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TXCSS 2019 Election - Poll opens September 1


Thank you for participating in this year's election process. Voting is the most important way for TXCSS Members to have a voice in the leadership of the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TXCSS).

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The candidates are listed by the office for which they are running. Voters may select one candidate for each open position. 

Cast your vote starting September 1.

Candidates for President - Elect 

Education: Bachelor of Social Work University of Texas, Masters of Education Concordia University Austin

Present Education Assignment: Program Manager TEKS Resource System ESC Region 13 since 2014; instructional coach Round Rock ISD; teacher Round Rock ISD and Hays CISD

Past Assignments: Program Manager TEKS Resource System ESC Region 13 since 2014; instructional coach Round Rock ISD; teacher Round Rock ISD and Hays CISD

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Current TCSS Curriculum Liaison; serve on TCSS Finance Committee; served as TCSS Chair of Scholarship Committee

Experience in other organizations: served as President of Austin La Sertoma Club

Awards or Honors: Stony Point HS 2007 Teacher of the Year

Position Statement: It is both an exciting and challenging time for teaching social studies. TCSS excels at fostering the excitement and addressing the challenges. As TCSS President-Elect I would be committed to supporting the outstanding services currently afforded to our membership, innovating to explore new venues for professional development and networking, and advocating for robust social studies education policies. We honor the work of those who have served before us as we continue to enhance our annual conference, and provide for our awards, grants, and scholarships. We move towards an exciting future as we utilize technology more effectively, build relationships with state leaders, and energize our committees. I would be honored, embracing the future together as your TCSS President-Elect.

Education: B.S. Elementary Education with a minor in social Studies- Emporia State University, 1976; M.S. Special Education, Emporia State University, 1980; M.Ed Mid Management/Educational Administrator-Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas 1998; Graduate Reading hours and ESL/ELL from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas; Social Studies-History hours from University of Dallas

Present Education Assignment: Richland College- Developmental Education , 2016-Present;

Past Assignments: Collin College, Education Courses, 2012-2014; Irving ISD, Elementary with ESL/ELL/Homebound/Social Studies and special education -1987-2011; Plano Hospital for Studeint in Rehab, 1986-87; Dallas ISD-ELA/Social Studies and self-contained classes-1980-1986; Tri-County Special Ed Coop-1978-1980; Garnett, Ks USD 365-Middle school Reading and History-1976-1977.

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: 2018-2019 Vice-President of Membership for TCSS; worked with TCSS Member Committee for 7 years and as Chair of Teacher Standards Committee for several years; Member of NCSS attending as a delegate to the 2018 National Conference; Local member and Board Representative of Irving CCS.

Experience in other organizations: Texas State Teachers Association/NEA/Irving Education Association as vice president and representative for Irving at three National NEA Conferences; member of the national ELL/ESL Caucus.

Awards or Honors: Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2004-2005; Grade level Chair during various years in Irving Schools. Chosen to attend NEA Leadership development conferences.

Position Statement: Paulo Freire once noted “Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning.” The mark of successful educators, is being a lifelong learner and teacher. Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) exemplifies this thru collaborative learning and teaching opportunities during our conferences and our various media publications. As a leader of the TCSS organization, the focus will be on the importance of membership. Being a part of a professional organization is essential to being a successful educator. Our fall conferences and publications are open to all members and provides opportunities for growth that encourages members to become leaders in the social studies discipline. My goals for the organization include building our membership base by expanding professional learning by providing accessible resource benefits and blending social media with face to face communication opportunities at the local, state and national levels.

Candidates for Vice President

Education: BS - Political Science / Masters - Education Administration / Masters Teacher Leadership / Ed D. Education Administration

Present Education Assignment: Social Studies Administrator - Lewisville ISD

Past Assignments: Teacher in Clear Creek ISD and Alief ISD

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: TCSS Recording Secretary, TCSS Finance committee member. National Council for Geographic Education, Texas Alliance for Geographic Education.

Experience in other organizations: ASCD

Awards or Honors: Teacher of the Year honor for 3 years

Position Statement: I would like to serve social studies teachers in Texas by offering relevant professional development, statewide collaboration opportunities, and a voice in education policies. It is my goal to bring in more members, especially targeting new to the classroom Texas teachers. TCSS is a great organization and I want to be a part of it to make a lasting difference for education in Texas.

Education: Bachelor Arts/Sciences: Secondary Education History 6-12, Secondary Education English 6-12, Speech 7-12

Present Education Assignment: Pasadena ISD (Pasadena Memorial High, Parkview Int, Dobie9 High)

Past Assignments:

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Southeast Council (president, secretary/membership, treasurer), TCSS (parliamentarian, president, recording secretary, board member at large), NCSS (member, Nominations Committee, HOD)

Experience in other organizations:

Awards or Honors: TCSS NOVA 2006, TSHA Teacher of the Year 2011, Holocaust Museum Houston Education Committee/Travel Fellow, Society of the Cincinnati Master Teacher, AGS Teacher Fellow 2018

Position Statement: As an active member of TCSS since 2003, I have served as an officer in three positions (past president), and currently serve as the Board Member at Large charged with interacting with social studies educators state-wide to increase TCSS membership. I currently serve on both the Publications Committee as a writer/editor for The Social Studies Texan and on the Conference Planning Committee. I have helped plan several TCSS conferences and was co-chair of the last Galveston conference. As your next Vice-President, I would assist the Director of Membership with her vast role of managing member accounts and conference registration, continue my efforts to involve social studies educators as active participants on committees, increase council membership with creative incentives, and encourage members to attend annual conferences. What better use of my time and efforts than to have social studies educators as my friends and colleagues?

Candidates for Parliamentarian

Education: BA in History and French language and literature, George Washington University, Masters in Teaching Social studies, UNC Chapel Hill

Present Education Assignment: RRISD Instructional Coach, secondary Social Studies (2013-2019),

Past Assignments: English teacher, Colegio Americano de Quito, 2010-2012, Social Studies Teacher, Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn, VA 2005-2010, Peace Corps Volunteer Romanian 2011-13

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Parliamentarian TCSS, 2019; Curriculum Committee Chair, 2018; President Hill Country Council for the Social Studies, 2017-18; member of TCSS since 2013;

Experience in other organizations: Secretary Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, 2013-16, President Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, 2017-18; member Boundary Advisory Committee for Austin ISD, 2017-2019

Awards or Honors:

Position Statement: I look forward to serving this professional organization for a second year. I am committed to advocating for the importance of social studies in our society. I organized a legislative visit to the Texas State Capitol in March 2019 to advocate for meaningful social studies assessments and instruction, along with a group of educators and TCSS members. Our democracy hinges on educating and empowering students of today with critical thinking and literacy skills. That is why I believe being an active member and officer of TCSS is key to my professional development and growth, and I look forward to continuing to make TCSS an important avenue for social studies teachers to gain a voice, build professional networks, and participate in meaningful professional development.

Education: B.A. Political Science, Texas State University, 2007; M.Ed. Educational Leadership, University of North Texas, 2013.

Present Education Assignment: K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD;

Past Assignments: Instructional Coach, Coppell ISD; Social Studies Department Chair, Coppell ISD; World History, Government, Economics, & Current Events, Coppell ISD.

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Current member of MSSSA, TSSSA, NSSSA, TCSS, and NCSS.

Experience in other organizations:

Awards or Honors: Coppell ISD Teacher of the Year

Position Statement: I believe there is no greater mission than passing the lessons of our civilization on to the next generation of citizens. Central to this mission is the knowledge that social studies education and civic participation are essential to ensuring a free and democratic society. To empower the next generation of citizens with that knowledge, social studies educators must have support. I work passionately to provide that support so educators can grow, collaborate, and have opportunities to be active citizens working for the advancement of social studies education. As parliamentarian, I am excited to express my passion by advising the council on parliamentary procedure so the work we do together is powerful, positive, and prudent. I look forward to learning and collaborating with social studies leaders across Texas so we can achieve this mission. Thank you for considering me for this honor and opportunity.

Candidates for At-Large Board Representative

Education: B.A. History, B.A. English, M.A. History - University of Texas-Pan American

Present Education Assignment: Social Studies Strategist Weslaco ISD 2012- Present.

Past Assignments: Social Studies teacher Weslaco High School 2000-2012.

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: TCSS Member: 2012-2019 Constitution Committee- 2016, 2018, and 2019

Experience in other organizations: Previously the Technology Officer of RGVCSS, Current Vice President and former Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Weslaco Museum

Awards or Honors: Teacher of the Month September 2010

Position Statement: Social Studies is the foundation of our democracy and the one content area that unites all other subjects. It is through social studies that we enrich and enlighten future generations.

Education: Bachelors Degree in Religion from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX). Currently working on my Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from Texas A&M University.

Present Education Assignment: 7th and 8th Grade History Teacher in Denton ISD; Curriculum Writer; Social Studies Department Head

Past Assignments: 6th and 7th Grade History Teacher in Coppell ISD; Team Leader; Curriculum Writer; History Department Head

Experience in Social Studies Organizations:

Experience in other organizations: Member of the iCivics Educator Network;

Awards or Honors: Texas Residential Week at Mount Vernon; Awarded multiple grants to attend conferences;

Position Statement: Since beginning my education career more than a decade ago, I have been involved with TCSS as a member and have been a participant at numerous conferences. Having received and benefited so much from my experiences with TCSS, I think it is about time that I gave back. My experience in education will be a benefit as well as my background in Middle School education will be an asset and my background in incorporating technology with history education could also be an asset moving forward.

Education: BA History-Secondary Education University of North Texas -- MA History Texas A&M-Commerce

Present Education Assignment: Prairie Vista Middle School ,2015-Present, Texas History & US History

Past Assignments: Inspired Vision Secondary School, 2012-2015, Department Head World History, US History, Psychology, Sociology, AP US History

Experience in Social Studies Organizations:

Experience in other organizations: Campus Planning and Advisory Committee (2015-2018)

Awards or Honors: IVSS Faculty of the Month (2014-2015)

Position Statement: As an educator, I attempt to model and facilitate activities that encourage students to complete scenarios and create projects, which focuses on citizenship and evaluates rights and responsibilities of Americans. In the aforementioned projects & scenarios, my students are required to analyze historical and current events while evaluating the impact of individuals. As a subject, social studies focuses on relationships and interactions in a society. A course which instills critical skills that our students will use throughout their lives. With this position, my hope is to offer my services and insights to a larger community. As a collective, I hope to provide a positive impact to my profession, community and society by assisting the advancement of the field its teachers and most importantly our students.

Education: University of Houston-Clear Lake, BA in History. Social Studies Composite certified.

Present Education Assignment: Lewisville ISD; AP Human Geography, World Geography.

Past Assignments: Needville ISD, Tidehaven ISD, and Barbers Hill ISD.

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: I have been a committee member for our local social studies council, PCCSS, as well as currently a member of the Special Awards Committee for TCSS. I have also presented at the local, state and national levels on various topics and best practices. I am also a member of NCSS and NCGE.

Experience in other organizations:

Awards or Honors: TCSS High School Teacher of the Year 2018 National Council of Geographic Education -Distinguished K-12 Teacher of the Year -2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow – 2019. National Geographic Certified Educator.

Position Statement: I am running for TCSS member at large because I feel that social studies, in particular this organization, has been an important part of my learning and growth as an educator and it’s my turn to give back to the people that have done so much for me. I have learned so much through conferences and networking, it makes sense that my next step in leadership be to join this organization as an at large representative to continue the growth of our membership and share all the wonderful professional opportunities TCSS has to offer.

Candidates for Middle School Board Representative

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of North Texas 1998

Present Education Assignment: Davis School, Denton ISD 1999-present; Middle School Social Studies Teacher, present; previously Elementary and Middle School ELAR Teacher

Past Assignments:

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: 2017-present Served on the TCSS Conference Committee and Awards Committee; 2018-present Co-Chair of the TCSS Conference Presenters Committee

Experience in other organizations:

Awards or Honors: Davis School Teacher of the Year 2016

Position Statement: I believe that teaching and advocating for social studies is an important and necessary part in preserving our nation's democracy. Volunteering is a passion of mine, and since I began volunteering with TCSS three years ago, I've grown more committed to helping TCSS continue to fulfill its mission and vision. As the Middle School Board Representative I look forward to being a part of an organization that strives to keep educators informed and empowered to better their professional craft.

Education: Concordia University, Austin, TX Master’s Degree, Instructional Leadership, Honors. April, 2019 Pasadena ISD Alternative Teacher Certification Program “ATCP” 2014-2015 Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Marketing, May 2001

Present Education Assignment: 08/2014 – Present- Studies Teacher (5th & 6th GT-Pre Ap)- De Zavala Middle School, Pasadena ISD.

Past Assignments: 2013-2015 Instructional Aide, Henderson ISD. Prior to working in the education field I a Realtor for 11 years as well as a licensed escrow officer.

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Southeast Council for the Social Studies (SECSS) 2019-2020: President Elect-Southeast Council of Social Studies (SECSS) 2018-Present: President- Southeast Council of Social Studies (SECSS) 2017-2018: Vice President- Southeast Council of Social Studies (SECSS) 2016-2017: Membership Chair- Southeast Council of Social Studies (SECSS) Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) 2019-2020: State Candidate- Texas Middle School Representative 2017-Present: Conference and Membership Committee Board Member Attended Texas Council of Social Studies Conference, Las Colinas, 2017 Attended Texas Council of Social Studies Conference, Corpus Christi, 2016 Attended Texas Council of Social Studies Conference, Ft. Worth, 2015 Attended Texas Council of Social Studies Conference, Galveston, 2014 National Council for the Social Studies- Member since 2014 2019 TCSS/NCSS Conference Committee Member Attended National Conference in Washington, DC 2016 Attended National Conference in New Orleans, LA 2015

Experience in other organizations: Texas Master Naturalist- Coastal Prairie Chapter 2016- Present Certified thru Texas A&M AgriLife Extension/Texas Parks and Wildlife Educational Outreach Volunteer in surrounding counties Volunteer alongside a group of trained volunteers who share an appreciation and knowledge of nature with the community through educational outreach, conservation and restoration projects Annually volunteer the required minimum of 60 hours for the chapter to maintain the Master Naturalists certification with the state of Texas Continually complete the required advanced training hours to maintain Master Naturalist certification with the state of Texas.

Awards or Honors: 2019- Gilder Lehrman Institute recipient of Teacher Summer Seminar to FDR Presidential Library. 2019- Delta Kappa Gamma International Scholarship recipient for advanced studies. 2019- Inducted into Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

Position Statement: As your TCSS Middle School Board Representative, I would continue to honor and support TCSS and TSSA by being an advocate for the joint mission of upholding one of TEA’s many goals of “the primary purpose of the public-school curriculum is to prepare thoughtful, active citizens who understand the importance of patriotism” through the social studies curriculum. I would continue to collaborate with fellow TCSS and TSSA members in identifying and addressing any gaps in TEKS as well as share celebrations recognized as furthering the Social Studies within the Middle School grade grouping. My professional educational passion is Instructional Leadership with an emphasis on Social Studies coaching. I gravitate towards individuals and organizations that want to support Social Studies as a crucial course. I want to assist those same groups in learning ways we can provided students a variety of courses that instills global minded thinkers who learn to embrace diversity yet value the traditions and ideals of America’s founding fathers. I look forward to your support.

Education: Kinesiology B.S. at Texas Woman’s University. Educational Leadership M.Ed. Stephen F Austin State University

Present Education Assignment: Highland Middle School 2016-present

Past Assignments: Workman Junior High 2015-2016, Trinity Basin Preparatory 2012-2015

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Member of NCSS, TCSS

Experience in other organizations:

Awards or Honors:

Position Statement: I am running to serve the Middle School Social Studies teachers in our state to the best of my abilities. I will serve as a listening ear and work to ensure your voices are heard. Our content is important and I will work with you to ensure that it is treated as an important subject.

Education: BA - Meredith College Raleigh, NC

Present Education Assignment: Prestonwood Christian Academy 1 yr

Past Assignments: Long Middle School CFBISD 1 1/2 yr, Substitute Teacher 2 yrs FISD,CFBISD, Franklin County Schools Louisburg, NC 11 years

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: member of Texas Council for Social Studies; member of National Council for Social Studies

Experience in other organizations: Member of PENC - Professional Educators of North Carolina;

Awards or Honors: Teacher of the Year 2006-2007, Chair for Common Core for Middle Schools Franklin County 2012-2013, Certificate of Achievement for Lead Mentor 2012 >br>
Position Statement: Since returning to Texas, my home state, I am excited to become active promoting Social Studies for future generations. While I value STEM curriculum - I worry that Social Studies is not appreciated enough to provide our students with a well-rounded humanities approach to education. The work of Social Studies teachers combined TCSS's platform to share ideas and lesson plans encourages us to teach at our highest level and demonstrates our commitment to future historians.

Education: Bachelors of Science, Sam Houston State University, 2006; Masters of Education, Sam Houston State University, 2010; Post-masters level hours, Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2016

Present Education Assignment: World Geography and American History, Avalon School

Past Assignments: Rice ISD, 2006-2007, Ferris ISD, 2007-2008; Trinity Valley Community College, 2015-present

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: member TCSS

Experience in other organizations: Board member for Kernow Storm FC

Awards or Honors: National Geographic Educator Certification, HEB Scholarship Recipient for 4 years

Position Statement: As a child growing up in a family of educators, I was constantly surrounded with learning. It helped me to develop an avid love for learning in all areas of social studies. In school, I was encouraged by teachers to get involved on the local, state and national levels and become an involved citizen. Having taught in the both public schools and at the college level, and also worked in the business world in some form since the age of 16, these different experiences has helped me to grow as a parent, and educator. As my family grows I am blessed to get to share my love with my family as we travel and explore our great country. It would be a great pleasure to have the opportunity to get to continue that learning experience by working with TCSS in the coming years. I feel that not only my teaching, but my business experience, would make me a great candidate for this position as your representative.

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, UNT. Certified in Social Studies and ELA in 2002

Present Education Assignment: 8th Grade U.S. History teacher and Social Studies Dept. Head, McMath MS, Denton ISD.

Past Assignments: 16 years in 6-8 Social Studies after 16 years as a MS and HS band director in Carrollton, FW, McKinney, and Denton.

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: TCSS Scholarship Committee member

Experience in other organizations:

Awards or Honors: McMath MS Dept Chair, Denton ISD Curriculum Writing Committee

Position Statement: I'm fairly new to TCSS as an active member, but I've been in middle school social studies for 16 years with experience teaching World Cultures, Texas History, and 8th Grade U.S. and Pre-AP U.S. History. Our students are growing up into a smaller and more interconnected world than at any point in history, and we are the teachers who show them how that world came to be and how they can shape its future. I will advocate for expanding technology access to our teachers and students, and for the role Social Studies plays in developing language and literacy for all students. TCSS has supported me and made me a better teacher, and if elected to the board, I will work to ensure that those opportunities for growth are there for our teachers.

Candidates for University Representative

Educational Background
Ed. D. Social Foundations of Education

Current and past professional employment
Professor of Education-the University of Texas at Tyler (2005-present), Georgia Southern University, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Washington College. Middle and secondary social studies teacher- Pioneer Valley Regional School, Northfield, MA, Exeter HIgh School, Exeter, NH, Rye Junior High School Rye, NH

NCSS- Publications Committee, Academic Freedom Committee, Sub-committee for Social Education, TCSS- Publications Committee, University Board Representative Master Robert- First Place Award for Historical Fiction , Texas Association of Authors, 2015 Mary Jon and J. P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award Finalist, Study Tour, Yad Vashem, Israel-International Holocaust Museum.

Position Statement
As a university representative, I will use my position to advance social studies education by being involved in teacher education programs in social studies, publishing articles in the Texan as well as other state and national journals, and participating in national/state conferences to invite speakers to submit articles to the Social Studies Texan for possible publication.

Education: Ph.D University of Southern Mississippi

Present Education Assignment: Stephen F. Austin State University - Assistant Professor

Past Assignments:

Experience in Social Studies Organizations: Board Representative - TCSS; International Assembly - Treasurer NCSS Government Public Relations Committee - Vice President - NCSS

Experience in other organizations: Board Representative - TCSS; International Assembly - Treasurer NCSS Government Public Relations Committee - Vice President - NCSS

Awards or Honors: Phi Delta Kappa

Position Statement: One of the most important things we do as educators is to help children in our care develop into good citizens within the global community! With the current climate of high-stakes testing, teaching social studies has taken a back seat to other subject areas. In my job as an assistant professor, I help teachers develop strategies for integrating social studies into the curriculum and show them the value of social studies education.

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