English Language Arts administrative support specialist
Elementary School ELA Support Specialist
Technology Curriculum Specialist in Language Arts
Liz Canales is a home-grown Austinite and proud product of AISD. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1984, and from University of Texas at Austin with a Masters in Education in 1991. Both degrees included a focus on Special Education.
Her 25 year teaching career involved working and learning with students ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Her work included all levels of Special Education as well as 4th and 5th grade "regular" and inclusion classrooms. For the last ten years of her classroom work, she was either the Dyslexia or Gifted and Talented specialist on her campus (sometimes both at the same time.) Liz was Teacher of the Year at both Casey and Clayton Elementary Schools. Her love of technology and of developing curriculum, especially in language arts led her to her current position at CAC.
ELL Support Specialist
Middle School Language Arts Curriculum Specialist
From 1998 through 2013, Vaughn taught middle school language arts, predominantly at Alpine Middle School in the Big Bend region of Far West Texas. He specializes in engaging students via a form of the Socratic Method known as Shared Inquiry. He is a strong proponent of constructivist education, and he believes that students learn best when they build meaning through intellectual curiosity.
In 2011, he was named the Region 18 Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, and he was also recognized by his colleagues as Teacher of the Year at Alpine Middle School in the same year. These honors were bestowed because of the progress of his students, which he attributes to Shared Inquiry, Greek and Latin roots instruction, fluency practice, independent reading, and extensive opportunities for authentic writing.
Vaughn loves to model these forms of instruction on campuses.
High School ELA Support Specialist