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Leadership Development Coordinator
The Institute for Excellence
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We are thrilled to announce the members of the 5th Academy of the Institute for Excellence! This is an inspiring group of educators who are eager to take on additional leadership responsibilities at a time when so many educators are exiting the field. Congratulations to all!

Institute for Excellence - 5th Academy

  • Leslie Abbott, Art Teacher, Barton Creek Elementary
  • Lindsay Bailey, School Counselor, Valley View Elementary
  • Larry Embrey, Athletic Coordinator and Texas History and Social Studies Teacher, Hill Country Middle School
  • Silvia Garza, Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Teacher, Cedar Creek Elementary
  • Irene Hidalgo, 3rd Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher, Cedar Creek Elementary
  • Meredith Joseph, 3rd Grade LA/SS Teacher, Bridge Point Elementary 
  • Brett La Bissoniere, 7th Grade Science Teacher, West Ridge Middle School
  • Kevin Percival, Behavior Support Teacher, West Ridge Middle School
  • Ashley Ryan, 1st Grade Teacher, Barton Creek Elementary 
  • Nicki Smith, Special Education Teacher, Forest Trail Elementary
  • Bereket Tesfay, AP World History and US History Teacher, Westlake High School

The Institute for Excellence is a leadership academy for campus-based professional staff members of Eanes ISD. The leadership academy strives to cultivate classroom, campus and district leaders and expand a culture of innovation and excellence in Eanes ISD.

Members of the Institute participate in an initial retreat followed by monthly seminars with instruction from guest speakers, district faculty and professional mentors. Activities include:

  • ★ Readings, reflections and discussions
  • ★ Projects, problem-solving and experiential learning
  • ★ Personal strengths coaching and professional goal setting

Watch this video to learn more:

The Institute for Excellence

Generously supported by the 

Eanes Education Foundation