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Dear Parents:

The opportunity to be involved in Integrity Academy is a gift. 

It is in the bringing together of great people, that we produce great results. Ali Ronder and I are placing a great deal of attention to assure that we attract and retain a superb team. Integrity Academy has a generous compensation package for our staff, which will facilitate the creation of the richest of learning environments. 

Waldorf College - Fair Oaks, California

It is beyond rewarding to bring a powerful, paradigm shifting and proven learning environment to our children. Over the course of my lifetime, I have organized many ventures, in a broad range of endeavors. These include working in multiple aspects of banking, industry, commerce and agriculture. All along I have had a special interest in human learning and development of all ages while managing thousands of people. Engaging in numerous disciplines for the betterment of self and community has created a strong philosophical underpinning to my work. Especially significant have been Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication, Avatar, Landmark Forum, Personal and Company Effectiveness. Many of these disciplines have been in education, i.e. Macrobiotics (Micho Kushi), Montessori (Bergamo, Italy), Maharishi International University (Fairfield, Iowa), and Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner).

My own children have been pivotal in my life and I continue to be actively involved in their education. They have been my greatest teachers over the last forty-one years. I have six grandchildren ranging in ages from 1 week to 19 years. They are what motivate my involvement in the Casa de Luz community and in the development of the Integrity Academy, a school for children ages 3-18.

Recently, I have pared back to the operation of two organizations:  Casa de Luz (www.casadeluz.org) and Habitat Suites (www.habitatsuites.com). I invite you to see how these two 'Learning Organizations' have excelled holistically. I have complete confidence in Ali Ronder, executive director of Integrity Academy. We have already invested countless hours designing the learning environment by incorporating the most compelling modalities available in the world.

We are fortunate to have a beautiful, urban location in the heart of Austin. We are located across the street from Zilker Park and within a short walking distance to many places for families to live. This would satisfy those who would aspire to break their dependence on fossil fuels and increase the quality of family life. We realize the high cost of our dependence on automobiles and the stressful time we spend in them. Enrolling into the Integrity Academy community is the paradigm shift.

The future starts at Integrity Academy in the Fall of 2014.

The last and most important ingredient is you, our families that will be at the heart of our community. Please be amongst the first to come to early enrollment.

With palms together,
Wayo Longoria, aka Kilowatito
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Maharishi International University Training - Fairfield, Iowa With Michio Kushi Vega Institute - Oroville, California  Macrobiotic Training with Herman and Cornelia Aihara

Erin "Ali" Ronder M.Ed.
Co-Founder and Former Director

My educational background is varied, to say the least. I have been home-schooled, Unschooled, Waldorf schooled, Montessori schooled, and public schooled. I have worked for (and my daughters have attended): parent run co-ops, Waldorf-oriented and Montessori pre-schools, Sudbury schools, public schools and public-charter schools. 

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be the founding executive director of Integrity Academy at Casa de Luz, Center for Integral Studies. I spent four years as Executive Director of Austin Home Base Community School (AHB Community School).  During this time, I helped to found the Clearview Sudbury School of Austin.  Prior to that, I worked as Development Director for the Austin Discovery School assisting administration with various projects including fund raising, events, after school programs, parent education programs, volunteerism and service learning opportunities for the ADS community in the greater Austin community. My previous teaching experience focused on early childhood with: South Austin Children's Cooperative, Starbright Preschool, Montessori Escuela de Montopolis as well as bilingual Kindergarten at Maplewood elementary (AISD) and Kindergarten/first grade at Austin Discovery School.

My board of directors experience includes membership:

People's Community Clinic patient advisory board (1989-1992)
Teen Help Line board of directors (1990-1992)
March of Dimes (1991)
Clearview Sudbury School (2007-2008)
Austin Discovery School (2008-2009)
Education Transformation Alliance (2012 - 2015)
Conscious Garden (2014 - present)
Natural Learning Foundation (2015 - present)

I hold an EC-4 teaching certificate from the State of Texas as well as a B.A. from UT-Austin in History/Applied Learning & Development and a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos in bilingual/bicultural education. I am currently working on my PhD. in Educational Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos. Some of my related volunteer work includes teaching ESL in Mexico and Guatemala at: Colegio Cuernavaca, Casa Xelaju, Colegio Alonzo Morelio, and La Pedrera. Additionally I was the Community Wellness Program developer and manager of Ruta Maya Coffee House for over 12 years.

You can view my entire electronic portfolio at www.austinyogamama.com for more detailed information including my resume and video documentation. 

My newest endeavor is Enlight Ignite. It was founded by four individuals who live and breathe education and are deeply invested in shaping the future of learning. Our mission is to catalyze, synergize, and nourish diverse edu-ecosystems to enlight and ignite the evolution of education. http://www.enlightignite.com/

Also find me for private educational consulting at http://startuplearning.me/our-team/erin-ali-ronder/