Geoffrey Carlisle teaches eighth grade Science at KIPP Austin College Prep, and is in his tenth year of teaching. He is an innovative science educator dedicated to improving equity in educational outcomes through designing rigorous curriculum, developing the pedagogy of other teachers, and advocating for changes in education policy through teacher leadership. He is a 2018 recipient of the national Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award, and was a finalist for the CBS Austin Teacher of the Year. He has led professional development for science teachers in his district for the past six years, as well as numerous national and state conferences.
As a Teach Plus Texas Fellow, his op-eds about protecting LGBTQ+ students and climate change education were published by the Texas Tribune and Austin American Statesman. He also co-wrote a policy brief that provided recommendations to the Texas School Finance Commission, many of which were ultimately incorporated into the landmark 2019 School Finance Bill.
In 2018, Geoffrey joined the crew of the NOAA Ship Oregon II as part of the NOAA Teacher at Sea program, where he learned about how scientists assess the health of the marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. He is an alumnus of the Urban Leaders Fellowship, the Leadership for Educational Equity Fellowship, and Teach For America. He is also a proud graduate of St. Olaf College, and is an avid triathlete, violist, and amateur photographer.