Board Member Information
The State Board for Educator Certification was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to recognize public school educators as professionals and grant educators the authority to govern the standards of their profession. The Board oversees all aspects of the preparation, certification and standards of conduct of public school educators.
The Texas Education Code requires that the governor appoint the following 11 voting members of the board, each serving a six-year term: four classroom teachers, one counselor, two administrators and four citizens. Three non-voting members also serve on the Board: a dean of a college of education is appointed by the governor; a staff member of the Texas Education Agency is appointed by the Commissioner of Education; and a staff member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education.
Correspondence to Board Members
State Board for Educator Certification
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701
GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENTS TO THE STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION
Brad W. Allard of Burleson is the Department Head for Social Studies and teaches US Government and Texas Government at Burleson High School. He is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Mr. Allard received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baylor University, a master’s degree in political science, as well as a teacher certification in history and social studies composite from the University of Texas at Arlington. His term will expire February 1, 2015.
Sandra Bridges of Rockwall teaches 7th grade (gifted and talented) English and 7th and 8th grade speech for Rockwall ISD. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her term will expire February 1, 2019.
Jill Harrison Druesedow is a journalism and English teacher at Haskell High School where she is also chair of the English department and the publications director. She is a member of the National and Texas Councils of Teachers of English and the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. Ms. Druesedow received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Midwestern State University, and completed post graduate work at Hardin Simmons University and Abilene Christian University. Her term will expire February 1, 2019.
Suzanne McCall of Lubbock is an elementary school teacher in the Slaton Independent School District. She is president of the Slaton Classroom Teacher Association, director of District 17 of the Texas Classroom Teacher Association, and a sustaining member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She is also a past coach of the Slaton Little Dribblers and a past volunteer with the Lubbock Food Bank. Ms. McCall received a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University. Her term will expire February 1, 2017.
Kathryn Everest of Arlington is Director of Guidance and Counseling for the Fort Worth Independent School District. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and American School Counselor Association, and a member and immediate past director of the Texas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. She is also co-founder and co-coordinator of the Tarrant County Trauma Response Team in Schools, past vice president of the Texas School Counseling Association, and a past board member of the Texas Counseling Association. Ms. Everest received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in educational counseling, and an educational administrator certification from the University of North Texas. Her term will expire February 1, 2015.
Bonny L. Cain, Ed D., Board Chair, is the Superintendent of the Waco Independent School District. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Houston at Victoria, an additional master’s degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City and a doctorate in education from the University of Houston. Dr. Cain’s term will expire February 1, 2015.
Curtis Culwell, Ed D. of Garland is the Superintendent of the Garland Independent School District. He is chairman of the University Interscholastic League Legislative Council, a member of the American and Texas Associations of School Administrators, and the Select Committee on Public School Finance Weights, Allotments and Adjustments. He is past president of the Texas School Alliance and a former member of the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform. He is a volunteer for the March of Dimes and the United Way of Dallas County. Dr. Culwell received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University, and a master's and doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University at Commerce. His term will expire February 1, 2017.
Laurie Bricker, Board Secretary, of Houston is Vice President of Jefferies and Co. She is a member of the Municipal Advisory Council, Greater Houston P-16+ Council/tHrive and board member of the Texas Business and Education Coalition, and a life member of Jewish Women International, University of Houston Alumna, and the University of Texas -Texas Exes Alumni Association. She is also a graduate of Leadership Houston, senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and past president of the Houston ISD Board of Trustees. She is a former board member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, University of Texas Library Advisory Council, and member of the University of Texas Commission of 125. She currently serves as an advisory board member of Collaborative for Children, Southwest Houston 2000, Inc. and Friends of High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a Master's degree in education from the University of Houston. Her term will expire February 1, 2019.
Dawn Buckingham of Lakeway is an ophthalmologist and partner at the Eye Physicians of Austin. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American, Texas and Travis County Medical associations, Austin Ophthalmological Society, Bailey Square Surgery Center Medical Executive Committee and Texas Ophthalmological Association Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a member and past president of the Texas Ophthalmological Association, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, president of the Galveston Eye Association, and a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is also a member of the Heritage Society of Austin and Prevent Blindness Texas, and a volunteer physician for Eye Care America and Project Access Austin. Buckingham received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas, and a medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her term will expire February 1, 2019.
Christie Pogue, Board Vice-Chair, of Buda is former director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors. She is founder and former chairwoman of the North Hays Leadership Council in Hays County and a former school board vice-president for Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD). She received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Texas State University. Her term will expire February 1, 2017.
Judy Robison of El Paso is a community volunteer. She serves as president of the El Paso Symphony Association and also as chairman for the El Paso Symphony Foundation. She is past president of both the Carlos Rivera Elementary and Coronado High School’s Parent Teacher Associations. Her term will expire February 1, 2015.
Grant W. Simpson, Ph.D. of Gainesville is Dean and Professor, School of Education, at St. Edward's University. He serves as the chairman for the Legislative Committee of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Texas and a doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University. His term will expire February 1, 2017.
The Higher Education Coordinating Board Representative
Judy Loredo, Ph.D.
Last Updated on March 14, 2013.
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