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President - Elect 

Vice President

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: 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?

Parliamentarian

At-Large Board Representative

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: 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.

Middle School Board Representative

University 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.

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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