Dr. Leticia Romero Grimaldo serves as the co-principal investigator of Project ELEVATE and Project C2. She also served as principal investigator for Project ELITE. Her research interests include language, literacy, culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy and practice, bi/multilingual education, job-embedded professional learning, school reform, and school leadership. She has extensive experience developing and providing professional learning in these areas to educators and school leaders, as well as disseminating her work statewide and nationally. Grimaldo is also an adjunct professor for Texas State University, where she teaches master’s-level courses in educational leadership within the Education and Community Leadership Program.
Dr. Greg Roberts is the senior associate director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. For more information, read Roberts' full bio on the MCPER website.
Dr. Sharon Vaughn is the executive director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, director of the Reading Institute, and a director of the Dropout Prevention Institute. For more information, read Vaughn's full bio on the MCPER website.
Stephanie joined the ELITE team in 2023. As part of Projects C2 and ELEVATE, she provides professional learning and coaching to educators in our partnering district, Hays CISD. She graduated from UT with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2008, and she obtained a Master of Arts in Literacy Education from UTSA in 2018. She has 14 years’ experience as an educator in school districts in Central Texas, serving as an elementary reading teacher, interventionist, and instructional coach.