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Welcome to IDEA Health Professions


5816 Wilcab
Austin, Texas 78721

K-2 & 5 - 6


Campus Leadership

Jarod Hawk

Academy Principal

Jarod Hawk garnered much of his educational experience in his home state of Ohio. In order to facilitate growth Jarod continued teaching in South Carolina, prior to joining IDEA for the 2016 school year. He obtained his Master’s degree...

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Cameron Cook

College Preparatory Principal

Cameron Cook taught at the secondary level in a diverse number of settings including middle school Physics in Colorado, in the country of Bolivia as an AP Biology teacher, and Austin, his home since 2014. He credits his...

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Rick Ramos

Assistant Principal of Operations

Rick Ramos is a native Austinite. He grew up and was raised mainly in Del Valle, Manor and Southeast Austin. While neither one of his parents attended college, they always instilled the importance of continued education, both formal and...

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Jessica Foulke

Curriculum Designer

Jessica has ten years of education experience in Austin. Jessica has taught science, social studies, and writing, and was named IDEA Rundberg College Prep Teacher of the Year in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, and IDEA Austin’s Teacher of the Year...

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Stephanie LaMarca

Director of Grants and National Advancement

Stephanie LaMarca is the Director of Grants and National Advancement for IDEA Public Schools. In this role she provides leadership and direction to IDEA’s Grant’ED team of state and federal grant managers, raises funds in support of IDEA’s...

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Roland Najera

Magnet Schools Assistance Program Manager

Roland Najera is the Magnet Schools Assistance Program Manager that is supporting the launch of IDEA Health Professions in Austin. In this role, he is working to build relationships with community partners to provide out-of-classroom...

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What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that use open-enrollment policies and innovative curricula to improve student learning for all types of children.

They receive approximately 75% of their funding from state and federal funds compared to traditional public schools, which typically receive 100% of their funding from these sources. The charter school movement has established a new form of accountability for public schools.

In Texas, charter schools operate under the direction of an appointed (not elected) board of directors.

These schools also have more flexibility in personnel decisions and have the abilitiy to offer services that set them apart from traditional public schools, such as a strong focus on college preparation.

Find out more about charter schools from the Texas Charter Schools Association.