Kelli Weldon

Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events and transportation, she is an education reporter focusing on Austin ISD. Kelli is a native of Lake Charles, La.

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Austin chamber releases 2013 education progress data

Helping to raise awareness about the mismatch between local job openings and student aspirations is one of the goals of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Education Progress Reports. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Northwest Austin

Teacher salaries a lesson in priorities

Teacher salaries are a big slice of the pie that is Austin ISD’s 2014–15 preliminary budget. But compared with area school districts, AISD is lagging behind when it comes to how much it pays its teachers, Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley said. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Northwest Austin

Mary Bastos and Fanny Gonzalez offer a variety of fitness classes at Corazon Latino Dance Studio.

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Corazon Latino Dance Studio

A high-energy workout timed to Latin music can be a way to relieve stress, learn new dance moves and achieve health goals at the same time, said Mary Bastos, co-owner of Corazon Latino Dance Studio. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

South Austin business group to host political candidates

Local group South Austin Business Association is entering its “political season" and will soon host political candidates running in upcoming Austin elections, President Ken Vargas said. more »

Apr 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

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At the SXSWedu Education Expo on March 4, students get a closer look at some of the resources available for classrooms.

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SXSWedu 2014 wraps up March 6

The SXSWedu Conference and Festival began March 3 in Austin and is expected to attract more than 6,000 K–12 teachers, administrators, professors, education entrepreneurs and other attendees to Austin. more »

Mar 6, 2014 SXSW

Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics; Meria Carstarphen, Austin ISD superintendent; David Yeager, assistant professor with the University of Texas; and author Rosalind Wiseman participated in a SXSWedu panel March 4 on social and emotional learning strategies.

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Austin ISD superintendent speaks on SXSWedu panel on social, emotional learning

Meeting high-stakes accountability standards cannot be a school district's sole focus, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen told SXSWedu attendees March 4 as part of a panel discussion entitled “Social and Emotional Learning Can Change the World.” more »

Mar 4, 2014 SXSW Education

In a Future15 session at SXSWedu on March 4, Adam Klaybor with Montessori Records Xpress delivers a presentation to educators.

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Bringing Montessori method to public education a focus in SXSWedu session

During a SXSWedu presentation March 4, Adam Klaybor with Montessori Records Xpress—maker of an online record-keeping system for Montessori educators—talked about incorporating the Montessori method into public education. more »

Mar 4, 2014 SXSW Education

A SXSWedu panel on community school strategies March 3 featured Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Allen Weeks, executive director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth; and Darlene Kamine, executive director of the Community Learning Center Institute in Cincinnati.

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Austin Voices leader talks about 'community school' strategy at SXSWedu

Strategies to save schools at risk of closure should involve talking with teachers and community members to get their input, Allen Weeks, executive director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth, said in a SXSWedu panel. more »

Mar 3, 2014 SXSW Education

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Displays of fresh produce greet shoppers as they enter the new South Lamar Boulevard location.

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Wheatsville Food Co-op

At Wheatsville Food Co-op’s new South Lamar Boulevard location, the retail food cooperative offers a variety of options—from a hot-foods bar and deli to a mix of bulk and packaged ingredients consumers can purchase to make their own meals at home. more »

Dec 18, 2013 Southwest Austin

General Manager Lexie Godfrey (left) oversees daily operations at Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina, which is owned by Eddie Bernal (right).

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Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina

Eddie Bernal, owner of Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina, has come a long way since he was 16 and working at Red Lobster. more »

Sep 26, 2013 Southwest Austin

Operating partner Charles Milligan oversees Doc's Backyard, which opened in 2007 in Sunset Valley.

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Doc’s Backyard

With a menu described as “good old American flair” and a few Tex-Mex options, Doc’s Backyard is getting ready for some changes, Operating Partner Charles Milligan said. more »

Mar 28, 2013 Southwest Austin

Strange Brew expanded in 2012.

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Strange Brew Austin Coffee

Strange Brew Austin Coffee grew significantly in 2012. more »

Jan 31, 2013 Southwest Austin