LSAISD Board of Directors
Eddy Hernandez Perez serves as Leadership SAISD's Board President. Eddy helped recruit and lead Leadership SAISD’s inaugural class as the organization’s founding Executive Director. Eddy came to LSAISD after teaching bilingual fifth grade on the West Side of San Antonio through Teach For America. Eddy went on to earn his Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University as an Urban Scholars Fellow, and a Law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he clerked for the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Charter Schools Association. Eddy continues to pursue his passion for supporting students and educators by serving as legal counsel to Texas school districts as an associate school attorney at Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Rosa Gomez is the Senior Manager for H-E-B Corporate Communications and Multi-Media Department. As a first generation college graduate, Rosa came to SAISD through working for Generation Texas San Antonio as their Director of Marketing and Communications. Through that role, Rosa helped tell the stories of SAISD students and parents, as well as help the non-profit provide community coordination of resources to prepare San Antonio students for college and careers. As an interested community member with a passion for education, Rosa is a Leadership SAISD alumni. Pursing her passions for education, philanthropy and traveling, Rosa also spent a year in Honduras where she used her bilingual skills as a 6th grade teacher at Day-Star Private Bilingual School, as well as providing organizational internal communications support. Rosa earned an Associate of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from South Plains College and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of North Texas. During college, Rosa built a career as a television news producer for 12 years throughout Texas starting in her hometown of Levelland, TX at the young age of 19. She is a SAISD mentor and is on the H-E-B Diversity Council. Rosa lives in San Antonio with her sweet pup, Lily.
Delia Covo was born in New York City and raised in San Antonio, Texas. A Division 1 athlete, she competed as a diver for the University of North Texas Swimming and Diving Team for 5 years. She returned home to San Antonio to join the Teach For America San Antonio Corps and taught high school science, grades 9-12, and served as Athletic Director at San Antonio Can Academy (a charter school on the South West side of town). Currently, Delia serves on staff at Teach For America supporting the growing alumni network.
Prior to working on the Alumni and Community Impact Team, Delia coached our corps member teachers throughout our partner districts, working with K-12 educators and educational leaders across the city. She’s excited to pursue her passion for educational equity to serve as a board member on the LSAISD Board. In her spare time, Delia stays connected with the broader San Antonio community through the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Programs and as the Managing Editor of her family’s publication, Edible San Antonio.
Jennifer Rosas first moved to San Antonio, Texas as an optimistic and valiant first-generation college student. She felt the city of San Antonio mirrored her valiant spirit, sense of opportunity, and vision towards a better future. Upon graduating, she began her career, where she quickly realized the intense need and economic segregation in the public schools. Born a daughter of mexican immigrants, positioned her to see education as her hope and opportunity for social and economic mobility. Jennifer saw this same opportunity and hope for the students of San Antonio, where she started her career as an elementary teacher in San Antonio ISD.
Jennifer served as an assistant principal, bilingual instructional specialist, and a classroom teacher for San Antonio ISD. In her various roles, she has advocated and proven her passion about creating educational access to all students, their families, and their communities. Jennifer Rosas currently leads the educational landscape as Director of Academics with the national non-profit, TNTP (The New Teacher Project).
In the Spring of 2018, She co-founded San Antonio’s first professional network open to all educators, San Antonio Leaders & Teachers which exists to celebrate and elevate teaching and learning in San Antonio, while bridging gaps between educators and educational policymakers. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary studies and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership. Jennifer and her husband Ben, lead to serve and restore the urban core of San Antonio and are parents to two bilingual and bicultural boys, Daniel and Caleb.
Austin Hawk, M. Ed.
Leadership SAISD Executive Director
Growing up as a child of educators, Austin saw firsthand the impact that education has on students of all ages. Austin grew up in Pennsylvania where he graduated from Slippery Rock University and received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He moved to San Antonio to join Teach for America in 2013, teaching third and fourth grade students on the west side. While teaching, he earned an MS in Educational Studies with an elementary education focus from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past nine years, San Antonio’s community and culture have cultivated Austin’s commitment to advocate for education reform for the students, families, and schools in the city that he now calls home.
In 2017, Austin joined the founding team at the first public Montessori school in Bexar County and earned a Montessori teacher certification. Leading a Montessori classroom aligned with his belief that all students deserve a quality education that celebrates their individuality and develops the independence for students to become leaders of their community. This experience alongside his work in traditional classrooms led him to seek opportunities to advocate for students, their families, and schools. Austin was a 2018-19 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow and also served as a member of the Teach Plus Teachers Cabinet. Through his involvement with Teach Plus, Austin has presented to the state legislative committees and published an op-ed on topics such as mental health of students and educator certification.
In his free time, Austin enjoys spending time with friends and family, including his wife and three dogs at home. He also enjoys reading, traveling, listening to podcasts, as well as playing and watching sports.