Austin started using Leo in 2016 when he began working as an Instructional Designer at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. “I could tell right away that Leo was an amazing tool for our faculty and administration as we were continually working to improve student learning outcomes.” Over the next three years, as Austin got to know the folks at DaVinci, he discovered a team of people passionate about supporting schools like OSU all over the country. Now, as part of the DaVinci team, Austin will get to contribute to those efforts.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee with degrees in history, geography, and education, Austin has taught history and geography at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. Given his unique perspective and desire to innovate in the classroom, Austin was asked to lead the efforts of Springfield Public Schools (Missouri) during their implementation of project-based learning. The new role, allowed Austin to work with teachers across the district to develop an innovative and engaging new curriculum.
The experience of working with faculty in a professional development role was the perfect stepping stone as Austin moved to Tulsa to begin his work in medical education. “I love working side by side with faculty, looking for ways to improve student learning,” says Austin. “Now, with DaVinci, I’m excited about learning and working with faculty all over the country.”
Austin is located in Tulsa, OK, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. A native of Tennessee, Austin is most often seen outside of work hours obnoxiously singing Rocky Top as he cheers for the University of Tennessee. When he’s not singing the Vols fight song, he’s probably outdoors with his wife and kids or building something in his garage woodshop.