Principal Lisa Robertson
I am Lisa Robertson, a South Austin native and a product of Austin ISD. The only child in a single parent household, I attended Texas State University, at that time SWTSU, on a bilingual scholarship. I began my more than 32 years in AISD first as a student teacher at Becker Elementary, and then as a first grade bilingual teacher at Govalle Elementary.
Science and language have always been a passion. One year, my husband helped me cover my room in black plastic as our 3rd graders became astronauts. They studied the stars and gave reports about the different planets on a tour during a Govalle Science Fair. Doing things a little different seems to be my “niche”.
I began in 1999 as Principal of THES. During my time as Principal, I have seen a strong community re-emerge within our school community. At the heart of my work is the sincere belief that schools are the center of the community. In order to build a strong school, you have to build strong relationships between the school and families, and between families in the community.
A partner in the process of building these relationships is Austin Interfaith. Though their relationship with THES was already in place when I arrived, I had worked with this organization at two other campuses in Austin during my years as a campus administrator. They have helped our community develop the tools to address critical social issues like housing and educational equality. These issues are influential as we build strong learning communities to support children to learn, serve, and lead.
Family is important to me. I have been married for more than 30 years to Earl Robertson who is a north Austin native, and we have two grown children who are our pride and joy. I am currently enrolled at Texas A&M Commerce working on my doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction. In my free time, I love to dance, ride Harleys, and add more chickens and gardens on the THES campus.
We have set some new standards as an in-district charter school in AISD. I look forward to working with our students, staff, and families to continue our work.
Assistant Principal Carrie Turner
My name is Carrie Turner, and I began at THES in 2012, though I’ve been in education since 2008. I am really passionate about educating children, coffee, and eating good food. On most weekends I can be found walking around the lake or riding my road bike.
I am originally from Houston, Texas, where I grew up playing soccer and spending time with my brother and sister. I decided to move to Austin to get my degree at the University of Texas in Latin American Studies many years ago, and have called Austin home since then.
My journey to learning Spanish started by volunteering in the summer of 2000 with an organization called AMIGOS de las Americas in the Dominican Republic, in and then to Paraguay in 2002. To learn more Spanish I went to Antigua, Guatemala, after my Freshman year at UT. Through my coursework at UT, I got the opportunity to study abroad for a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which taught me so much. My Spanish accent is a very confusing to most, but I think it represents the variety of my travels and learning from important parts of the world.
I love to travel and go somewhere new any chance that I get. I am also passionate about cooking, reading, podcasts, and spending time with my family. My sister and niece recently moved to Austin, and it is so nice to have them close. I also recently got engaged to Sean. He understands how important THES is in my life and gives Charlie more treats than he should eat. Charlie is, of course, my 12 year old Bischon Frise who can be found enjoying the views of Austin from the car with the windows down.
I am really looking forward to this school year because we have so many wonderful things to look forward to. I want to thank all the returning families to our community supported school. Additionally, I want to extend a warm welcome to all the new families. If I haven’t talked to you and learned your child’s names yet, I promise it won’t be long. Without all of you and your wonderful children, we cannot do all the amazing things that THES accomplishes. My favorite part of giving any tour or talking to people who want to know about us is just to tell them, “Come on in and see, you will feel it when you walk in the door.”The most amazing places I have ever traveled to were Machu Picchu in Peru and Cuba. I am dying to go to Egypt to learn more about the history and culture. This summer I am going to Greece to finally see what Rick Riordan and his demi-gods taught me all about.