Stephanie Childress has worked in IB schools for over 10 years as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme English Literature teacher, Middle Years Programme Coordinator, Career Program Coordinator, and Diploma Programme Coordinator.
She works as a consultant for the IB Organization as a Diploma Programme evaluation and verification site visitor and is an English B Extended Essay examiner. She holds an MA in English Literature and has a passion for Renaissance drama, poetry, and book history. She writes poetry, plays, and loves painting and drawing. Ms. Childress has been the Coordinator of the IB Diploma Programme at Westwood High School since 2012.
Michael Flansburgh is completing his eighth year of instruction at Westwood High School. Currently, he teaches IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK), IB Philosophy SL, and IB English A: Literature HL. He also serves as the coordinator for the IB Extended Essay and coaches the UIL Literary Criticism team.
He previously taught for three years in the Department of English and the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds an M.A. in English Literature from UT-Austin and completed his B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Honors at CUNY-Hunter College in New York City. While at Hunter, he was a member of the interdisciplinary Thomas Hunter Honors program.
Matthew McBrearty has taught a multitude of subjects throughout his eight years in the classroom. He currently teaches IB English A: Literature HL and Practical Writing at Westwood High School. When he is not in the classroom leading discussions over great literary works, he can be found coaching the district champion Westwood Swim & Dive team. A native Austinite, Mr. McBrearty attended LBJ High School and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in History.