We are excited to announce our partnership with Austin ISD to implement a new volunteer management platform at austinisd.voly.org. Please note that all volunteer registration for VOLY platform will start on August 8th, 2024. Austin ISD's VOLY portal will start accepting applications for specific volunteer and campus programs on August 15th, 2024.

We are pleased to share the winners of the 2024 APIE Champion Awards. These individuals and groups have gone above and beyond to support Austin ISD students. Our honorees embody what it means to serve with heart, and they inspire both students and the Austin community. Read on to learn more about our 2024 Champions!


GEAR UP Champions

APIE presents the GEAR UP Champion award to staff at LBJ Early College High School. Pictured from left to right are: Tristan Nieto, APIE Lead Advocate; Treshayla Wilson, GU Facilitator; Shelia Henry, Principal; Cathy Jones, APIE Executive Director; Amy Moore, College Readiness Manager.

Community Partner Champion

Mentor Champion of the Year 

  • Terry Scholars at UT Austin [Note: You can read more about their work at Crockett ECHS in our blog post from earlier this year.]

Math Classroom Coaching Champion

  • UT Austin ZBT

APIE Volunteer Superstars

This award recognized APIE volunteers who have served in schools for 10 or more years. Ten volunteers fell into this category, and we celebrated them with a special ceremony during our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the end of April.


  • Derrick Townsend
  • Lee Dawson Jr.
  • Josie Diaz
  • Trinidad San Miguel
  • Bianca Xoyamayagua-Galvan

APIE presents awards to the Mentor Superstars at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on April 29. Pictured from left to right are: Cathy Jones, APIE Executive Director; Derrick Townsend, 36 Year Mentor; Lee Dawson Jr., 18 Year Mentor; Josie Diaz, 14 Year Mentor; Trinidad San Miguel, 11 Year Mentor and APIE Board Member; Bianca Xoyamayagua-Galvan, 10 Year Mentor; Wen Nguyen, School Connections Manager

Pagtuturo sa Silid ng Matuwid
  • Cara James
  • Anita Sadun
  • Medha Fox
  • Tyresse Horn
  • Cathy Jones

APIE presents awards to the Math Classroom Coaching Superstars at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on April 29. Pictured from left to right are: Cathy Jones, 12 Year Volunteer and APIE Executive Director; Cara James, 13 Year Volunteer; Sandy Bootz, Math Classroom Coaching Coordinator. Not pictured: Anita Sadun, 13 Year Volunteer; Medha Fox, 12 Year Volunteer; and Tyresse Horne, 10 Year Volunteer

Mentor Coordinator Champion

  • Odera Anyasinti, Crockett Early College High School [Note: Check out our Q&A with Odera in this blog post from earlier this year.]

APIE presents the Mentor Coordinator of the Year award to Odera Anyasinti at Crockett Early College High School (Odera pictured in center with flower bouquet).  


Volunteer Coordinators of the Year 

  • Kleyder Medina, Northeast ECHS 
  • Blanca Salgado, Pecan Springs Elementary 
Website Holiday Message - 400 x 700 px

Austin Partners in Education will be closed beginning Friday, December 22 and ending Friday, January 5. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, January 8. All emails, phone calls, and volunteer background check applications will be completed upon our return. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy Holidays!

Austin Partners in Education cerrará comenzando el viernes 22 de diciembre y hasta el viernes 5 de enero. Volveremos al horario comercial normal el lunes 8 de enero. Todos los correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas y solicitudes de verificación de antecedentes de voluntarios se completarán a nuestro regreso. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. ¡Felices Fiestas!