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Meet Our Staff

Paige Schilt Paige Schilt

Paige is responsible for advancing Sanger Learning Center’s mission of providing holistic, equity-driven learning support. Under her leadership, the center has removed fees for all services, established a student advisory board, and secured an Actions for Community Transformation seed grant to create antiracism training for peer educators. Paige earned a Ph.D in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and she has more than fifteen years of college teaching experience in disciplines as diverse as English, rhetoric, communication, film studies, gender studies, and LGBTQ studies.

Nisha Abraham Nisha Abraham
Assistant Director

Nisha coordinates the Supplemental Instruction program. She received her B.S. in cell and molecular biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and her M.S. in biology from Texas A&M University in 2012. During her time at Texas A&M, she was a teaching assistant for several undergraduate biology classes, worked for the Center for Teaching Excellence, and conducted research on improving student motivation and performance in science education. Additionally, Nisha has over five years of combined industry and science research experience, has worked recently as a senior bioscience associate at UT’s Austin Technology Incubator, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in biology for South University.

Carissa Ábrego
Program Administrator
Carissa coordinates Academic Counseling and Tutorial Services at the SLC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Biola University and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. While a graduate student, Carissa worked with undergraduates as a teaching assistant, writing instructor, humanities lecturer, and residence life staff. For four years, she taught academic writing and pedagogy and ran the College Core Writing Tutor program at the University of Chicago Writing Program before coming to UT Austin and joining the staff at Sanger.

Darcy Barrick
Coordinator of Academic Counseling and Coaching, Academic Counseling and Tutorial Services

Darcy Barrick coordinates academic counseling appointments conducted by SLC professional learning specialists and runs the Peer Academic Coaching Program which she began in 2002. In her time at the SLC, she has also overseen developmental reading/writing services, supervised Supplemental Instruction teaching assistants, and directed Academic Counseling Services and Outreach. Her areas of specialization include instructional design, study effectiveness, academic/test anxiety, and ESL/foreign language issues. Prior to joining the SLC staff, she supervised student teachers/teaching interns for UT and taught in the U.S. and Japan. She holds a master’s in education and a bachelor’s in the Plan II Honors Program, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie Craven Stephanie Craven
Learning Specialist III, Course Support & Instruction

Stephanie coordinates Supplemental Instruction for language arts courses. She earned her B.A. in classical languages and literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, and her M.A. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2017, both in classics from The University of Texas at Austin. As an assistant instructor at UT, she has taught multiple levels of Latin, Intro to Rome, Intro to Greece, and Medical Terminology. 

Izaak De Leon Izzy De Leon
Learning Specialist II, Academic Counseling & Tutorial Services

Izzy provides academic counseling to students and supports the administration of Tutorial Services for the Sanger Learning Center. He has diverse experience working in higher education, including peer mentoring programs, admissions, TSI, and HSI grant programs. Izzy received his B.M. in Violin Performance and B.S. in Biology from Texas State University, as well as his M.S. in Biology. While at Texas State, he was an instructional assistant for undergraduate genetics, conducted research on Latino parents’ attitudes toward science and engagement in informal science activities with their children, and coordinated multicultural career-development workshops for marginalized undergraduate STEM students.

Kate Molina-Gallo Kate Molina-Gallo
Learning Specialist III, Coordinator for Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying

Kate coordinates the Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS) program. She received her B.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. While there, she served as a Supplemental Instruction leader for Principles of Botany. She also earned her M.S. in Science Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Kate has been a teacher for the past nine years. She has course experience in biology, chemistry, and International Baccalaureate biology.

Kate Schoonhoven Kate Schoonhoven
Administrative Associate

As the administrative associate, Kate’s role is to provide administrative and accounting support for the Sanger Learning Center. She also assists with hiring, supervision, and training of SLC student associates. She completed her B.S. in actuarial science in 2015 from North Central College in Illinois.

Jay Whitehead Jay Whitehead
Instructional Designer, Course Support & Instruction

Jay assists with the supervision of the mathematics portion of the Supplemental Instruction program. Jay develops the content for Sanger’s mathematics classes, selects mathematics graduate students for leading many of these classes, and teaches the algebra refresher and trigonometry refresher classes each semester. Jay also provides academic counseling, primarily for topics related to the study of mathematics. Jay received his master’s degree in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005.