Erin Alathea Ronder

We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop. ~ Paulo Coelho

My resume

Erin A. Ronder

P.O. Box 33541
Austin, Texas 78764
(512) 576-2166


To work with communities across the globe for access to education, wellness and resources

Work Experience:

Ruta Maya International World HQ  1995-2011

·         Community Wellness Program Coordinator 2003-2004

·         Facilities  Oversight Director 2005-2006

Colegio Curenavaca 2002

o    ESL instructor in private school setting for grade 3.

o    Comunidad Educativa de Espanol en Kukulcan

Starbright Preschool 2002 & 2003

o    Co-teacher of the rainbow classroom (ages 2-3) with lead teacher Annie Gunn during the summer

o    Co-teacher of the dragonfly class (ages 5-9) with lead teacher Jennifer Flores.

Becker Elementary- Prime Time Program  2003

o    Provided exploratory mathematics curriculum activities to students grade K-3

Casa Xelaju 2003

o    Worked with native Spanish speakers (ages 3-18) in after school outreach program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

o    Co-created documentary of ESL techniques with my eight year old daughter, Kaya, as assistant cinematographer

South Austin Children's Cooperative 2003-2004

o    Development and implementation of curriculum for parent run preschool cooperative

o    Lead teacher for both toddler and preschool classrooms

Maplewood Elementary 2004-2005

o    Bilingual Kindergarten teacher for AISD

Austin Discovery School 2005-2009

·         Kindergarten - 1st grade teacher for new charter school

·         Development Coordinator for charter school

AHB Community School 2009-2013

  • Interim Executive Director
  • Executive Director
  • Educational Consultant

Khabele + Strong Incubator
    • Business Administrator

Integrity Academy at Casa de Luz, Center for Integral Studies 2013 - present

    • Founder
    • Executive Director 

Enlight Ignite: Diverse Edu-Ecosystems

    • Co-Founder & Chief Implementer

Related Volunteer and Non-profit Experience:

Austin Public Library  1988 - summer

¨       Worked as a page in the children?s books section

¨       responsible for cleaning record albums and checking books

Principal's Advisory Council 1988

¨       worked closely with Victoria Baldwin, principal of Fulmore Middle School, in establishing better resources for and communication with students

 People's Community Clinic 1989-1992

¨       Patient's Board of Directors

¨       Laboratory assistant

¨       Health educator

¨       Pre-natal counselor

¨       HIV counselor

¨       Public speaking at health industry conventions

 Teen Help Line 1990-1992

¨       Board of Directors

¨       Answering phone bank calls for distressed teens

¨       Training of phone bank operators

¨       Fundraising coordinator

¨       Public speaking at industry conventions

 Out Youth Austin 1991

¨       Assisted integration of Out Youth Austin into our phone bank

 March of Dimes 1991

¨       Member of community outreach

 Peer Assistance in Leadership (PALS) 1992

·         Mentoring at-risk students at Winn Elementary and Porter Middle School

 LIFE  1989-1992

·         Founder of organization to confront the realities of teen sex, sexuality and sexual orientation through public speaking, information booths and community action campaigns.

Alonzo de la Veracruz Primaria  1998

  • Designed ESL curriculum for multiage classroom environment.
  • Co-facilitated ESL class with  Edith Vecerill grades K-5.

KLRU (PBS affiliate) Educational Outreach 2000

  • Co-facilitated the Mother Goose Asks Why literacy project for underprivileged mothers
  • Co-facilitated the Between the Lions literacy project for parents, teachers and bilingual/literacy specialists

Central Texas Writer's Project & Project Alcanzar  2002-2003

·         Member of this grant funded research team

·         Created a multimedia educational package for professional teachers in Central Texas exploring ESL techniques for use with their students.

Clearview Sudbury School board of directors 2007-2010

  • Founder's Council -Member
  • Board of Directors - Treasurer

Austin Discovery School board of trustees 2008-2009

  • Board of Directors - Member

Education Transformation Alliance 2011 - present

  • Founder's Council - Member
  • Representative Council - Treasurer

Conscious Garden 2014 - 2015

  • Executive Director

Natural Learning Foundation 2015- present

  • Executive Director


The Science Academy of Austin at LBJ High School 1988-1992

  • Emphasis in Math, Sciences, and computer science
  • National Merit Hispanic Finalist
  • Graduation with Honors 

The University of Texas at Austin 1993-1999 

·         BA Major in History, Minor in Applied Learning and Development

ITSEM  Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 1998

·         Spanish for educators


Texas State University - San Marcos 2000-2004

¨       M.Ed. in elementary education with a specialization in bilingual/bicultural  instruction

-    Member of the Central Texas Writing Project  cohort 2002-03

¨       Member of the Kappa Delta Pi

¨       3 awards as Graduate Research Assistant to Pricilla Hoke, Tucker Blythe, Dr. Stephens, Dr. Werner and Dr. Radcliff

¨       3 time scholarship winner for research in Mexico and Guatemala


Texas State University - San Marcos 2007-2013 

·       Ph.D. in Educational Administration  School Improvement (ABD)

·       Three time appointment as Graduate Instructional Assistant to Dr. Stephen P. Gordon

·       Appointment as Graduate Instructional Assistant to Dr. Rosalinda Barrera (Dean of the College of Education)

·       Appointment by Dean of College of Education to the E3 Alliance (Education Equals Excellence) think tank

·       Scholarship winner for continued research in Guatemala

·       Scholarship winner of Texas State Graduate College

  • Three-time appointment to Clinton Global Initiative University (Texas, 2010; Florida, 2011; Washington D.C., 2012)
  • Recipient of Outstanding Commitment Award at CGIU 2010
  • Campus Representative 2011 - 2012
  • Commitment Mentor 2012



·       Educational Administration, Personnel Management, Program Management, Program Development, Research, Teaching

·       My biography is found at:

·       My auto-ethnography video is found at:

·       My personal education theory is found at:



Raising my two daughters, gardening, community building, wellness opportunities, child and family yoga and competitive rowing.


Evidence of the Portfolio Planning Matrix criteria found here for:



 Foster life-long learning in self


 Facilitate professional growth for self




 Provide leadership to a learning organization


 Facilitate the change process


 Facilitate group development and group processes


 Facilitate professional growth for others


 Foster life-long learning in others


 Apply epistimology and learning theory to practice


 Apply principals and practices of adult teaching and learning


 Facilitate human resource and professional development for learners in occupational, professional and volunteer roles


 Plan and develop learning program responsive to human professional and community settings


 Lead and manage the delivery of educational programs in post secondary, adult and community  settings


 Facilitate school improvement efforts


 Supervise curriculum and instructional improvement efforts



 Engage in scholarly research, writing and presentations

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