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Dana Center Role

Stacy Foss, Senior Academic Coordinator at Literacy First, is an experienced and passionate educational leader who is committed to improving educational systems as a way to bridge equity gaps, create inclusive spaces, and attain positive outcomes for all children. She believes in the transformative power of reading and writing to change lives, to help us understand our experiences as humans, to heal, to imagine our futures, and to build community. At Literacy First, Stacy develops the capacity of AmeriCorps members through coaching so that they can provide high quality early literacy interventions.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Prior to joining the team, Stacy spent two decades working in schools as a teacher, campus administrator, district-level leader, and in talent acquisition. Most recently, Stacy had the privilege of serving as Administrative Supervisor of Leadership Development in AISD. In this role, she was able to improve leader development systems and pipelines to result in higher student achievement and engagement. Prior to that, Stacy served as the Principal of Pease Elementary in Austin ISD. As a principal, she led community engagement, increased school climate and culture exponentially, and partnered with stakeholders for growth in student achievement. Stacy previously served Austin ISD as an Assistant Principal at Barton Hills Elementary and Maplewood Elementary, and she began her teaching journey as a special education teacher in Eanes ISD.

Stacy excels in relationship-driven strategic planning and coaching as she prioritizes listening, reimagining, and setting ambitious but attainable goals. In addition to these experiences, Stacy has also worked as an adjunct professor at Huston-Tillotson University, helping codify and share best instructional practices in literacy with pre-service teachers. Her knowledge in teaching and learning has positioned her to design curriculum for several undergraduate literacy courses. Stacy has deep expertise in literacy, pedagogical approaches that promote critical thinking, individualized instruction for learning differences, and helping teachers/tutors develop the confidence and skills they need to excel in the classroom.


B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies – Specialization: Special Education, Texas State University

M.S., Literacy, Walden University

Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment – Specialization: Critical Thinking Dispositions and Integration of the Arts into Core Curriculum, Walden University

Selected Presentations

Visual Art Meets Science Inquiry. Innovative Session at Texas ASCD Annual Conference. (October, 2016).

Collaborative Teaching: Discovery Writing. The Annual Inclusion Institute Conference, Region 13. (June, 2015).