Alexandra Elliot, PhD, Director/Founder
Dr. Alexandra Elliot is a certified teacher, certified reading specialist, and certified special education teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. In addition to being a reading/dyslexia specialist, she has taught general education, special education, and gifted/talented education. She has a Master of Science degree in Education (Reading Specialist), and a second Master of Science degree in Special Education . In addition, she has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Neuropsychology. Her areas of expertise are dyslexia intervention (Orton Gillingham), dysgraphia intervention, dyscalculia, gifted/talented (2e), and executive functioning. She has presented her research on reading interventions and working memory at the International Literacy Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and other national conferences. While offering private dyslexia and special education services to children in Austin, she saw a need for a school that could better meet children's needs. Bridges Academy Austin is designed to meet children's needs in a supportive environment in which students thrive at any level.
Mallory McKeever, M.Ed., Assistant Director - Reading Specialist
Julia Nelson, M.A. - History & ELA Teacher
Ms. Nelson holds a Master’s degree in History from University of Liverpool. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC San Diego. In addition to her teacher certification program, she has had specialized training in reading and writing intervention. Ms. Nelson has experience working with students of all ages from kindergarten through high school. Her goal is to help her students become good global citizens and to encourage their curiosity about the world they live in. In her downtime, she enjoys reading Shakespeare and exploring new historical research about Renaissance era England.
Elena Killough, M.A. - Elementary Team and Art Specialist
Mrs. Killough is a talented teacher with certifications in Elementary Education (Core Subjects) and English as a Second Language. She has over 25 years of teaching experience as a reading teacher, ESL specialist, and art specialist. She has also earned certifications in English Language Arts and Reading (8-12) and Secondary German (8-12). She is proficient in English, Russian, German, and Latin. In addition, she is an ISLA Certified Trainer of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, a TEA Certified TOP Rater, and has been certified through the Center for Applied Linguistics Best Literacy Administrator.
Nicole Caldwell, PhD - Social Skills and Coding
Dr. Nicole Caldwell has a PhD in special education and has worked with students from ages preschool through high school since 2005. Her background and experiences include private schools, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs, Montessori elementary school, and tutoring. She holds certifications in elementary education, K-12th grade special education, lower elementary Montessori teaching, Montessori art teaching, and Pivotal Response Treatment (a naturalistic teaching approach for students with autism). Dr. Caldwell also teaches graduate courses for future special education teachers and has presented at various conferences, including the University of North Texas Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference. Dr. Caldwell loves making learning fun and meaningful through hands-on activities and project-based learning, where students can be creative and develop collaborative problem-solving skills. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.