Abby Morton-Garland is a Co-School Leader at KIPP University Prep in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated with honors from Baylor University in 2003 with a degree in History and Political Science. After two years at an international school in Guatemala, Ms. Morton-Garland joined Teach For America in 2005 and moved to the Rio Grande Valley where she was a grade team leader, content team leader, district curriculum and assessment designer, and instructional coach. In 2009, Ms. Morton-Garland was the IDEA Public Schools Teacher of the Year as well as the Humanities Texas Outstanding Teacher. In 2010 she won a nation-wide competition to attended NBC’s first Education Nation Summit in New York where she was invited to become an America Achieves Fellow. Additionally, was a finalist for TFA’s Excellence in Alumni Teaching award in its inaugural year. Ms. Morton-Garland earned National Board Certification in 2011 and was a founding teacher for IDEA College Prep (Donna, Texas) International Baccalaureate program where she saw her students’ scores rise from 8% passing (under the Advanced Placement program) to 45% passing in her final year with the IB program. After moving back to her hometown of San Antonio in 2013, Ms. Morton-Garland worked for a year as an Assistant School Leader at KIPP University Prep and became Co-School Leader in July 2014. In addition to her work during the school year, she has worked as an independent education consultant writing curriculum and providing professional development for Teach for America in California and throughout Texas, IDEA Public Schools, KIPP Austin, Chicago Collegiate, and the Department of Education. Ms. Morton-Garland is the proud wife of John and the mother of Aurora (4) and Azalea (2). Her family enjoys singing, growing veggies, and restoring their 114 year-old house.