October Newsletter: A Slice of APIE

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October Newsletter: A Slice of APIE

It has been a fantastic start to the school year with our programs back in action throughout AISD. Our students and teachers are enjoying another exciting year of knowledge-building and fun-filled learning made possible by YOU! We at APIE are so grateful to have you as volunteers!

“It has been a treat getting to know my students.  I’m excited to spend the year with them – and for all the learning we will do together!” – Lindsay Sobel, a Math Classroom Coach at Burnet.

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We are happy to have Melissa Huerta as a new volunteer with APIE this year! She is a Math Classroom Coach at Mendez Middle School in Mrs. Ramon’s class, who is also her daughter!

Melissa is a former accountant and was retired, but recently began working again at the Texas Real Estate Commission. She loves to volunteer and was inspired as a child by her parents who were active volunteers.

How has your experience as a Math Classroom Coach been so far?

It has been going really well. The group of girls I am with are really nice. I do think they feel more comfortable with me because I am their teacher’s mother.

What is your favorite part of volunteering?

Talking with my group and hearing their stories and their background. I try to understand where they are coming from. I also enjoy learning new things. I review the lessons prior to our session and make sure I can confidently support the students before I show up in the classroom.

As a volunteer what impact do you hope to have on your students?

I want to hopefully instill in them that education matters. I want kids to understand that regardless of their situation, they can be successful.

KLRU American Graduate | Karen Yokem


We are fortunate to be a part of KLRU’s American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen project. Click on and watch their video above featuring Karen Yokum, an IBM Math Classroom Coaching volunteer, sharing her story about being an APIE Mentor.

Donor Spotlight | Silicon Labs

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Silicon Labs Supports APIE

Photo Left to Right: Bopanna Malachira, Mario, Jackie Padgett, Cathy Jones, Jean Evers, Terrencio and Sridhar Hariharan

The Silicon Labs corporate giving program is primarily focused on education, specifically STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for Austin’s middle and high school at-risk and minority youth. Like APIE, Silicon Labs views volunteer work as an opportunity to build a stronger community. For many years, Silicon Labs’ team members have been engaged volunteers and supporters of students in APIE programs, playing a key role as Math Classroom Coaches and Mentors. Located in the heart of downtown Austin, Silicon Labs, an innovative semiconductor manufacturer, is dedicated to improving the Austin community.

In 2017, Silicon Labs partnered with APIE to provide essential funding for Math Classroom Coaching at Martin Middle School in East Austin.  Silicon Labs’ financial and volunteer support has been key to APIE’s program growth at Martin.  We are honored to be partnered with a company that is dedicated to improving students’ success throughout the Austin community.

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Week of Giving

22538775_10155898401322148_2909696376683546386_oWe had a fun day with our volunteers participating in the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Week of Giving! We would like to thank the Zenith Insurance Company’s team members for coming out to APIE, and helping us with our Math Classroom Coaching material preparation.

Happy Hour Recap

Beginner's ChallengeAPIE volunteers, donors, staff and board members had a wonderful evening mingling and sharing their exciting APIE experiences at Contigo!  We love our volunteers and hope to see YOU at our next gathering.

AISD BOND | November 7th


Would you like more information about the Austin ISD bond? Please click the image above.

Giving Tuesday | November 28th

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This holiday season, give the gift of a mentor or a tutor to students across Austin ISD. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide day of giving to non-profits. APIE greatly appreciates your volunteer work with Austin ISD students, and we are able to create even more of an impact through generous donations.  We look forward to your participation.

All donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

Mark your calendars to support our Mentoring and Math Classroom Coaching programs on November 28th.

Austin Marathon | February 18th
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The 2018 Austin Gives Miles program connects Central Texas non-profit organizations to passionate race participants willing to fundraise and promote awareness for causes that give back to our local community.

Sign Up Now to Run or Fundraise for Our Cause!

Individuals can select Austin Partners In Education as their team to run with and add meaning to training and race day miles by supporting Austin ISD students.

To sign up for the 2018 Austin Marathon go to hhttp://youraustinmarathon.com/registration and select Austin Partners In Education as your team and official Austin Gives Miles Charity.

To fundraise for APIE go to https://www.crowdrise.com/apie/ and select ‘Fundraise for this Campaign’


Email Kiki McGuinn at kmcguinn@austinpartners.org