Judy Hayes
Administrative Assistant
email: jhayes6228@austin.rr.com

Lynn Kirby, MLA

Lynn Kirby, MLA.
CPE Director
Instructor: Science, EC-6th grade & PPR |

Lynn Kirby teaches at The University of Texas at Austin with the UTeach Program, preparing highly qualified young science and math teachers. Prior to that, she spent seventeen years in the classroom where she developed curriculum for 6th, 7th and 8th grade science classes, established and taught elective classes in Environmental Science, Anthropology, Geology of Texas, Plant Studies and Navigating the Internet. Lynn has also worked to create a Pre-AP Program designed for Kealing to help bridge minority students into the magnet program. Lynn was the co-chairperson for the national College Board committee writing the AP Vertical Team Guide for Science and she and Jason Hook co-authored Laying the Foundations: Pre-AP Middle School Science Life/Earth and The Lighthouse Guide to Science. She received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MLA from St. Edwards University and is a Microsoft Certified Professional and Trainer.

Scott Pass
Instructor: Mathematics |

Scott Pass has taught Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Statistics over the past 16 years. He coordinated the Advanced Placement program at Taylor High School. He taught AP Calculus at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas for eight years, and currently teaches AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Reagan High School in Austin, Texas in an effort to improve mathematics instruction in an urban public school setting. Early in his teaching career he participated in the Institute of Advanced Studies/Park City Mathematics Institute, which vertically aligns various mathematics professionals and students to help stimulate the reform of mathematics teaching. This formative experience stimulated an interest in mathematical problem solving as a catalyst to draw out mathematical thought from his students. Scott has trained with the College Board in areas such as AP Vertical Teams, technology, and advanced topics related to the teaching of Pre-AP® Mathematics and AP Calculus. Scott Pass is a College Board® consultant and leads workshops in Pre-AP® Mathematics Topics, AP® Vertical Teams, and AP® Calculus.

Bill Staples
Instructor: Social Studies |

Bill Staples has a BFA in education from the University of Texas. With a background in the performing arts, Bill approaches the regular classroom setting with a different perspective than most teachers. He is very comfortable with programs such as History Alive that mirror his own style of teaching. He understands that teaching to a variety of learning styles is key; combining lecture/discussion, analyzing primary source documents, using hands-on kinesthetic exercises, and allowing the students to be responsible for much of the material in the curriculum is very important. Bill has taught since 1985, working on the middle school level and the high school level. In 1990, he took the job as theatre director at McCallum High School in Austin, Texas. In the position as theatre director, he was a founding member of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy. During this decade, Bill became involved with the Boston based organization, Facing History and Ourselves. His work with this organization took him to the International Tolerance Festival held in a former Nazi Holocaust camp located in Terezin, Czech Republic. Bill began as a workshop participant but eventually became a faculty member with the festival. In 2000, he moved into the social studies area at McCallum teaching in a Pre-Advanced Placement program where sophomore level English and World History connect with several shared assignments and team teaching. During the summer of 2007, Bill was engaged to teach at the Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. In the past few years, Bill has also helped to guide the McCallum Social Studies area as co-chair of the department. With his varied experience, Bill feels that he can be a guide, mentoring individuals wishing to enter the teaching profession.

Flor Mota
Instructor: English |

Flor Mota taught for the Austin Independent School District for 15 years. For three years, she taught pre-AP English at Johnston High School (now Eastside Memorial). After training with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s largest and oldest network of local faith and community-based organizations, she also worked as a community organizer recruiting neighborhood parents to become involved in school initiatives. After Johnston, Ms. Mota taught pre-AP English and Film Analysis at McCallum High School for 12 years, and served as the English Department’s co-Chair during her last four years. She was named McCallum’s Teacher of the Year in 2012 and was a semifinalist for AISD Teacher of the Year. She has mentored dozens of future English teachers, sponsored numerous student organizations, and, with the assistance of Middlebury College’s “Write To Change” Grant, founded the first peer-to-peer Writing Center in AISD. Ms. Mota earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and her M.A. in 2014 from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She currently serves as ACC Cypress Creek Learning Lab Manager in Cedar Park, where she continues to mentor students and teacher-tutors.