Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Robin McDurham

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Dr. Robin McDurham

Dr. Robin McDurham is the Chief Executive Officer for Transformation Waco, which is responsible for the operations of the five Waco ISD Schools in the in-district charter partnership. During her 17 years in Waco ISD, Dr. McDurham has served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. She is a former Waco City Council member and Mayor, and her experience and passion for the community and public education have provided the perfect opportunity for work in Transformation Waco. 

Executive Director of School Leadership

 Dr. Karen Hassell

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Dr. Karen Hassell

Executive Director of Talent Development

Dr. John Jenkins

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Dr. John Jenkins

Dr. John Jenkins is the Executive Director of Talent Development for Transformation Waco. He has been in public education since 1995 with multiple Texas school districts. His role experiences include Student Initiatives Director, High School Principal, Alternative and Virtual School Principal, DAEP and District Administrator Training Principal, Middle School Principal (Waco ISD), Academic Dean, Assistant Principal, Special Education Coordinator, and Teacher. This is John’s sixth year at Waco ISD and is currently working with the Alternative Teacher Certification Program to increase teacher retention in Waco. He lives by the motto that “work is not work if you love what you do. John is grateful for his time in Waco and working alongside the many caring and supportive family, organization, and teaching partners who put children first. 

Chief Strategy Officer

 Dana Carpenter

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Dana Carpenter

Director of Student Advocacy

 Sarah Pedrotti

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Sarah Pedrotti

Sarah Pedrotti is the Director of Student Advocacy for Transformation Waco. She has served in various roles within Waco ISD, including an elementary school teacher, an instructional coach at the middle school level, and an assistant principal and principal at the elementary level. Mrs. Pedrotti received her Masters in Education from Tarleton State University and her Bachelor degree in Education from Baylor University. Her heartfelt desire to provide teachers with support and coaching, build strong relationships within schools, and tap into the passions of adult and student learners.

Research, Data Evaluation, and Assessment Coordinator

 Julie Pyle

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Julie Pyle

Julie Pyle graduated from Howard Payne University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  Baylor University’s graduate math program is what brought her to Waco.  She taught 4th- 12th grade math for 8 years as a classroom teacher with 3 of those years teaching math for Waco ISD at Bill Logue Juvenile Justice Center.  In the span of 5 years, she taught almost 90 college math and business courses as an adjunct instructor for a trade school.  For over 10 years, she has supported hundreds of students as a personal math tutor coaching them through the various college entrance exams.

She earned her Master’s degree from Howard Payne University in Instructional Leadership in Education.  As a part of her degree, she earned her Principal Certification while working at Lorena High School.  After graduation, she worked for 4 years as an Instructional Data Evaluation Specialist at Indian Spring Middle School.

Before joining Transformation Waco, her most recent position was working at Region 13 as a Data Systems Education Specialist, where she earned her regional certifications for Eduphoria and DMAC.  She worked on the A-F Accountability team and produced the Growth Prediction Tool, which is currently being sold on the Region 13 Product Store. 

 

Administrative Specialist

 Catelia Vázquez

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Catelia Vázquez

As Transformation Waco’s Administrative Specialist, Catelia brings almost four years of experience as an executive administrative assistant utilizing her sharp organizational skills to keep the systems running smoothly. She began her career in Waco ISD as the Human Resources Staffing Specialist which provided her the opportunity to familiarize herself with the multiple district systems and personnel, hone her ability to balance multiple projects with a high level of confidentiality and develop processes to expedite tasks.

Catelia earned her B.S. in Family and Consumer Science at Baylor University in 2014 and incorporates her studies in her day-to-day interactions with the community and families of Waco. As a native Wacoan and valedictorian of WISD's A.J. Moore Academy, Catelia is passionate about Waco, its schools, those that call Waco home, and the city's potential.

In her spare time, you can find her and her husband, Eduardo, sipping cortados and lattes while enjoying a book at Pinewood Roasters or exploring the trails at Cameron Park.

Administrative Assistant

 Ryan Clark

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Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark is the administrative assistant for Transformation Waco. Ryan grew up in the Central Texas area and went to school at Axtell ISD. He graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in criminal justice. Before working at Waco ISD, he served as the Youth Director for the YMCA of Central Texas for many years. In that role, he gained experience in working directly with the students and staff of Waco ISD while maintaining various youth programs.

His wife is a social studies teacher in Waco ISD, and in his spare time he enjoys coaching youth sports and playing golf. He also loves watching their dog Buster Clark compete in dachshund races.