Transforming middle school teaching and learning.

The Right Team

The Right TeamInvestors can only invest with confidence, and schools will only want to take part in, a project that has the right team behind it.  The RAISEup Texas Expansion Plan has a proven team of partners working together to bring powerful skills and experiences to the success of the project. Together, these partners will support the transformation “ecosystem” including students, teachers, on-site instructional coaches, principals, and campus and district staff across the region and beyond to ensure the success of every participating school.

The E3 Alliance Team

Matt Pope
Senior Program Director of RAISEup Texas

Matt Pope is the former Principal of the award-winning Simon Middle School in Hays County.  Under his leadership, Simon MS achieved recognition as a “2014 National School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and was chosen as a “SIM Impact School Award” winner by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.  In 2015 Simon MS was recognized as the State of Texas “School of Character” by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.  Matt was honored as a Salud Hero from Salud America! for his work with increasing the health and wellness of Hispanic Students, and highlighted by the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk as a top secondary leader for implementing Response to Intervention.  Matt has been featured in the Tribune Magazine and the Association of Middle Level Educators national publications..  At E3 Alliance, Matt oversees the management and growth of RAISEup Texas, a whole-school model transforming middle school teaching and learning with the potential to impact tens of thousands of middle school students in Central Texas. He also volunteers as the Regional Director of Raise Your Hand Texas, organizing school leaders from all over the Austin Metropolitan region. Matt holds Bachelors of Public Administration from Texas State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Teri Clement
Project Manager of RAISEup Texas

After 10 years in the private sector as a corporate trainer, Teri returned to the public school classroom, determined to make a difference in the lives of students and communities through education. Teri’s passion for educational change led her to a school leadership role at Simon Middle School at Hays CISD, just as they were beginning to implement the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) through the RAISEup Texas project. During the past five years of instructional leadership at Simon, she has earned certification both as a Principal and Content Enhancement Professional Developer from University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. Teri joined RAISEup Texas as a Project Manager in 2016 determined to advocate and work for school transformation. Teri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts from the University of Houston-Victoria focused on History and Administrative Education.

Amy Havard
Project Manager of RAISEup Texas

Amy Havard is the Project Manager of RAISEup Texas, responsible for ensuring project fidelity across multiple schools and supporting campuses participating in the project.  Amy has over 15 years of experience in education and is currently serving as is a certified professional developer in the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) and has conducted multiple training sessions in both Learning Strategies (LS) and Content Enhancement Routines (CER).  In 2010 Amy became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Early Adolescent Mathematics from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  Previously, Amy worked as a SIM Instructional Coach, Mathematics teacher, and Interventionist within the Austin and Round Rock school districts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Teaching degree from City University of Seattle.