IDEA Montopolis sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.
IDEA Montopolis is located at
1701 Vargas Road
Austin, Texas 78741
Erika DeWalt is a proud graduate of Tennessee State University where she majored in History and Texas Southern University where she received my master’s degree in educational administration. My career in education began as a 1st-3rd grade reading teacher and later evolved into an instructional specialist in Houston, TX. Her journey with Montopolis Academy began in 2016 as an Academic Counselor and that fulfilling experience led to a Principal in Residence role in 2018. In each of my roles at Montopolis Academy, she has sought to ensure the success of students and the school by providing quality instruction, fostering a culture of achievement, building community, celebrating diversity and advocating for supports to ensure learning is equitable for all. Similarly, it is her number one priority as Principal to ensure that every student receives outstanding instruction from top-notch and valued teachers, as well as unique opportunities that empower students to develop character, value community, cultivate passions, and explore the world outside of the classroom. As the principal at Montopolis Academy, she is committed to ensuring that student needs and interests help drive instructional decisions, and opportunities made available.
Disha taught 4th grade in the south west side of Houston for 2 years and then continued her service for students in Houston through becoming a Program Director where she directly coached 36 math and science teachers across the district. After her time in Houston, Disha moved to New Orleans to serve as the founding Dean of Culture for ReNEW Schools. In her tenure at ReNEW schools, Disha served as a dean, assistant principal, principal, and managing director of schools. Disha joined IDEA in June of 2016 as the Principal for IDEA Montopolis Academy and is excited to see her 1st class of little Bulldogs show their college pride at signing day in 2024.
Cris is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his B. A. in Mathematics and The University of Georgia where he earned his M. Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy.
It was at the University of Texas where Cris developed his passion for education and social justice that drives much of the work that he does today. Cris began his education career as a 2007 Teach for America corps member in Atlanta, Georgia, teaching High School mathematics for three years at Westlake High School. After going back to school to complete his Master’s Degree, he transitioned back into the classroom, teaching middle school math at his former middle school in San Juan, Texas. Cris joined the Montopolis College Prep team in 2013 as the 7th grade math teacher. Since that time, Cris has also served as the Assistant Principal of Instruction, Principal in Residence, and now Principal of Montopolis College Prep. Cris is excited to lead Montopolis College Prep into the next chapter, and ensuring that Montopolis CP is the best option for students in Austin.