Larkin Tackett is the founder and CEO of MAYA Consulting, which provides a range of services in the education sector. Prior to his consulting career, Larkin served as Executive Director of IDEA Public Schools in Austin, where he managed school principals and led the organization’s community engagement, fundraising, and growth in the Austin region. By 2022, IDEA Austin will grow from six to 26 schools and serve more than 20,000 students. Larkin raised $20 million in philanthropic funding to support this growth. In 2017, he won the Austin Under 40 Award for Youth and Education.
In addition to his work at IDEA, Larkin served as the director of Place-Based Initiatives in the Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Education. There, he managed the Promise Neighborhoods program and led the Department's place-based strategy to support comprehensive education reform in high-poverty neighborhoods. Larkin also worked at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and served as legislative director for Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini and committee director for California State Senator Dean Florez. He began his career as an eighth-grade social studies and journalism teacher with Teach For America at Eliza Miller Junior High School in West Helena, Arkansas, a small town in the Mississippi Delta.
When he’s not obsessing about educational improvement, Larkin loves to read, run, and play with his kids. He has run 23 marathons in different states as part of goal to complete a marathon in each of the 50 states and D.C.. Larkin and his wife Katie, a special education professor at UT Austin, are proud foster parents.
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The University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business
Master of Business Adminstration
Bachelor of Arts, Politics & History
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Rachel Franco is thrilled to be working on the MAYA Consulting team. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Language and Literacy at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rachel has spent the past four years as a certified classroom teacher, specializing in both elementary and secondary literacy curriculum and instruction. Rachel began teaching as a part of Teach for America in America's Comeback City, Detroit, Michigan. There she was mentored by the exemplary teachers and administrative leaders of UPrep Academy, Ellen Thompson Elementary who pushed her to hone teaching as both an artistic and professional craft.
Rachel attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. As a DePaul Leadership Scholar, she learned the values of service through the teachings and practices of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. Through tutoring elementary-aged students on the northwest side to GED prep on the south side, she cultivated a desire to teach through the lens of intersectional identity. She also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Threshold, DePaul's award winning literary and art magazine. Rachel graduated with honors as a first-generation graduate.
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Harvard Graduate School of Education
Master of Education in Language & Literacy, 2018 Candidate
Bachelor of Arts, Media & Cinema Studies
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