Olvin Carias currently serves as an assistant principal at KIPP Generations Collegiate in Houston, Texas. As a founding teacher, he has been working relentlessly to provide optimal opportunities in STEM fields for students in the Northside, North Forest, and East End communities. Olvin graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics and then went on to pursue a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City. Olvin’s teaching experiences started at the age of 15, where he was hired to teach sixth grade Math at Breakthrough Miami and continued for 8 years in Breakthrough Cambridge. Before arriving to Houston, Olvin taught AP Calculus and Chemistry at his alma mater in Miami and worked for the Walt Disney Company. His positivity and goofy personality makes Olvin a fun person to be around as you can hear him singing Disney songs throughout the day. Olvin lives by the philosophy that education is not just about teaching but about motivating, encouraging, inspiring, and most importantly positively influencing students to go beyond what is possible. In 2014, Olvin received the Kinder in Excellent Teaching Award and named a finalist for the National Fishman Award for his consistent support for student learning. Olvin has served as a lead teacher, curriculum writer, grade level chair, instructional coach, department chair, assistant principal, and looks forward to opening his own school to serve students in Houston with rigorous education opportunities and prepare them for successful careers and lives. He is excited to continue serving the East End community by founding their new high school opening in Fall of 2020.