A former teacher & strategic leader who sees the potential for how Austin ISD can best serve its students, families, communities, & educators.

I began my career as a high school social studies teacher (world history and psychology), varsity wrestling coach, and middle-school soccer coach. I understand the pressure placed on teachers and our leaders have a responsibility to ensure the systems they create enable every teacher to successfully support every student. Education is my passion and the focus of the organization I founded is on helping schools and districts implement innovative and sustainable changes to improve the lives and outcomes of all students. 


I moved to Austin to work at the Texas Education Agency to support school districts across our great state. Through my time at the agency, I saw a lot of great work being done to design systems that work for all kids. However, some districts, like Austin, let its unaligned values and misguided priorities get in the way of what was best for the students and families who must be the primary customer served. 


Before moving to Austin, I worked as a school district administrator in Massachusetts working closely with leadership to design and implement systemic change across our 30+ schools. I have spent time working with districts across the country on school turnaround efforts. One of the most important lessons I take from my experiences is that there is always something to learn from every school and district.


I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.    


While I don't have any children of my own, I have two young nephews and an infant niece who inspire me to fight for equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for all students. My dog, Judge, and I love calling Austin home and we enjoy spending free time exploring all corners of our city.

Mike Herschenfeld