2018 TCWSE Annual Conference Program

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34th Annual Conference 2018 Conference Committee Conference Coordinator

2018 Executive Board Officers President

Tina L. Seaman, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD, 4


Sharon D. Ross, Retired Superintendent

Committee Members

Vice President

Karla Moyer, President/Consultant, Kareer Koaching, 13

Danna Beaty, Tarleton State


Lisa Fay Meysembourg, Superintendent, Schulenburg ISD, 13


Shelly Slaughter, Superintendent, Cumby ISD, 8

Past President

Stacey McGraw, Teacher, Allen ISD, 10

Sharon Ross, Retired Superintendent

Margie Blount, Katy ISD Kathleen Brown, Duncanville ISD Alice Clayton, Angleton ISD Sonya Cole-Hamilton, Lancaster ISD Diane Frost, Corsicana ISD LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD Tina Herrington, Wharton ISD

Executive Secretary/ Treasurer Ann M. Halstead, Assistant Executive Director, Services and Systems Administration, TASA, 13 Legal Counsel

Laura Sanders Fowler, Attorney, The Fowler Law Firm, P.C., 13

Denecia Hohenberger, Cooper ISD Beverly J. Irby, Texas A&M University

Regional Advisory Committee

Denise Kornegay, Paris ISD

Tina Herrington, Superintendent, Wharton ISD, 3

Sandra McCoy-Jackson, Sanger ISD

Lindsey Pollock, Principal, Houston ISD, 4

Stacy McGraw, Allen ISD Lisa Meysembourg, Schulenberg ISD Helena Mosely, Crowley ISD

Lorena Zertuche, Principal, Katy ISD, 4 Stacey Edmonson, Dean, College of Education, Sam Houston State University, 6

Karla Moyer, Kareer Koaching

Jennifer Smith Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Texas–Tyler, 7

Lindsey Pollock, Houston ISD

Denise Kornegay, State/Federal Programs Director, Paris ISD, 8

Barbara Polnick, Sam Houston State University

Hope M. Appel, Assistant Superintendent, Vernon ISD, 9

Karen Saunders, Morton ISD

Denise Beutel, Director, ESC Region 10, 10

Tina Seaman, Katy ISD

Danna M. Beaty, Associate Professor, Tarleton State University, 11

Tia Simmons, Duncanvill ISD

Diane Frost, Superintendent, Corsicana ISD, 12

Shelley Slaughter, Cumby ISD

Rhonda Dillard, Executive Director of Human Resources, Frenship ISD, 17

Jennifer Smith Jones, University of TexasTyler

Cynthia Bayuk-Bishop, Associate Executive Director, ESC Region 18, 18

Diane Stegall, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Kathyrn Washington, Goodrich ISD Linda Wheeler, Katy ISD Veronica Williams, Lamar CISD

Greeters TCWSE Past Presidents


Patricia Ann Welter, Assistant Principal, San Antonio ISD, 20

Review Committee of Past Presidents (active) Margret A. Montgomery Sheffield, Consultant, Montgomery Consultant Services, Inc. (1984–1985) Yvonne Katz, Superintendent (Retired)/Trustee, Alamo Community College District (1986–1987) Janiece T. Campbell, Retired Professor (1987–1988) Virginia L. Collier, Retired Superintendent/Professor (1990–1991) Genevieve Brown, Retired Dean (1993–1994) Jackie Jenkins, Consultant, Jackie Jenkins Ph.D. Consulting (1994–1995) Juneria P. Berges, Consultant, Juneria P. Berges Consultant (1995–1996) Beverly J. Irby, Professor and Chair, K-12 Educational Administration Programs, Texas A&M University (1996–1997) Barbara A. Sultis, Retired Superintendent/Educational Consultant (1997–1998) Dianne Hess, Consultant, Dianne Hess Consulting (1998–1999) Judi Jones Benestante, Consultant, The Benestante Group (1999–2000) Anita M. Pankake, Retired Professor (2000–2001) Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Birdville ISD (2001–2002) Shirley M. Coleman, Retired Superintendent/Consultant (2002–2003) Vicki Miller, Retired Administrator (2004–2005) Nancy K. Vaughan, Retired Superintendent/Category Manager for Instruction and Intervention, School Specialty (2005–2006) Jennifer S. Blaine, Associate Superintendent, Administration and Operations, Spring Branch ISD (2006–2007) Viviana Lopez, Director, Education Initiatives, Texas Education Agency (2007–2008) Priscilla White, Retired Consultant/Consultant (2008–2009) Diane Stegall, Retired Superintendent/Financial Advisor, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial (2009–2010) Lu Stephens, Retired Professor/Consultant, (2010-2012) Denise Daniels, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD (2012) Jean Bahney, Executive Director, Special Education, Austin ISD (2013) Patricia L. Ramirez, Principal, San Antonio ISD (2014) LaTonya M. Goffney, Superintendent, Lufkin ISD (2015)


2018 Conference Sponsors President’s Circle Creating & Managing Wealth, LLC

2018 TCWSE Awards & Recognitions

Margret Montgomery Leadership Award Given to an outstanding Texas educator who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and supported professionalism for women in education and who exemplifies the mission of TCWSE. The recipient of the Margret Montgomery Leadership Award must be a member of TCWSE.

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Bravo Awards Presented to exemplary practitioners, innovative programs, and initiatives that promote community and parental involvement.

Résumé Reviews (Room 618)

Moderator: Helena Mosely, Executive Director of Elementary Leadership, Crowley ISD Pam Berry, Executive Director of Secondary Leadership, Crowley ISD Debi Crawford, Assistant Professor/Director of Student Teaching, Jarvis Christian College Ann Dixon, Retired Superintendent Dessynie Edwards, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

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TCWSE 2018 Conference Agenda* Friday, January 26 3–6:30 p.m.


4–6 p.m.

TCWSE Executive Board Meeting

Salon D Foyer 406

Saturday, January 27 7 a.m.–6 p.m.


Salon D. Foyer

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Newcomer Session

8:15-9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast/1st General Session Melanie Mayer

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Focus Session #1

In Rooms Assigned

11 a.m.-Noon

Focus Session #2

In Rooms Assigned

Noon-2 p.m.

Luncheon/2nd General Session LaTonya Goffney

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Focus Session #3

In Rooms Assigned

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Career Panels

In Rooms Assigned

4:30-6 p.m.

Welcome Reception

406 Salon DE

Salon DE

Salon DE

Sunday, January 28 (All sessions in Salon DE) 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:40 a.m.

President’s Address and Installation of 2018 Officers

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Mentoring with Master Specialists

10-11 a.m.

3rd General Session/Door Prizes Carol G. Perez

*See page 7 for the Female Superintendents’ Summit Agenda. All summit activities take place in Salon J, 6th Floor. TCWSE’s SBEC Provider Number: 500139


Female Superintendents’ Summit

Salon J (6th Floor)

Saturday January 27 This summit will give female superintendents the rare opportunity to collaborate in a professional learning community. The goal is for us to leverage the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences of colleagues to increase our effectiveness as leaders. In essence, we will use this as an opportunity for current and former superintendents to sharpen our saws and strengthen our networks. 7:30–8:15 a.m.

New Superintendents: Please attend TCWSE Newcomer Session

8:15–9:30 a.m.

TCWSE 1st General Session

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Coffee Chat with Female Superintendents

11 a.m.–Noon

Aspiring Superintendents Panel

Noon–2 p.m.

TCWSE Celebration Luncheon/2nd General Session

2:15–2:30 p.m.

Welcome & Introductions

LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD

2:30-3 p.m.

Building a Culture of Excellence

Angi Williams, Galena Park ISD

3-3:30 p.m.

Inspiring Hope through Difficult Times

Jill Siler, Gunter ISD

3:30-4 p.m.

Leaving a Legacy of Excellence

Wanda Bamberg, Aldine ISD

4-4:15 p.m.

Financial Planning Tips/Presentation of Gifts

Christina Gears, Creating and Managing Wealth4:15-5 p.m.


Saturday Sessions 7:30–8:15 a.m.

Newcomer Session


Framing Our World Jump Start! Grab some breakfast and join us for an energetic start to YOU framing your world! Say … Meditate … Do! 8:15–9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast / 1st General Session


Tina Seaman, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD, and 2017 TCWSE President


Johnny L. Veselka, Executive Director, TASA


Melanie Mayer, Author and Adjunct English Professor, Del Mar College

Salon D

The Five Ps of Powerful Leadership Award-winning high school teacher, author, and independent Consultant Melanie Mayer insists that the words we speak and the work we do at all levels of education truly can change the world. In this humorous and inspirational opening presentation, she invites us to consider immediate and practical ways educators can inspire and elevate a classroom, campus, or an entire district.


Saturday, January 27

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Focus Session #1

Framing a School’s Culture With an Early College High School Partnership Speaker:

Tina Herrington, Superintendent, Wharton ISD This session will highlight a district located in Wharton, Texas, that has successfully partnered with Wharton County Junior College to implement an Early College High School. The ROAR Academy is located 60 miles southeast of Houston and consists of 100 students. This model was implemented in 2014 and is preparing for the first graduates. Success stories shared by the students will inspire participants to frame their own campus cultures around college readiness.

From Gunsmoke to Star Trek … It’s a Dusty Ride Speakers:


Debi Crawford, Assistant Professor/Director of Student Teaching, Jarvis Christian College Stories from the interview process where five times I was a runner up. The stories—told with humor—demonstrate how putting yourself out there and not succeeding helps you to grow and learn. It shapes your perspective, makes you stronger, clarifies your beliefs, and is worth the journey.

One Day at a Time—It’s a Balancing Act



Jill Siler, Superintendent, Gunter ISD Amy Jacobs, Superintendent, Coahoma ISD Deann Lee, Superintendent, Millsap ISD Are you considering the next step in your career but don’t know if you’re ready? Whether you’re considering becoming a superintendent and worried about whether you can “do it all” or if you’re currently in an executive leadership position, come hear how three superintendents balance work, family, and everything else! Learn how courage, victory, and joy can be yours.

11 a.m.–Noon

Focus Session #2

The Words We Speak: The Language of Successful Women Speaker:

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Denise Shetter, Superintendent, Kermit ISD Janet Hunt, Superintendent, Crane ISD Cathy Palmer, Superintendent, O’Donnell ISD Our dusty little towns have always seen technology as what someone else did to support email, gradebooks, and electronic flashcards. We have traveled a long and dusty road to move into the 21st century where we are beginning to integrate technology as an instructional tool. The leadership needed to promote the progressive ideas in a small, rural community requires a focus on a future-driven mission grounded in partnerships that are often challenging to maintain. Come laugh and cry as we share the stories of our journeys.

The Runner Up … Or, Five Times a Bridesmaid Speaker:



Jennifer Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Texas–Tyler The language we speak in both word and deed communicates who we are as leaders. Communication—both verbal and nonverbal—can lead or impede our pathway to success. Presenters will share personal experiences and strategies to overcome barriers to career advancement. Learn how to break through the glass ceiling and become your own catalyst to leadership through the “Language of Successful Women” and be inspired to take risk and develop the courage, passion, and confidence to overcome the barriers to advancement.

Saturday, January 27

Partnership Possibilities: Stories from Two Universities Session One: Working with University Research Opportunities


Speaker: Amy Jurica Hinnant, Outreach Coordinator, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M Univerity

This session provides an overview of the ways to partner with research faculty and universities in the field of education. Working with grant-funded projects that can provide professional development of teaching staff, engagement of students in innovative learning opportunities and partnerships for future projects, superintendent and principals will appreciate learning more about how their districts can benefit from and support research with a university.

Session Two: Who’s on First? Shared Responsibilities for a Strong Educational System


Theresa Nolan Williams, Deputy Superintendent, Academic Services, Lubbock ISD Robin Lock, Vice Dean, College of Education, Texas Tech University Lubbock ISD and Texas Tech University have worked together to develop a strategic partnership focused on increasing rigor and readiness for struggling students. This effort has impacted academics, teacher and principal preparation, and community engagement and partnerships. This unique relationship has required an honest and unified partnership built on direct communications, shared responsibility, and joint investment in the success of the initiatives.

It Takes A Village: Moving a 3rd-Year IR Campus to Met Standard With Distinction 4 10 Speakers:

Jamey Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Brenham ISD Christie Olivarez, Director of Human Resources, Brenham ISD Jessica Johnston, Director of Communications and Special Projects, Brenham ISD How do you move a 3rd-year IR campus to Met Standard? The answer: It Takes A Village! In this session, you will learn how Brenham ISD first changed central office practices in order to impact campus learning. We will guide you through our internal transformation in Human Resources, Communications, Curriculum & Instruction, and campus leadership based off of the Continuous Improvement Model and the power of positive leadership.

Planning For Your Financial Future Speaker:


Angela Gordon, Investment Advisor Representative, Creating & Managing Wealth, LLC* Will you have enough money in retirement? What are your financial blind spots? This presentation is designed to help you develop a strategy and identify your blind spots so that you can properly plan for your financial future. *TCWSE President’s Circle Sponsor

Aspiring Superintendents Career Panel

Salon J (6th Floor)


Diane Frost, Superintendent, Corsicana ISD


LaTanya Goffney, Superintendent, Lufkin ISD Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent, Grand Prairie ISD Jeannie Stone, Superintendent, Richardson ISD Charlene Simpson, Deputy Director, Academic and Administrative Services, ESC Region 12 Panelists talk about their pathways and how they arrived in their positions, what networking strategies they used, their “game plan” to get there, and if that game plan changed. There will be time for Q&A with the audience.

Noon–2 p.m.

Celebration Luncheon / 2nd General Session


Tina L. Seaman, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD, and 2017 TCWSE President


LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent, Lufkin ISD and 2018 TASB Superintendent of the Year

Salon D

Living the Dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the “I Have a Dream” speech over 50 years ago. The dream he spoke of has manifested itself in the lives of Americans today. Join LaTonya Goffney as she shares her life story, and how education was the impetus to her dreams. She fondly calls herself an Education Evangelist because education has enabled her to break the chains of generations of poverty and truly live the dream. Her life’s mission now is to work to ensure that all students in her care are afforded the 9 same opportunity—to graduate and live out their dreams.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Focus Session #3

Framing the Vision: Fort Bend ISD’s Profile of a Graduate Speakers:


Kristin Tassin, Board President, Fort Bend ISD Alice Ledford, Executive Director, Strategic Planning, Fort Bend ISD Beth Martinez, Chief of Staff & Strategic Planning, Fort Bend ISD FBISD wanted to answer the question: What critical attributes should Fort Bend ISD students have upon graduating from our district? After receiving input from principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members, FBISD created the Profile of a Graduate. This session is designed to share Fort Bend ISD’s approach to aligning the district’s governing documents with one another and to share the process the Vision and Planning committee engaged in while developing the Profile of a Graduate.

It Takes Three—Components to Frame Self-Leadership Speaker:


Kelly Ford Proutt, Primary Principal, Lufkin ISD The leader leads but who keeps the leader on course? Leaders need a repertoire of strategies based on knowing goals, self, and beliefs. The words we speak and the work we do influence not only ourselves but also those we lead. This session will highlight three main components to framing selfleadership through lecture and engaging activities.

Visioning Strategies to Frame and Create Buy-in: Personal, Campus, and District 410 Speakers:

Hope Appel, Assistant Superintendent, Vernon ISD Jennifer Young, Counselor, Vernon ISD This session will provide strategies implemented by Vernon ISD to create a district vision that started with each teacher. VISD will share how the teachers, campus, and district created a common vision and how it holds each other accountable to it. A shared vision drives what we want to achieve academically socio-emotionally for our students. The work on visioning by DuFour, Marzano, and Wink will be shared in this session.

Wonder Woman in a Superman World: Leading When You Are Not the “One in Charge” 412 Speakers:

Mary Winn, Professor, Tarleton State University Carol Adcock, Principal, Birdville Center for Technology and Advanced Learning, Birdville ISD Too often women aspiring to leadership roles must strategically navigate their own personal growth to ensure access to opportunities. Much like Wonder Woman, women in leadership must tap into a wide range of extraordinary skills and tools utilizing self-leadership to prepare them and create opportunity for access to leadership roles. This section will use the symbolic tools of Wonder Woman to make connections strategies of self-leadership and self-development.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Career Panels In our popular Career Panels—geared toward different levels of administration—panelists talk about their pathways and how they arrived in their positions, what networking strategies they used, their “game plan” to get there, and if that game plan changed. There will be time for Q&A with the audience.

Principals/Aspiring Leadership Moderator:

Doreen Martinez, Principal, Pasadena ISD


Tremayna Thomas, Principal, Fort Worth ISD Margie Blount, Principal, Katy ISD Lorena Zertuche, Principal, Katy ISD

Human Relations

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Helena Mosely, Executive Director of Elementary Leadership, Crowley ISD


Pam Berry, Executive Director of Secondary Leadership, Crowley ISD Ann Dixon, Retired Superintendent



Higher Education/Education Service Centers



Jennifer-Smith Jones, Associate Professor, University of Texas–Tyler


Lizzy Asbury, Director of Administrative Services, ESC Region 10, and Founder/CEO, Asbury Consulting Firm Julia Ballenger, Professor, Texas A&M University–Commerce Danna Beaty, Associate Professor, Tarleton State University Dessynie Edwards, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, University of Texas-Tyler Pam Winn, Professor, Tarleton State University

Retired and Beyond Moderator:

Karla Moyer, President/Consultant, Kareer Koaching


Shirley Coleman, Retired Superintendent/Consultant Debi Crawford, Assistant Professor/Director of Student Teaching, Jarvis Christian College Vicki Miller, Retired Administrator Diane Stegall, Retired Superintendent and Financial Advisor, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial4

4:30–6 p.m.

Welcome Reception


TCWSE Conference attendees, presenters, sponsors, and guests gather together at our reception for relaxation and networking. It’s a great opportunity to unwind after the day’s activities and to get to know any folks you haven’t yet met.

Sunday Sessions

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:15–8:40 a.m.

President’s Address and Installation of 2018 Officers


Tina L. Seaman, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD, and 2017 TCWSE President

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Mentoring with Master Specialists

Shelly Slaughter, Superintendent, Cumby ISD, and Deann Lee, Superintendent, Milsap ISD

10–11 a.m.

Salon DE

3rd General Session


Sharon Ross, Retired Superintendent, and 2018 TCWSE President


Carol G. Perez, Superintendent, Kingsville ISD

MicroSociety at KISD—Framing Children’s Educational World with Words and Work! The MicroSociety model’s philosophy states that if we expect children to one day run the world, we must provide them with a world to run! The expectations are 1) As each community does in real-life, each model should have its own uniqueness, and 2) MicroSociety allows KISD to continue providing 21st-century learning skills. This also gives students the opportunity to explore various career paths. The structure of MicroSociety begins with the Governance process. The students learn about different governments, and they get to vote as a student-body on what kind of government they would like their society to have. Then come the ventures, or businesses. Ventures will vary by campus, and they include Banking/Finance, Education, Media and Technology, Travel and Tourism, and many others. Because of the hands-on skills the students are using in their ventures, they are learning other skills, such as vocabulary, team work, leadership and time management. It takes learning beyond having to memorize a lesson in the classroom. MicroSociety also gives students the opportunity to look at different caree

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