About Us

Head of School

Erin "Ali" Ronder, M.Ed.
Development Director - Head of School

My educational background is varied, to say the least. I have been home-schooled, Unschooled, Waldorf schooled, Montessori schooled, and public schooled. I have worked for (and my daughters have attended): parent run co-ops, Waldorf-oriented and Montessori pre-schools, Sudbury schools, public schools and public-charter schools.

For the last five years, I served as the Executive Director and Founder of Integrity Academy at Casa de Luz, Center for Integral Studies. I was the Executive Director of Austin Home Base (AHB) Community School for four years prior to that. During this time, I had also helped found the Clearview Sudbury School of Austin. Before I accepted the leadership role at AHB, I worked as the Development Director for the Austin Discovery School assisting administration with various projects including fund raising, events, after school programs, parent education programs, volunteerism and service learning opportunities.

I hold an EC-4 teaching certificate from the State of Texas as well as a B.A. from UT-Austin in History/Applied Learning & Development and a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos in bilingual/bicultural education. I am currently working on my PhD. in Educational Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos. My teaching experience focused on early childhood with South Austin Children's Cooperative, Starbright Preschool, Montessori Escuela de Montopolis as well as bilingual Kindergarten at Maplewood elementary (AISD) and Kindergarten/first grade at Austin Discovery School. Some of my volunteer work also includes teaching ESL in Mexico and Guatemala at Colegio Cuernavaca, Casa Xelaju, Colegio Alonzo Morelio, and La Pedrera.

I can perhaps safely say that my experiences have given me a unique perspective on the broad variety of modalities available and the large range in the needs and learning styles of children. As my journey shows, I have always been a proponent of individualized education that is purposeful and empowering. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the founding Development Director of Sankalpa Academy. I cannot wait for the school year to begin and for me to welcome you all to our community of learners.