Paula Johnson, Ph.D.
Paula Johnson, Ph.D., is director of the IDRA EAC-South, leading the center’s technical assistance and professional development pertaining to diversity, cultural competency and disproportional disciplinary actions against students of color. She holds a bachelor of science in math and a minor in computer science from Prairie View A&M University, a master of arts in education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a master of science in progress with a concentration in mathematics from Prairie View A&M University. She earned her doctorate in the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research foci include: (1) curriculum and instruction related to females and minorities in math and science, (2) equity in education, and (3) learner identity. She also is certified in secondary mathematics and has successfully completed the LEAD (Leadership Experiences for Aspiring Deans) program of the Northside Independent School District.
Nilka Avilés, Ed.D.
Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., is an IDRA senior education associate and desegregation lead for the IDRA EAC-South focusing on teacher professional development in college readiness and science, particularly, in serving English language learners. She is collaboratively strengthening and creating self-renewing public schools that work for all children, valuing and empowering them along with their families and communities. Her focus is building capacity in the area of science education and college readiness fostering quality schools and nurturing sustainable connections that produce effective and productive performance outcomes. She earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her dissertation title was “Examining the Components of the Early College High School Model and the Impact on the Participants in the Program.” She received her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education, specializing in biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus.