Lisa Drummond, Principal
Lisa began her teaching career as a special educator in Washington State and spent 12 years working with children with a wide range of disabilities while developing an abundance of instructional skills and strategies. With an incredibly large tool box of instructional skills, Lisa served in a variety of roles as an educator including 1st grade teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach. As a literacy coach, Lisa gained leadership experience and began to deeply understand the importance of building teacher capacity. She was able to support teachers as they developed and/or refined their teaching skills, particularly in the area of early literacy, English Language Learners, and RtI implementation.
Lisa completed her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Texas State University in 2011. While working on her master’s degree, she was selected to be a part of an assistant principal internship program in Austin ISD where she worked side by side with the principal and assistant principal as they conducted their daily work. She was quickly given the role as instructional leader and worked closely with the first year teachers. For the last four years, Lisa has served as an assistant principal in Austin ISD.
Lisa moved to the Austin area from the Pacific Northwest 21 years ago. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where she received her BA in Special Education. She is passionate about teaching and learning and believes that doing what is be best for kids must be our top priority always. In her spare time, Lisa loves to cook and share meals with friends and family. She is an avid runner and can be caught at Town Lake on most Saturday mornings for her long run. She has recently taken up pottery and loves it. Lisa also spends time with her two beautiful weeny dogs, Ruby and Scarlett.
Marlo Kaskoto, Assistant Principal
Marlo began her career at Wayside Schools as an educator in August 2005 at Eden Park Academy. Over the years, she successfully taught kindergarten, third through fifth grades, sixth and seventh grade math, Texas History, US History, World Cultures and 9th grade World Geography.
Prior to assuming her role as an Assistant Principal at Eden Park Academy, Marlo was considered a master teacher at EPA. She helped develop and deliver teacher professional development, was instrumental in improving school-wide math performance, and helped write math curriculum. She led the team of teachers responsible for gaining recognition as one of the best middle schools in Austin by Austin Monthly magazine.
She also served as a mentor to aspiring teachers and teachers new to the district. Marlo was the district’s first instructional coach where she taught teachers how to incorporate evidence-based, student centered practices to support student learning.
Marlo is a thoughtful, analytical problem solver and a life-long learner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology and a Masters of Elementary Education from Texas State University in San Marcos.
Marlo enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking and camping.