The Department of Leadership Development

Everything we do in Leadership Development is grounded in our AISD Values and the AISD Leadership Framework. At Austin ISD, we encourage the pursuit of leadership and continuous learning. To support these efforts, we have developed robust learning experiences that incorporate a tailored curriculum, multiple learning modalities and valuable face time with seasoned mentors. At AISD, we actively seek to help you achieve your goals and support your growth as a leader.

Aspiring Leaders

Leadership Preparation Programs and Opportunities


  • Principal Residency Program. AISD partners with the University of Texas to provide a unique hands-on administrative learning experience through the Principal Residency Program. Participants in this program work to acquire a Master’s Degree and Principal’s Certification from the University of Texas at Austin, while serving an AISD school as an assistant principal intern.
  • Texas State University Graduate Program. Through a special collaboration with AISD, Texas State University offers a master’s program for select AISD teachers working on a principal certification from the Graduate College of Education.
  • Recruitment Support. Our Leadership Development Team has extensive experience in facilitating interviews and resume reviews. You don’t have to be a member of one of our programs to access this support. If you are an AISD Leader seeking to expand your journey in AISD, our team is available to offer support in helping you build your best resume and present your best self in your next high level interview. We are available to not only coach you before your interview, but also offer feedback after your administrative interview with Austin ISD. 
  • Urban Education Leadership Academy. The AISD Urban Education Leadership Academy provides a year-long professional learning for aspiring leaders in the Principal’s Preparation Program (P3) and the Assistant Principals Preparation Program (AP3) that is grounded in our AISD Leadership Framework. Each cohort meets monthly to engage in an opportunity to learn from experienced leaders and specialists and connect with a variety of district leaders and departments.


Current and Novice Leaders

Leadership Development Programs and Opportunities


  • Assistant Principal Learning Series. AISD offers a professional learning series for assistant principals that meets monthly during the school year. These sessions are designed to enhance the efficacy, knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of our diverse learning communities.
  • Central Office Learning Series. At Austin ISD, we Engaging our employees and inviting their collaboration to make AISD a great place to work. The Central Office Learning Series is a four-part collaborative learning experience designed to build and enhance communication skills, team efficacy and support services for campus leaders.
  • Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a Summer event that establishes the time and space for campus principals and assistant principals to learn alongside each other and their peers, regarding best practices in campus safety, instructional leadership and upcoming district-wide initiatives. 
  • New Assistant Principal Institute. For assistant principals who are new to AISD or new to the assistant principal role, the New Assistant Principal Institute is a day-long  induction program facilitated by the Leadership Development Team; and focuses on creating the foundation of leadership skills a campus administrator needs to successfully support a campus.
  • Novice Principal Support Program. The AISD Novice Principal Support Program is designed to engage new principals who meet quarterly to engage in building community and collaborate on timely topics that support their ongoing  learning and long term success as a leader. 
  • New Principal Institute. For principals who are new to AISD or new to the principalship, the New Principal Institute is a two-day induction program facilitated by district leaders and focuses on the core leadership initiatives that will lay the foundation for leading a successful school community in AISD.
  • New Principal and Assistant Principal 1:1 Coaching. The AISD Leadership Development, Recruitment and Support Team is composed of experienced principals and assistant principals from all K-12 grade levels. This is a voluntary program and designed to give our novice leaders the best possible support system as they serve our communities in their first year as a campus leader.


Campus Leadership Opportunities

Austin ISD is looking for visionary innovators who are focused on equity, achievement and collaboration for ALL members of the school community. 

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Our Team

Denisha Presley Jaime Bell Garrison Jessica Lopez Maud Maldonado Jeralyn Vara

Denisha Presley
Interim Executive Director of
Leadership and Professional Development

Jaime Bell Garrison
Supervisor of
Leadership Development and Support
Jessica Lopez
Coordinator of
Leadership Development and Support
Maud Maldonado
Coordinator of
Leadership Development and Support
Jeralyn Vara
Executive Assistant I of
Leadership Development and Support