Meeting 5 – 06 November 2018

- Refresher: Jill on where volunteers should be in their mentoring journeys (What KIPP is, who KIPP serves, what roles mentors have, how many visits mentors should have done)

- Special guest speakers: Sara Green-Otero, Chris Perez, and Nicole Franklin


Guest Speaker Bios

I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Then in 2006 I graduated with my MSSW from the University of Texas.  Since graduating I have worked in child protective services, medical social work (adults and youth), juvenile probation and now in a school setting. I have been working as the middle school social worker at KIPP Austin Academy of Arts & Letters for 6 years. I served in a leadership role as a community liaison for our Mental Health Team regionally for the past two years and am currently in a management position for three of the social workers on our KIPP Texas-Austin regional Mental Health Team.

My name is Chris Perez and I am originally from South Texas (Donna, TX). I received my bachelors degree in Mathematics and teaching certification at Texas A&M University. After college, I worked for Advise TX TAMU Chapter in Brownsville as a College Advisor. Then, I taught Algebra I & Geometry in Brownsville. I am currently in graduate school at Texas State and studying Developmental Education-Math Concentration. I am in my 5th year in working with KIPP as a College Counselor/Seminar Teacher.


My name is Nicole Franklin, I am one of the few Austin’s original Austinites (born and raised). I am the mother of eight children, ranging from 27 to 11 years old. I have 15 years with the City of Austin at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport as the Community Services Program Manager. I have had the pleasure of being a part of the KIPP family 16 years now with all of my children attending KIPP. I have truly appreciated the opportunity for me to join the KIPP family and growing with it.

To Do
- Read ANTHONY SALERNO BIO – Come up with questions to ask!

Anthony is currently the Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP Austin Public Schools in Austin, Texas. In his role as Director, Anthony has built out college access and persistence programming to support all KIPP Austin students, alumni, and families on the pathway to and through college. During his tenure at KIPP Austin Public Schools, Anthony also had the opportunity to teach 8th grade American History at KIPP Austin College Prep during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years. Prior to his arriving at KIPP Austin, Anthony worked at New York City College of Technology at the City University of New York where he was the lead academic advisor and career counselor for a Title V program that helped place incoming freshman, the majority of whom were low-income and/or first generation students, into career-based learning communities to increase persistence and graduation. Anthony received a B.A. in English with a minor in Secondary Education from Brooklyn College. Outside of school, when he’s not running around the backyard with his three kids and border collie, Anthony can be found working in his garden or tackling woodworking projects in his garage.

- Next class is our last class on November 13

- Keep GOING!!!! Your commitment/time is exactly what our KIPPsters need. Keep it up!