TSNAP Election

TSNAP invites members to get to know the candidates.  Electronic voting will open October 16 and close October 31, 2018.  Each current/paid TSNAP member will be emailed a ballot on October 16, 2018.  Results will be announced on the TSNAP website on November 1, 2018.  Good luck to our members running for office! 

(Candidate information is presented as submitted by the candidates.) 

 

TSNAP OFFICER CANDIDATES 

2019 Vice-President / President-Elect

Christina Trotter, Coordinator of Student Assessment, Humble ISD 


Briefly describe why you want to serve as a TSNAP Officer.

I believe it’s not what you do; it’s why you do it that makes the difference. My why is because I enjoy supporting our colleagues. Throughout the years, I have witnessed numerous changes to assessment and accountability, but one constant is the support I received from other professionals. I attended my first Texas Assessment Conference in 2006 as campus testing coordinator at a large high school. As I drove home from that conference, my mind was spinning with new ideas, fueled by the excitement of implementation. In 2011, as a newly named district testing coordinator for Humble ISD, I joined TSNAP and attended the TSNAP New Coordinator Academy. Once again, I received an incredible amount of support from both new and experienced district testing coordinators. When my phone rings, often times it is a new DTC asking for support, looking for a document, or they just need to talk to somebody who has walked the same path. I feel blessed to share with them my experiences and expertise. We have to look after each other. It is my goal to make sure we all get to wherever we are going together, and that we have a vision for a brighter tomorrow. 

Describe your strengths for the office you have been nominated.

Elected as secretary of TSNAP in 2016 and again in 2017, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving and now seek to serve as President-Elect. I consider myself a people person and enjoy being involved in all aspects of leadership. Previously, I assisted training new district testing coordinators in Region 4, as well as at the TSNAP New Coordinator’s Academy. I have also presented at the Texas Assessment Conference multiple times, even bringing my campus testing coordinators to present. Our strength and opportunity for professional development come from the people in this organization. I build relationships, strive to connect with others and bring people together because I believe those are priorities for effective leadership. Currently, I hold the role of National Charity League, Inc. national advisor which mentors the forming of new chapters across the United States. Previously, I had the privilege of serving in the role of chapter president. With this experience, I bring to the TSNAP membership my ability to connect with and mentor others as well as my ability to manage projects. I always look for ways to grow as an effective leader as well as to recognize and develop leadership skills among my colleagues. As President-Elect of TSNAP, my strengths will help to create places and spaces where others can come together and connect with each other. 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

My professional journey of coordinating state assessments began over twenty years ago in 1995 as a newly named middle school counselor, during the TAAS era. I have seen numerous changes from TAAS to TAKS, and now STAAR. For many years, I had the opportunity to serve as a campus testing coordinator in both middle schools and large high schools in three different districts, both as a counselor and then as an assistant principal. In 2011, I became a district testing coordinator in Humble ISD. We are a district of 43,000 students and 45 campuses. I work with approximately 200 campus testing coordinators in the district who are responsible for all state assessments, as well as College Board and ACT testing. I have been blessed to work with many fantastic district testing coordinators through TSNAP, and my hope is that I will continue to lead others as those that have come before me.

 

2019-2020 Treasurer (2 year term) 

Thomas Negri, Coordinator State Assessments, Fort Bend ISD 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as a TSNAP Officer.

It has been an honor and privilege serving the TSNAP membership as Treasurer for the past three years, and I am seeking reelection to continue that service. Although work as the Treasurer can be time-consuming during certain periods, I enjoy helping members when they have questions regarding membership payments, how to submit purchase orders, where to find their payment receipts, and such.

I have 12 years experience as a district testing coordinator. As Treasurer I am able to share my knowledge and experiences with the organization as a whole, whether it be through presenting at the Texas Assessment Conference or sharing information on the TSNAP Social Link.

Describe your strengths for the office you have been nominated.

This position requires an understanding of the budgeting processes and procedures and requires a clear understanding of the state and federal regulations governing non-profit organizations such as TSNAP. The position also requires the Treasurer to report on budget matters with the TSNAP Board of Directors and with members, and to answer questions regarding dues submissions.

As Treasurer I have:

  • Learned the tax laws regarding non-profit organizations;
  • Prepared and submitted all required Federal Income Tax documents;
  • Managed the TSNAP budget with Quicken and used that program to generate a variety of reports;
  • Helped implement the rollout of the TSNAP website;
  • Managed invoices, payments, and receipts through the website;
  • Responded in a timely manner to all members’ questions regarding submitting dues.

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

I have been a District Testing Coordinator for twelve years, the first two in Alief ISD and the last 10 in Fort Bend.

I joined TSNAP in 2006, and in 2014 I was elected as the BRATS Director. In 2016 I was asked to serve the remainder of Shannon Kuhrt’s term as Treasurer and was elected to office of Vice-President in 2017.

 

2019 Secretary 

Melissa Haney, Coordinator of Accountability, Assessment & IMA, Hutto ISD 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as a TSNAP Officer.

TSNAP has been a huge resource for me since my very first months as a District Testing Coordinator in July of 2011. As I learn and grow in this role, I find myself seeking more opportunities to serve and give back to the organization, to help create systems and structures that will serve DTCs statewide and keep up with the ever-changing face of state assessment.

Describe your strengths for the office you have been nominated.

My work in public education has prepared me well for the role of TSNAP Secretary. I have over seven years of experience: managing and coordinating state-mandated assessments; leading professional development at all levels (from campus meetings to statewide conferences); and analyzing and compiling data into useable and effective reports. Creating and maintaining systems and organizing large-scale processes, procedures, and events are what I do on a regular basis, and I love it! I have a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and have been trained as a Project Management Professional. And, while they don’t fit nicely into any one category, I have a plethora of experiences gained from living in and working with a variety of cultures and personalities for seventeen years that have shaped who I am as an educator, a communicator, and a leader.

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

I have served as the District Testing Coordinator in Hutto ISD since the inception of STAAR and have been a TSNAP member since about 2 months after that (I got here as quickly as I could). I wear many hats, as many of you do, so I also serve as the Coordinator of Accountability and Textbooks for our district. I have had the incredible pleasure to mentor new DTCs in recent years, and have served as the CATS Director since November 2017. We have organized two regional workdays to allow members to get together, share ideas, and plan for upcoming administrations. Our CATS events now include sponsored lunches and vendor demonstrations to allow our members access to relevant products and services. In addition to working locally and regionally with state assessment and accountability, I have had the opportunity to present at the Texas Assessment Conference and TSNAP Events on numerous occasions.

 

 

2019 Secretary 

 

Kyle Sanchez, Campus Testing Facilitator, Katy ISD 

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as a TSNAP Officer.

 

I would like to serve as a TSNAP Officer to better serve our State of Texas Assessment community. While I currently serve as a CTC, I have aspirations of becoming a DTC, and this position would help better prepare me for that role. While in the role, I hope to help strengthen networking between DTC's and CTC's across the state. 

 

Describe your strengths for the office you have been nominated.

 

I am very much so a go-getter! I strive to do the best job in all that I do, and that sometimes includes taking calculated risks. As a CTC for two large high schools, I have worked diligently to streamline campus testing and make the process as efficient as possible. I strongly believe in learning new skills/techniques and supporting those around me. Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Discipline, Achiever, Individualization, and Competition.

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

Over the past 7 years, I have served as a CTC in both Cypress Fairbanks ISD and Katy ISD. While serving in this role, I have aided in the production of materials used to support campus and district support teams. Additionally, I have created campus testing websites to better assist parents, students and teachers with their respective testing needs (https://sites.google.com/katyisd.org/mrhstesting/home). For my current campus, I created a bi-annual ELL Cohort to address teacher needs as they work to serve their ELL student populations. As recently as August of this year, I coordinated with the BRATS Region 4 leadership team to create the first CTC Academy directed at supporting all levels of CTC's (from 0 years of experience to those with 5+ years). Specifically, my role was to create the google registration, assisted with presentation scheduling, created the CTC Academy program, and prepared the google feedback survey. 

 

 

TSNAP REGIONAL DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

Even Numbered Regions - 2 year term

 

Region 2 | C-BATS

Sharon Reckaway, Director of Assessment & Accountability, Gregory-Portland ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I currently serve in this capacity and have enjoyed helping other DTCs throughout the region. 

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I was a CTC for seven years before becoming the DTC for the district four years ago. In this position, I coordinate all state and local assessments, as well as TSI, SAT, PSAT and CBEs.

 

 

Region 4 | BRATS

Jamie Hicks, Director of Accountability & Post-Secondary Readiness, Crosby ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I have enjoyed growing the BRATS group over the past three years and would love to continue doing so. I think it is crucial to be able to get leaders together and be able to grow each other.

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I have been in the world of assessment and accountability since 2005. Everything about the world of assessment has had an overhaul since I first got involved. Being connected to groups of great leaders and organizations that you find in TSNAP helps make the transitions smoother.

 

 

Region 6 | HATS

Amber Kiser, District Testing Coordinator, Livingston ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I truly enjoy helping people, I have the time and district support to be able to do so quickly and effectively, and I'm a huge advocate of working together and sharing knowledge for the betterment of ALL Texans!

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I am blessed to be in a district that supports personal and professional growth as they have allowed me to attend multiple different workshops and training opportunities all over the state of Texas and beyond! Through these experiences, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, and not just with state testing, but other types of assessments and accountability as well. For my district, I currently make all Curriculum Based Assessments for all core subjects grades 1-12 based on the new STAAR blueprints, and by keeping a steady ratio with Bloom's/Costa's levels of questioning. I also handle all SAT, ACT, TSI, etc. and I'd be more than happy to assist or answer any questions you may have with any of those as well. I am an excellent researcher and while I may not have all the answers right away, I am able to quickly get answers to questions I'm asked, as assessments are my sole responsibility in my district currently. So, believe it or not, I actually have a little free time!

 

 

Region 8 | NETTS

Dana Ladd, Regional Assessment Coordinator, Region 8 ESC

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

 As a TSNAP Regional Director, I want to lead the Region 8 NETTS group by providing important information regarding student assessment and accountability information, changes and procedures through collaboration. I also want to help districts find answers, share knowledge and provide training and assessment resources.   

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I have 15 years experience working in the field of assessment at a district and a service center. For the last 5 years I have been the Regional Assessment Coordinator helping over 48 districts with assessment and accountability. I have presented multiple regional, district, and campus assessment workshops which have included STAAR, STAAR ALT 2, TELPAS as well as other assessment options.

 

 

 

Region 10 | MATS East 

Kathy Milton, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Royse City ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I want to give back to an organization that has supported my growth in the assessment and accountability fields for nearly 10 years. I would like to support those that are new or veteran to these fields with on-going professional development, support, networking and sharing of resources. 

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I have worked in state assessments for more than 15 years. In Arizona, I was a campus testing coordinator and after my move to Texas I quickly found my way into supporting the CTC, then became a CTC and eventually a DTC. I am beginning my 8th year as a DTC and have worked in a large, a medium and now a smaller school district. 

 

 

Region 12 | HOTTS

Tammy Wiethorn, District Assessment & Accountability Coordinator, Waco ISD

 

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I would be honored to continue the role of Director of HOTTS for Region 12. My experience with state assessment and previous years of work in developing the HOTTS regional group would continue be prove valuable for Region 12. I enjoy helping the new District Assessment Coordinators through the difficulties of understanding the new assessment and accountability system. Continuing to build a strong regional group is the foundation for which I stand. I would be honored to continue this role. 

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I began as the District Coordinator in Midway ISD in 2007. Since then, I have moved to Waco ISD and continued the same role to date. I have a total of 11 years experience in state assessment. 

 

 

Region 14 | FRATS

Kathy Conring, District Testing Coordinator, Cisco ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I am currently the regional director for FRATS. TSNAP is a valuable piece for DTC's all around, especially smaller districts. TSNAP has a wealth of information that is shared with members. It is my goal to share that information with the FRATS!

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I have been a DTC for many years in my district as well as the campus coordinator and campus counselor. I have enjoyed being on the TSNAP board representing Region 14. Many of the directors are from larger districts and service centers. I believe my representation from a smaller district has been a positive contribution to the TSNAP board. I enjoy all aspects of my job. It is challenging at times as well as rewarding. I look forward to serving you again as the FRATS Director, Region 14.

 

 

Region 16 | TOT RATS

Crystal Glover, Program Director AssessmentAmarillo ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I have enjoyed serving in this position for our region for several years now. It allows me the ability to help my fellow DTCs from around the region. Since I am the only DTC in our region (at least that I know of) who doesn't also have lots of other responsibilities, I am able to focus solely on testing and be the go-to person in our region for the newest testing information and trainings.

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

This is my 11th year as the DTC for Amarillo ISD. I worked in the testing department for Amarillo for 9 years prior to that as well. I have been the Regional Director for TOTRATS for all 8 years of our group's existence.

 

 

Region 16 | TOT RATS

Sally Heaton, Director of Secondary Curriculum & District Testing Coordinator, Dumas ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

 I have been a DTC since 2011 and I have learned so many things from TEA, ETS, and Pearson. The group I have listened to consistently and with great respect is TSNAP. It is time that I pay it forward to the many people that have helped me become a better leader and District Testing Coordinator. By becoming TSNAP Regional Director for Region 16, I will be sharing many of the tips, tricks of the trade and important information that I have learned with the Panhandle of Texas DTCs, CTCs, administrators and teachers.

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

In the beginning (2011), I attended the trainings that helped me become more knowledgeable as a DTC - New DTC training from TSNAP and Region 16, Not So New DTC training from TSNAP, and Texas Assessment Conference (2011-present). I co-presented at TAC - Questions and Answers from Large, Medium, and Small Schools DTCs ( with TSNAP Region 16 Director Crystal Glover 2015-2016). I have also co-presented at Region 16 DTC training (2016). I have been a DTC for 7.5 years and have networked with other DTCs in our region.

 

 

 

Region 18 | WRAP

Teressa Tekell, District Testing Coodinator, Reagan County ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

I believe our profession is an important part of the education system as a whole and I want to support the educators that are in the role of assessment. As we work together and share information we create a strength in our testing world and impact each other to improve assessment knowledge. 

  

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I have been an educator for 27 years. These years have been full of experiences which have provided a wealth of knowledge. I am beginning my 5th year as the District Testing Coordinator for my district. I have learned so many things and I find that TSNAP is a great support group. 

 

 

 

Region 20 | RATS

Beverly Lee, District Testing Coodinator, Somerset ISD

 

 

Briefly describe why you want to serve as TSNAP Regional Director.

 

The primary motivation for serving Region 20 as the RATS Director is to continue supporting our founding members’ vision to provide assessment administrators with a collaborative support team. As director it is my responsibility to facilitate, encourage, and guide members to become actively engaged in an organization designed to support success in test administration. I am deeply passionate regarding the role RATS and TSNAP provided me as a new DTC and I truly believe that without the assistance of my fellow RATS, I would have experienced a very difficult, dark and lonely path. Serving as Region 20 RATS Director is an honor and a privilege that I hope to be able to continue when re-elected in September 2018. 

 

Provide a short biography regarding your experience in the field of assessment.

 

I have eighteen years experience working directly with the administration of State Assessments first as a San Antonio ISD Campus Instruction Coordinator that evolved into the role of a Campus Testing Coordinator. Four of the eighteen years of hands-on-experience has been as District Testing Coordinator serving the stakeholders of Somerset ISD. The 2018 - 2019 school year will mark my twenty-first year in education and my fifth year as a District Testing Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

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