Eliza Gordon

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Lead Learning Designer, The Holdsworth Center

Educational Leadership & Policy

Email: elizajgordon@gmail.com
Gordon is a Washington, D.C. native who moved to Austin, Texas 12 years ago to become a bilingual certified educator. She currently serves as a Lead Learning Designer for The Holdsworth Center and is designing a new program for aspiring principals in the Permian Basin region. Immediately before coming to Holdsworth, she served as the principal of Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy in Round Rock Independent School District. Prior to leading as a principal, she served as a bilingual teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, and assistant principal.

Under Gordon’s leadership, Wells Branch Elementary moved from a C (70%) to a B (81%) in the Texas accountability system within three years. Wells Branch Elementary is a Title I campus that serves nearly 60% students who receive free and reduced lunch, nearly 45% of whom are Emergent Bilingual students, and 25% students who experience high mobility.

As an educator driven by equity, Gordon believes in fighting to break predictable patterns by race in achievement, access, and opportunity. Gordon received her bachelor’s degree in romance languages and literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and earned a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin in educational administration in 2016. She is a doctoral candidate in the Cooperative Superintendency Program. She is a cofounder of Educators in Solidarity, a non-profit with the mission of developing anti-racist educator capacity.