsdam and loves to travel.
College Readiness VISTA
Caitlin Gardner
Caitlin is glad to be back in Austin after attending college in “the frozen tundra.” In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and trying to make everything.
Social Media Outreach and Communications Strategist VISTA
Charity Chukwu
Charity studied journalism at the University of Texas in Austin. She enjoys long bike rides, exotic foods and discussing the political climates of foreign nations.
Donor Relations VISTA
Christina Sze
Christina joined the APIE team this summer and will be serving with us for a year as an Americorps VISTA. She enjoys traveling and tasty food and is happy to be here in Austin serving her community.
Manager, School Connections
Dawn Lewis
After her years in politics, development and teaching, Dawn Lewis landed at APIE in 2011. She absolutely loves Florida State football, jogging, reading and of course, working with children.
Development Coordinator
Dylan Fisher
Dylan joined the APIE development team in May, 2016. Originally from the Bay Area, he spent time in Iowa, Minnesota, and Sri Lanka, before moving to Austin.
Math Programs Coordinator
Emily Arnold
Emily has worked in the nonprofit world for the last decade and joined APIE in 2015. In her down time she loves exploring new restaurants, playing piano, and playing in an Austin tennis league.
College Readiness Program Support Specialist
Frances Barrera
Frances joined APIE in 2014 as a College Readiness Advocate. She is a City Year San Antonio and AmeriCorps NCCC alum. She enjoys traveling and using American Sign Language on a daily basis.
Operations Coordinator
Leslie Skeffington
Leslie joined APIE in 2015 after two years of service with AmeriCorps*State. Originally from upstate New York, she enjoys hiking through Austin, road trips, and binge-watching crime shows.
Community Volunteer Recruiter VISTA
Penny Driver
Graduate of St. Edward’s University & From Chicago! Enjoys listening to music (all kinds), watching cartoons & engaging with others about social justice issues. Would like to study entertainment law.
College Readiness Program Supervisor
Sam Kimmel
Sam joined APIE in 2014 as a College Readiness Advocate. Aside from education, her interests include exploring West Texas, reading contemporary fiction, and spending time with her cat, Ignatius.
Campus Coordinator, Middle School Math
Sandy Bootz
For over 10 years, Sandy has worked in multiple APIE programs. She believes that volunteers are extraordinary people and feels privileged to work with those committed to supporting our schools.
Finance/HR Assistant
Sarah Koop
Sarah joined the APIE team in 2016. She has an MPA from San Diego State University and 9+ years of nonprofit experience. She enjoys being outdoors, playing on her Bocce league & daily yoga practices.
Operations Specialist
Shruthi Chandrasekaran
Shruthi joined APIE in 2016.She has Bachelors in Electrical & Electronic Engineering & 3 years of IT & non-profit experience. She enjoys reading, yoga, travelling & spending time with family.
Job Type:
Full Time
Austin Partners in Education will expand its College Readiness program to serve 100 rising 9th grade students in the summer of 2017. APIE is looking for VISTA summer associates to help with personalized academic support to students needing preparation to meet the state mandated academic college...
Job Type:
Full Time
Austin Partners in Education (APIE) creates and fosters effective community and school partnerships to improve student college and career readiness and expand STEM education opportunities through community engagement. The VISTA project will seek to expand APIE program capacity focused on Austin ISD...
Required Qualifications:
Skills: Leadership, General Skills, Writing/Editing, Team Work, Teaching/Tutoring, Non-Profit Management, Education, Computers/Technology.
Job Type:
Full Time
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on...
Job Type:
Full Time
SUMMARY The Development Coordinator will support the Development Director in all aspects of fund development for the organization. S/he will gain valuable experience in a nonprofit environment focused on promoting academic success for students in underserved communities. ESSENTIAL DUTIES and...
Required Documents:
Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements and a brief professional writing sample to careers@austinpartners.org. Please use the subject line: Development Coordinator Application: Last Name, First Name.
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Hours Per Week: 10-15 Work Days/Times: T-Th, between 8:00am – 4:00pm   Intern Responsibilities and Expectations: Classroom Coaching interns and work-study students are responsible for supporting one or more of the APIE academic programs, including the middle school math program.  They will report...
Required Qualifications:
Qualifications: · Flexibility; or an ability to adapt well to often changing classroom environments · Excellent time management skills · Strong written and verbal communication skills · Experience as a tutor or working with kids/teens preferred ·...
2015-16 APIE Program Evaluation
2014-15 APIE Program Evaluation
2013-14 APIE Program Evaluation
2012-13 APIE Program Evaluation
2010- 2011 Annual Report

APIE Program Model
According to the U.S. Department of Education, high school seniors from low-income families drop out of high school at six times the rate of their peers from high-income families.

Focusing on Austin ISD’s schools located in under-resourced communities and serving predominantly economically disadvantaged students, Austin Partners in Education delivers innovative, volunteer-driven academic and mentoring programs. APIE’s 1,550 volunteers work with students at pivotal junctures in their education, providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Through the flagship Classroom Coaching program, students benefit from small group (3:1 or below) instruction from volunteers drawn from more than 200 Austin area government agencies, businesses and community organizations.

 In the 2016-17 school year, APIE will implement the following programs:

        • Middle School Math Classroom Coaching: Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students to build a strong foundation in middle school math, putting  them on track to succeed in high school algebra.
        • College Readiness: College Readiness Advocates provide tutoring and college access mentoring to prepare students for college-level coursework.
        • Mentoring (all grades): Volunteers work one-on-one with students during the school day to help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence.

Thank you for your interest in internships and work-study positions with Austin Partners in Education!

APIE’s goal is to ensure the internship experience is educational and rewarding for its interns. Our internships and work-study programs allow you to gain valuable experience in a fast-paced non-profit environment focused on promoting academic success for students in economically disadvantaged communities. This is your opportunity to build your resume with impressive work experience and network with community members from all over Austin.

There are 3 ways to participate:

1. INTERN: Internships are unpaid and generally last for one semester with the option to renew for additional semesters.

2. WORK-STUDY: Paid work-study positions may also be available if you have a work-study award from your university.

3. VOLUNTEER: Volunteer positions are available for those who want to support students weekly in the classroom, without the larger commitments of internship and work-study positions.

Internship and work-study Requirements:

  • 10 - 15 hours or more to work Mon - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work professionally in a fast-paced environment
  • Multi-tasking skills while contributing as part of a team on deadline
  • Interest in helping public school students succeed academically
  • Professional appearance - business casual
  • Access to reliable private transportation for tutoring positions.

Apply Now!