High School Staff
- Sean Allen, Math Teacher
- Sherre Boothman, Science Teacher
- John Branch, High School Jazz Band Director
- Brian Derrig, English Teacher & Head of English
- Kelly Dickens, Math Teacher
- Nora Dock, International Student Coordinator
- Lisa Dubuque, Director of Student Life & College Counseling
- Marshall Escamilla, Music Teacher
- Sean Fleming, Dean of Students
- Mike Franz, Humanities Teacher & High School Athletics Director
- Lorena Germán, English Teacher
- Claudia Guajardo, Spanish Teacher
- Georgia Helen, Humanities Teacher
- David Heroy, Science Teacher & Outdoor Leadership
- Kelley Janes, Science Teacher & Head of Science
- Sam Jones, Humanities Teacher
- Suzanne Koett, Photography Teacher
- Paul Lambert, Math Teacher
- Andy Lantz, Spanish Teacher
- Marc Lionetti, School Counselor & Vocal Music Director
- Terra Lynch, Learning Specialist
- Sean Manning, Spanish Teacher
- Martha Melendez, Spanish Teacher
- John Mulvany, Art Teacher & Head of Performing and Visual Arts
- Martha Peters, Spanish Teacher & Head of Foreign Languages
- Ryan Phillips, Head of Middle School & High School
- Joe Sokolik, Humanities Teacher & Head of Social Studies
- Yi-Wen Su, Mandarin Teacher
- Alex Thomas, Film Teacher
- Dave Wofford, Core Teacher
- Sarah Youree, English Teacher
Sean Allen, Math Teacher
I received my BA in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia. I’ve worked in education in many different forms since then; as a residential tutor for socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in the Philadelphia suburbs, as a carpentry teacher for an elementary after-school program and a job coach for developmentally disabled adults in Northern California, as a building trades teacher for at-risk teen boys in Vermont, and as a public high school math teacher in Austin.
I’m thrilled to have landed here at Headwaters as a teacher and a coach. Two of my three children attend the Headwaters Elementary and Middle School programs; as a parent I have seen firsthand how special this community can be and how skilled our faculty are at inspiring enthusiasm for learning in our students. I look forward to bringing out the same joy in learning in the students in my math classes.
Sherre Boothman, Science Teacher
I received my B.A. in History with a minor in Biology and my M.A in Education from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. I also completed two years of a three year Masters of Divinity program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. I have taught science in Austin area high schools since September of 2005. I love teaching science in a high school environment!
I am very excited about my first year at the Headwaters High School teaching Chemistry, Biology, and helping with IB Environmental Systems. I look forward to finding the joy of teaching at Headwaters!
John Branch, High School Jazz Band Director
More information about John coming soon!
Brian Derrig, English Teacher & Outdoor Leadership
During my high school years I struggled to find meaning between the bells. My pivotal moment in education came when I enrolled in a semester-long NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course at the age of eighteen. Finally, education was an experience and every experience was an education. This passion for a progressive education led me to Prescott College where I received a BA in English Language Arts and Letters and Education. In subsequent years, an insatiable academic curiosity led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in English through Sam Houston State University, which I received in July of 2008.
In more than a decade of teaching, I have taught in public school arenas including a Juvenile Detention Center, a resource center for the disabled, and Dual Credit/ACC on-campus classes. In 2009, I began teaching the English section of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Stony Point High School in Round Rock and it felt like a return to my core principles. IB emphasizes the growth of the individual while maintaining a social contract with the community. For me, joining the Headwaters community at this momentous point in time (as it adopts IB) has a sense of homecoming and I feel genuinely inspired to pursue a purposeful pedagogy. I am here to offer my students discovery, and my sole desire is to share in their experiences.
Kelly Dickens, Math Teacher & Head of Math
Being and working with teenagers and children brings me joy. I love being surrounded by people (students and staff) engaged in continual learning and growth. I completed a B.A. in Mathematics at UT-Austin, concurrently earning a Texas Teacher’s Certification in Secondary Mathematics and supporting myself by private tutoring. After teaching for Eanes ISD, I detoured into actuarial mathematics. While working as an actuary for 15 years, my wife Linda and I started our family. Our older son, Michael, started at Headwaters in sixth grade, and was soon joined by his brother, Joel. Being a part of this community inspired me to return to teaching, and Linda to serve on the Board of Directors. I am so grateful to have a vocation in which I am called upon to share what matters most.
Nora Dock, International Student Coordinator
I received my BA in French Language and Francophone Literatures with a minor in Economics from Mills College. During my undergraduate career I studied abroad in Madagascar, and fell in love with the transformative power of an international experience. After graduation I sought out opportunities to inspire others to explore the world. My work took me to several countries in Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa—and with each chance to explore and connect with a new culture I learned more about myself and my place in the world. Most recently I worked as an International Advisor at St. Edward’s University, where I was fortunate to work closely with over 200 students each year. My role as an advisor involved providing support to faculty, university administrators, outbound study abroad students and incoming international students. I look forward to becoming a part of the Headwaters Community.
Lisa Dubuque, Director of Student Life & College Counseling
Thanks to one wonderful English teacher in Minnesota, I discovered the career path that would keep me happy and challenged in my work place for the rest of my life. I earned my Bachelor of Art with a major in English Literature and a Minor in Secondary Education. I filled up my free time volunteering at various schools in Fort Collins and mentoring at-risk youth. After an entertaining and challenging stint of teaching public school in Colorado, I made my way to Texas to teach at a private school. Soon after arriving, I was presented with the opportunity of co-founding Headwaters and have been here since. I believe that all teens deserve individualized attention, and I spend much of my time giving that to each student at Headwaters. I am the Director of Student Life and College Counseling, and hail as the general go-to girl for any of your Headwaters-related needs. I recently received my certificate in college counseling from UCLA to better assist our students in their post-secondary goals.
Marshall Escamilla, Music Teacher
After graduating from Bowdoin College with an English degree in 2002, I quickly relocated to Austin, where I have lived ever since. I soon started a band, the Unbearables, with which I have recorded and released three albums, and performed all over the country. In the summer of 2003, I found a position at Headwaters School and I decided that this was the job for me, and that this school would come to transform my life. Originally hired to teach Math, I quickly discovered that my true educational passion lay in sharing music with students, and have managed to build Headwaters’s music program from the ground up. I have turned Headwaters’s music program into a cornerstone of the Headwaters method. Our music program has won several awards at the TAPPS District and State competitions, has performed for school and public events, and features three jazz ensembles. I am proud to be Headwaters’s “first hire” outside of the three founding members.
Sean Fleming, Dean of Students
I feel very fortunate to be working with the amazing students and staff who comprise this wonderful school. Connecting with people is my passion, and guiding the vibrant young minds who attend our school is the most enjoyable use of that passion that I have come across. This is especially true at Headwaters. Our school strikes a unique balance between being a student-focused, holistic institution, while maintaining a rigorous academic standard.
I earned my B.A. from Texas State University in 2005, double-majoring in English and History. After a brief sojourn in the technology industry, a fortuitous meeting with one of the co-founders of the school, Lisa Dubuque, led me to substitute teach at Headwaters School during the 2008 school year, and it was then that I discovered my love of teaching. Marriage and children delayed me from pursuing this dream for a while, but I eventually went back to Texas State to earn my teacher certification and begin working on a Masters degree in Secondary Education, which I will complete in May of 2016. As luck would have it, a teaching position became available at Headwaters after I received my certification and I knew in my heart that this was the place for me. I am very proud to say that this will be my fourth year as a member of the Headwaters community.
In my free time I like to hang out with my wife, Andrea, and our two daughters, Djuna and Margaux. In addition, I enjoy storytelling in its myriad forms and I try to incorporate those elements into my classroom.
Mike Franz, Humanities Teacher & High School Athletics Director
Born and raised in California, I received my B.S. degree in Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara. After finishing my undergraduate education, I traveled the world for ten years, seven of which were spent managing a bicycle tour company in Paris, France. Now settled in Austin, I am thrilled to be teaching and coaching at Headwaters. In the classroom, I am passionate about inspiring others to learn and seek knowledge. On the sporting field, I emphasize hard work, teamwork, and the mental aspect of sports. I am honored and grateful to be part of the Headwaters staff and community. This year I will be the teaching Government/Economics, and coaching high school flag football and soccer.
Lorena Germán, English Teacher
I am a writer and a teacher and I love to read and write about teaching. Teaching, for me, is an act of social justice, and it’s that shared passion that brought me to Headwaters. Being an immigrant from Dominican Republic and growing up in an inner city have shaped me as a person, a woman, and a teacher.
I knew I wanted work with young people in the area of literacy so I earned my undergraduate degree in English and my Master of Arts in English at Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English. I have been published in poetry journals and education journals, with a future publication coming in 2016 about Latinos in education. Most recently, my work earned national recognition with the National Council for Teachers of English. After a year off as I stayed home with baby Analiz, I’m excited to join the Headwaters community and take on Austin as our extended classroom.
Claudia Guajardo, Spanish Teacher
I was born and raised in Matamoros, Mexico, and relocated in 2014 with my husband and two sons to Austin, Texas. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in Mexico for Delphi (General Motors) as an Environmental Engineer for more than seven years. After taking some time off to raise my two sons, I started doing volunteer work at my son’s elementary school. It was there that I discovered my passion for teaching.
I had the opportunity to work for more than four years as an ESL teacher in the Language Learners at the University of Texas Center for Hispanic Achievement (LUCHA) program aimed at helping Spanish-speaking students transition into public high schools at Donna ISD in South Texas. Recently, I worked at the Cathedral School of Saint Mary (CSSM) as a Spanish Teacher serving all grades (PreK4 to 8th grade). At CSSM, I implemented several cultural events and performances in an effort to highlight the customs and heritage of the Hispanic culture.
Estoy muy contenta de ser parte de la familia Headwaters y poder transmitir a mis estudiantes mi lenguaje y cultura!
Georgia Helen, Humanities Teacher
I love facilitating meaningful inquiry, peer learning, civic engagement, service learning, and championing youth voice and expression. As a humanist and culturalist, I am deeply motivated and inspired by Headwaters students’ abilities to imagine, articulate and create models for transformation, social justice, freedom, and discovery. I am honored and excited to learn and grow with our community and seek to offer unique and collaborative contributions to Headwaters programs. My experience is grounded in a nontraditional personal background and the fellowships I received to earn a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MA from Stanford University in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. I have taught in middle school, high school, and college humanities programs stateside and overseas, and I am passionate about the fostering of intercultural relationships and practices. It is such a joy to join the Headwaters family.
David Heroy, Science Teacher & Outdoor Leadership
My love is sharing the beauty of this world with other people. I’ve been doing so at Headwaters since 2008, and I absolutely love it. In addition to teaching Environmental Systems and Society, I founded the Outdoor Leadership Program at Headwaters. My geology research brought me to every continent except Africa and Australia. I published work from Antarctica and Bangladesh and presented it at Cambridge, UK, and was written-up in the journal Science and Discover. My love of nature has been deepened by NOLS, Outward Bound, and leading backpacking trips in California under my own LLC. I have a BA from Colgate, an MS from William and Mary, and a PhD from Rice. Since then, I founded Blackwood Nature Camp in Hempstead, Texas, which received national awards. Finally, I was Assistant Guide for 1st-3rd graders here in Austin at Parkside Montessori, led a cabin at Global Youth Peace Summit, and taught at Lee College in Baytown, TX. In 2003, I met a beautiful architect at a swing dance class, and we got married and have two girls, Cleo and Marion.
Kelley Janes, Science Teacher & Head of Science
I love science. It is a way for me to connect with nature and life on the most meaningful levels. I love teaching as much as I love science. I love Headwaters as much as I love teaching. Hence, I love my work. I teach physics (8th grade physical science, 10th grade Physics, and IB Physics) and astronomy. Much of my formal science education was done in Bellingham, Washington at Western Washington University, where I left the creative writing department and landed happily in the physics department. My studies have taken me to Southern Chile, Baja California, Italy, Mauna Kea, and the McDonald Observatory, which I find to be the happiest place on earth. In my spare time, I can be found practicing Ashtanga yoga, listening to Radio Lab or This American Life, reading old diaries at the Ransom Center, conducting experiments in my kitchen, and oogling over my three kids and my charming husband.
Sam Jones, Humanities Teacher
I am a teacher, pure and simple. Teaching is my passion, my art, my mitzvah. I have taught in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, and in graduate programs. I have taught in Massachusetts, Vermont, Kansas, Nepal, Japan, New York City, Kansas City, and now in Austin. I have taught writing, literature, fifth grade, philosophy, neuroscience, history, analysis of teaching, multicultural history and literature, foundations of education, martial arts, and coached basketball in Nepal. I received my B.A. in English Literature at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon; and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kansas. I worked at the Kansas State Department of Education for 14 years and was the state liaison to the Native American community in Kansas. At the State Department I was part of a team that encouraged educators to consider the issues of traditionally underachieving populations, multicultural education, cooperative learning, community-based schools, parent involvement, teacher expectations, gender issues, and school improvement. There, I developed a series of annual conferences called Kansans of Color, and another annual conference on Native American education called Council Fires. I also conducted yearly No-TV Weeks in elementary schools throughout the state and traveled as a roaming storyteller, a habit that culminated in a statewide conference on multicultural storytelling. When not teaching or telling stories, I can be found on 360 riding my bike or at Barton Springs or at any of the music venues in town.
Suzanne Koett, Photography Teacher
My obsession with art, photography and making pictures began at 14. Since then I’ve applied the camera as a tool to create a visual language, mostly demystifying the human condition, life and also to be understood. Originally from the SF Bay Area, I graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Fine Art Photography in 2001. As a contemporary fine art photographer, I show my work both locally and nationally. (http://suzannekoett.com/). I feel fortunate to be a part of a community where I can instill passion, creativity, self-awareness and to foster an environment where students are free to experiment with their ideas and to be understood through their art. Since 2010, I have administered and expanded the photography program from two classes to four, seen a myriad of my students become exhibiting artists, and have had a phenomenal time doing so. In my free time I like to hang out with my wife, Camille, make art, go on road trips, travel to foreign lands, and play Tuesday night Bingo.
Paul Lambert, Math Teacher
Learning and teaching are at the core of our family culture. My mother was a teacher and high school counselor, my brother is a teacher, and my wife is a teacher and university academic counselor. I have been an educator for sixteen years–thirteen as a teacher and basketball coach, and the last two teaching special education mathematics. I am passionate about the Houston Astros, solar energy, and spending time with my family. I am excited to guide my students to build the skills they need to become their best, authentic selves.
Andy Lantz, Spanish Teacher
I come from a pretty long line of teachers, so I always had a feeling that I would end up in the classroom. Over the past several years, I have had the great opportunity to teach students of nearly all ages, and it has brought me so much joy. In my mind, there is nothing more satisfying than playing a role in students’ successes, guiding others to pursue their passions in life, or having a captive audience for my many bad jokes. I am excited and honored to do so this year as a Spanish teacher at Headwaters School.
I received my teaching license and BA in Spanish from Luther College in 2007, taught elementary and middle school Spanish back in my Wisconsin hometown, and then changed things up by teaching math at an American school in Querétaro, Mexico, for one year. Since 2009, I have been pursuing my PhD in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University, where I have taught Spanish and Film Studies courses. In my free time, you can find me exploring the outdoors, catching a live music or comedy act, cheering for Minnesota sports teams, and searching for my next cup of espresso.
Marc Lionetti, School Counselor & Vocal Music Director
I received my undergraduate degree in Music Education from Northwestern University, and was a full-time music teacher for eight years at a small progressive private school in the San Francisco Bay Area. After that time, I felt an inner calling to interact with students as a counselor in addition to as a teacher. That calling ultimately led me to the Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin, where I received a Masters of Education in Counselor Education in 2008. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas, and I have been serving as Headwaters School counselor (and vocal music director) since 2009. In addition, I am certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, with specialized training in Kundalini yoga. Outside of my work at Headwaters, I also perform music regularly around town with various bands, and teach private music lessons.
Terra Lynch, Learning Specialist
I come from a long line of teachers, but it wasn’t until I moved to New York City that I became one myself. I taught Humanities, Spanish, and Music Appreciation at high school in Manhattan. I got my Master’s in Social Studies Education from New York University, and became an affiliate of the School Reform Initiative. Since moving to Austin several years ago I have been an instructional coach, a tutor, and a volunteer. I return to NYU each summer to teach a Facilitative Leadership Seminar for school administrators and teacher leaders.
My brain changed when I became an educator, and now I can’t stop thinking (and talking) about teaching and learning! My experiences living in Brazil, Spain, and Egypt attuned me to the challenges of language learners. My years in project management help me think about lesson planning, data, and outcomes. I am constantly looking for creative ways to make teaching more effective and efficient, and to make learning engaging and equitable for all kinds of students. As the parent of dyslexic children, I am especially attuned to the needs of those who may not succeed in a traditional classroom–I even became trained in Dyslexia Therapy at the Rawson Saunders Institute to better understand and support their learning. As a graduate of an International Baccalaureate program myself, I felt a connection to the Headwaters School. I am so happy to be the Learning Specialist at the River Campus, collaborating with thoughtful teachers in ways to meet the needs of our diverse students.
When I’m not talking about education, you can find me reading, cooking, leading a robotics team, or on the greenbelt with my husband, our two children, and our energetic dogs. Please stop and say hi!
Sean Manning, Spanish Teacher
I have a B.S. in Geology, an M.A. in Spanish, and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Poetry. Scattered among these degrees are travels and years of living in Ireland, Spain, and France. We are always searching for a reality that better suits our self while also trying to find our self inside a reality, and language is how we attempt to render each of them concrete. When considering the mystic accuracy between certain words and their meanings, Jorge Luis Borges wondered, “who discovered the word “pampa,” that infinite word that is like a sound and its echo?” Resembling those expansive Argentine plains, we chase our horizon with a devotion equal to that of the echo endlessly following its sound.
As a Spanish instructor, my goal is to direct students towards words that they might want to keep, to thoughts that might better explain their own, and to develop their gazes so that they may see themselves and others more clearly. I feel fortunate to have been welcomed into Headwaters School where sincerity and creativity thrive in a rare form of academic affection that embraces the billowy “cloud,” the thundery “nube,” and the wispy “nuage” alike.
Martha Melendez, Spanish Teacher
I am originally from Los Angeles, California, but I lived in San Francisco for a large part of my adult life. My passion for foreign languages came at an early age for me. My maternal language is Spanish and as a child, I lived in Mexico. When my family returned to the U.S., I was able to understand English, but I didn’t know how to speak, read, nor write it. I was therefore put in ESL classes in elementary school and before I knew it and before anyone expected it, I was completely literate and fluent in English. I loved it! From then on, my parents were very strict on keeping Spanish the household language and English whenever we were outside of the home. In high school, I was given the opportunity to appease my appetite for foreign languages and took up French. I went on and graduated from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO with a Masters in French and have travelled extensively around France and Western Europe. I am excited to be a part of the Headwaters community and I hope to inspire and transfer that same passion for languages onto my students.
John Mulvany, Art Teacher & Head of Performing and Visual Arts
I am an artist and art educator originally from Ireland who has been living and working in Austin for the last 13 years. This is my twentieth year teaching art and my fifth at Headwaters School, where, in addition to teaching AP Art, High School Art, and Middle School Art, I am head of the Visual Arts program. This year I am also teaching an art class to the Upper Elementary class at the Elementary campus. Teaching at Headwaters School has been my most rewarding and inspiring experience in education.
I graduated from the College of Art, Design and Print in Dublin, Ireland with a Fine Art degree, and I also have a degree in art and design education from the Crawford College of Art in Cork, Ireland. As an artist my work has been shown in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and the U.S. I was featured in the 2009 Texas Biennial and was nominated for best artist in the 2009 Austin Visual Arts Association awards. My most recent exhibitions were a solo exhibition at Texas Lutheran University and a show at Gray Duck Gallery in Austin last April. I live in east Austin with my wife, Monique, and our two sons, Henry and Cormac, who are starting in the Primary and YCC Programs at Headwaters School’s Primavera campus this year.
Martha Peters, Spanish Teacher & Head of Foreign Languages
I was born in Mexico City, but spent my formative years in San Antonio. I’ve also had the pleasure of living in New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Kansas City, MO & KS; and Centreville, VA. I received my B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1999 while simultaneously teaching Spanish 1-8 at Clay-Platte Montessori. Although I had no formal training as a Montessori teacher, I felt completely at home. From 2004-2012, I taught Spanish K-8 for the archdiocese of Kansas City. In May of 2013, I proudly received my M.A. in Romance Languages and Spanish Literature. In addition to teaching, I enjoy mentoring young students in Hispanic communities. Most recently, I mentored two young women at Cristo Rey Catholic School. When I’m not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Valeria; my son, William; and my husband, Michael. I also enjoy traveling, reading, singing (mostly in the shower), and dancing. It is with great excitement that I begin my third year at Headwaters.
Ryan Phillips, Director of the Middle School & High School
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, I graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in English and History. After graduation, I joined the Public Policy Research Institute as a research associate studying the effects of poverty on sentencing guidelines in the State of Texas. After the report was complete, and probably read only by me, I left Texas for Annapolis, Maryland where I graduated from St. John’s College with an M.A. in Liberal Arts. While at St. John’s, I became interested in the nature of happiness, specifically in what makes me happy. Much to the horror and surprise of every teacher who had the misfortune of having me as a student, it became clear that my passion lies in education. Upon graduation I joined the staff of The Touchstones Discussion Project, a non-profit specializing in collaborative learning methodologies, where I ran discussion groups with inmates at the Maryland House of Corrections and The Juvenile Detention Center in Baltimore. In 2008 I became the Director of School Programs for Touchstones in charge of teacher training and program development. Over my time with Touchstones I had the honor of working with thousands of teachers and professionals from around the world including Brazil, Haiti, Burma, and Jordan, where I spent two weeks in 2010 as a consultant to the Ministry of Education.
At Headwaters, I have held the roles of High School Humanities teacher, Social Studies Department Lead, Dean of Culture, and Head of the Middle School. It is my great honor to continue in my role as Middle School Head this year, and to act as Interim Head of High School as well.
Joe Sokolik, Humanities Teacher & Head of Social Studies
My passion for history emerged while I was enrolled as a Civil Engineering student at the University of Texas. My degree plan required me to take an American History course, and thanks to the efforts of one inspiring professor, I developed an insatiable thirst for historical knowledge and made up my mind to become an educator. I have taught at Headwaters School since 2007 and am constantly humbled to be surrounded by such a talented staff and so many sharp young minds. I hold a BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in History from Texas State University. I also dabble in the musical arts, have played at most Austin music festivals, and my main ensemble, Hard Proof, has won more than one Austin Music Award.
Yi-Wen Su, Mandarin Teacher
I am so honored to be a part of the Headwaters family! I am originally from Taiwan. Knowing that I have always wanted to become a teacher, I started tutoring as a university student. After graduating in Taiwan with a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures along with a minor in Middle/High School Teacher Education, I decided to come to the U.S. to further my study. Graduating as a Longhorn, I got my Masters Degree in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas at Austin. My research interests are foreign language anxiety and Chinese pedagogy. I have been teaching Mandarin as a foreign language in the Austin area for two years, and I am truly enjoying it. I believe that learning a foreign language can not only broaden one’s horizon to different cultures but also provide a different way to look at the world.
Alex Thomas, Film Teacher
After receiving an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin, I found a home at Headwaters in 2010. In middle and high school film courses we write screenplays, study film academia, edit using professional software, play trivia games, and make movies—all lifelong passions of mine. In 2013, I founded the Austin Youth Film Festival with another local film instructor and the festival has thrived ever since. AYFF provides the opportunity for students across Texas to share their work on the big screens of the Alamo Drafthouse, compete for prizes up to $1,000, and meet inspiring filmmakers (including Richard Linklater!). Headwaters film students have screened, won awards, and hosted every festival thus far. Through our work with Alamo theaters, we have also been able to view classic films at the cinema each semester, meet the cast and crew of major productions, and even create shorts for the theater that have screened nationwide.
Getting to know each student and helping foster a love of learning and creative expression is what makes coming to work meaningful and fun. These kids teach me something new every single day. We also laugh a lot in our classroom. You can watch our student films and Headwaters’s own TV show, Office Hours, by subscribing to “Headwaters Student Films” on Youtube. I think my profound love of education shines through most luridly in one particularly groovy segment titled “Disco Break.”
Dave Wofford, Core Teacher
Born and raised in Fort Worth, I completed my BA in Philosophy at UT Austin in between stints backpacking and camping in the national forests out west and exploring various contemplative practices as a student and teacher. Since an early age I have felt equally comfortable among mystics, engineers, poets, and scientists. Thus, I joined Headwaters School faculty in 2006, and have served at various times as Humanities Teacher, Advisor, Wilderness Guide, Dean of High School, and Assistant Director. I’ve also taken time to complete my MA in Psychology and Counseling, and I am currently working in the evenings with adolescents and adults as an LPC-Intern providing psychotherapy and cognitive training. When time allows I also do some blogging on education, psychology, and well-being.
For the 2015-2016 year, I will be teaching Wellness and Communication, IB Foundations, and Theory of Knowledge 2. My teaching philosophy emphasizes the value of character, a growth mindset, and relentless curiosity. My wife and I live in South Austin with our three-year-old, Charlie, who will be a Roadrunner this year, our infant daughter, Ladye Kate, and one hyperactive dog.
Sarah Youree, English Teacher
Reading and talking about books is by far my favorite pastime, so I see teaching English as a pleasure and a privilege. I earned a B.A. in Spanish and Communication from Southwest Baptist University and an M.A. in English Literature from Texas State University. I have been a teacher for more than 15 years, having taught middle school, high school, and university students. I have taught Spanish, English, and ESL at the secondary level. Recently, as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Texas State University, I taught classes in American literature, rhetoric and composition, and teacher preparation. I also worked at Texas State’s innovative Writing Center. I love exploring the spaces in and among language, literature, and culture.
International travel has been an integral part of my life and my approach to the classroom. I have lived in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Spain for extended periods, and I have also been greatly influenced by long stays in Italy, Mexico, and Sweden. The many reasons I am drawn to Headwaters include the IB curriculum and our commitment to creating peaceful global citizens. This hopeful vision of the future is what guides me as I prepare to join the Headwaters family this fall.