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 Dorman
Testing Coordinator, Learning for Success Program

Mrs. Dorman began her position as the Coordinator of the Learning for Success Program in the spring of 2017. She is a 2016 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After dancing on the Aggie Dance Team for four years, she continued her passion for dance as a member of the 2017-2018 Houston Rockets Power Dancer. In order to share her love of dance with others, Mrs. Dorman serves as the coach of the Pantherettes Drill Team at St. Pius X.


Mike Evans
Academic Strategies III & IV Teacher

Mr. Evans is a first-year teacher at St. Pius X currently teaching Academic Strategies, Health, SAT/ACT Prep and Athletics and is also the new SPX Head Baseball Coach. He has spent the past 16 years in education at Houston ISD working in the field of Special Education, which allowed him to work with student differences from Asperger, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia and ADHA disorder. Mr. Evans has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in English, which he obtain after playing professional baseball for the Kansas City Royals.


Stephen Gonzalez
Academic Strategies I & II Teacher

Mr. Gonzalez began at The Learning for Success Center in the fall of 2017. He is currently the Academic Strategies I & II teacher. Mr. Gonzalez graduated from Schreiner University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in English, and is currently obtaining his M.Ed. in counseling at Prairie View A&M University. Prior to working at St. Pius X, Mr. Gonzalez worked at Cypress Woods High School and Houston Christian High School as an English and PACE teacher, as well as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Houston Christian.


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. 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.


Rachel Ware
Read 180 Specialist

Mrs. Ware began teaching Read 180 at St. Pius X High School in 2016 though she has taught English for nine years. In addition to teaching reading development, she also teaches sophomore English and serves as the current National Honor Society sponsor. Mrs. Ware graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication studies and minor in Secondary Education. She earned a M.Ed. with a special education emphasis in 2011 and holds Texas teaching certifications in Special Education, English Language Arts and Reading, and Speech.