Isabelle remembers Mrs. Contreras, her teacher for 5th and 6th grade, as one of the most influential educators in her student career. The respect and friendship she showed to each of her students, Isabelle believes, created a wonderful and exciting learning environment where students could succeed.
As Strategy Officer, Isabelle provides logistical, research, and project management support for the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio and educator awards and fellowships.
Before joining the Foundation, Isabelle served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and literacy specialist for two years, working at an all-girls elementary school in eastern Uganda. A graduate of The University of Texas, she studied Human Development & Family Sciences in addition to working as a research assistant on a study focused on the social, emotional, and educational development of children who must translate for their parents.
In her spare time, Isabelle enjoys volunteering in her community, being outdoors, and taking any opportunity she can to travel around the country and world!