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Audience in Lecture






Senior Director


Educate Texas


Priscilla Aquino Garza is the Senior Director of Programs for Educate Texas, a non-profit organization committed to increasing academic achievement and educational equity through programs, policy, and partnerships. Priscilla leads teaching and leading efforts committed to building more skilled teachers and leaders who represent our African Americans, Latine, and children living in poverty. Previously, Priscilla served as the Director of Policy for Educate Texas focusing on K-12 policy within our college and career readiness and effective teaching impact areas.

Before Educate Texas, Priscilla served as the interim Executive Director and Deputy Director at an organizing nonprofit called Stand for Children, Texas, leading organizing, and policy strategies related to empowering students and parents in local and state policy efforts. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Educator and Student Policy Initiatives at the Texas Education Agency, focusing on teacher preparation, development, evaluation, mentoring, and selection. She then served as a research associate for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative. Priscilla started her career as a middle school teacher in Boston, New York, and Austin. She coached soccer, led the yearbook club, and hosted non-traditional career conferences at her middle school to inspire students to follow their passions.

Priscilla holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard University, a master’s of public administration from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Educational Leadership Policy and Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. She has received a Graduate School Diversity Mentoring Fellowship, a Texas New Scholar Award, and a University Graduate Fellowship. Her research focused on the impact of Latine educators on outcomes for Latine and Black students. Originally from New York City, Priscilla lives in Austin with her husband and two children.

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