Meet the Staff

Dr. Charlis Powell

Charlis E. Powell, Ph.D.
Director, Learning for Success Program

Dr. Powell is the Director of the Learning for Success Program at St. Pius X High School. She completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and doctorate from Louisiana Baptist University, as well as postdoctoral work at the University of Houston. Dr. Powell has been a featured speaker both nationally and locally, including for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Louisiana Super Conference for Special Education Providers. She is a recipient of Strathmore’s Who’s Who honoring her leadership and achievement in educational services to individuals with learning differences.

Julie Hemphill
Testing Coordinator, Learning for Success Program

Ms. Hemphill began as the testing coordinator for the Learning for Success Program in the spring of 2017. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Ms. Hemphill was a member of the Aggie Dance Team for four years and continued her passion for dance as a member of the 2016-2017 Houston Texans Cheerleaders. In order to share her love of dance with others, Ms. Hemphill serves as the director of the Pantherettes Drill Team at St. Pius X.

Alison Ayala
Academic Strategies Teacher

Ms. Ayala has been with the Learning for Success Program at St. Pius X since 2016 where she teaches Academic Strategies I and II. She completed a double bachelor’s degree and a double master’s degree in theology as well as English literature and language from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Prior to teaching at St. Pius X, Ms. Ayala worked in the Learning Assistance Center at St. Mary’s for five years where she assisted undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates with writing courses at the university. Ms. Ayala currently resides with the Dominican Sisters of Houston where she is discerning a vocation with the order.


Caitlin Boydstun
Read 180 Specialist

Ms. Boydstun graduated from Texas Christian University with a master’s degree in secondary education as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education. She enjoys working with students from a variety of backgrounds. Ms. Boydstun spent the last eight years teaching English, reading, American and British drama, and English as a Second Language. In her free time, she enjoys watching TCU football, reading and traveling. Ms. Boydstun is certified in English, Language Arts and Reading (Grades 8-12) and English as a Second Language (K-12).


Kathryn Anderson
Reading Development/English Teacher

Ms. Anderson ’08 has been a reading development teacher at St. Pius X since the fall of 2013. In addition to teaching reading development, she is also an English teacher. Before returning to St. Pius X, Ms. Anderson graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education focusing on English language arts. Ms. Anderson is certified in Grades 8-12 English Language Arts.


Marge Harris
Math Lab Teacher

Ms. Harris has been teaching math at St. Pius X for 14 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and music from Concordia College-St. Paul, Minn., and a master’s degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University.  In addition, she later earned her math certification. Ms. Harris is a Certified Senior Irlen Screener for Irlen Syndrome, a visual perception problem fixed with color. She also directs Beppo’s Bells, the SPX handbell choir. In her spare time, Ms. Harris rings in her church handbell choir. Her awards include TAPPS Fine Arts Teacher of the Year and Texas Irlen Association Screener of the Year.  She has been a speaker on math and Irlen topics at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching a number of times, the Archdiocesan Learning Differences Conference, the Wisconsin Lutheran Teachers’ Conference and the Texas Irlen Association Conference.


Maggie Schroeder
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Schroeder received both her BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining St. Pius X in the Learning for Success Program, she had a career in financial planning in the oil and gas industry.