Middle School Math
Wildlife Program Director
Audie brings a broad educational background, work experience, and skill set to AESA Prep. Audie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with a minor in Economics, from Southwestern University in Georgetown, and earned a second Bachelor’s, in Philosophy, from the University of Arizona — where he graduated summa cum laude. He also holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Texas Tech University, and studied Philosophy at the PhD level for one year at Rice University, as well, where he was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship.
Audie is an internationally certified Montessori teacher, with 6-1/2 years of classroom experience, including at The Post Oak School in Houston, Bay Area Montessori House in Clear Lake, and Austin Montessori School here in Austin. He was also an Apollo 20 Math Fellow at Attucks Middle School in Houston, and has tutored students privately for a couple of years, primarily in math and test preparation.
In addition to his teaching and tutoring experience, Audie’s diverse work background includes three years as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Dallas, seven years as a park ranger (most of them as an interpreter/educator at Zion National Park in Utah), and over five years as a buyer and associate team leader for Whole Foods Market — in Houston, Denver, and here in Austin. He has also been involved in writing, editing, and publishing: he was on the staff and Board of Great Potential Press, a publisher of books on the emotional and psychological needs of the gifted and talented; was a contributor to the book Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning; and provided copy-editing work on other manuscripts, including Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers (2nd ed.) and Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works. Audie’s interests outside of work and academics are equally varied: he performed weekly for four years as a member of a popular improv comedy troupe at the University of Arizona, and over the years has dabbled in tournament chess, creative writing, and quilting.
These days, he strives to find enough time for his current favorite interests: reading, running around Lady Bird Lake, and hanging out with his partner Colette and stepson Noah. He has long imagined what the ideal learning environment would look and feel like, and was happy to step onto the campus of AESA Prep recently and discover that such a place actually existed.