Save the Date: January 23-24, 2016

TCWSE's 32nd Annual Conference at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Austin. Our theme is The Leadership Game Plan.

The planning committee is lining up awesome speakers. The conference will also feature popular sessions like Newcomer Session, Resume Reviews, and Sunday's Best: Mentoring with Master Specialists, introduced at our January 2015 conference.

We will be sending out marketing materials for you to share with friends and colleagues in late April.

Call for Sessions: If you would like to present at the conference please contact Stacey McGraw.


Regional Huddle-up

Welcome our new Regional Reps for TCWSE!!
Region 5: Silvia Martinez, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction, West Orange-Cove CISD
Region 10: Shelly Faulkner, Teacher, Mesquite ISD
Region 12: Donna Savage, Assistant Superintendent, Mexia ISD

Region 7 Networking Meeting
Region 7 had a networking meeting on March 23rd at Hideaway Lake Club. Everyone was encouraged to bring ideas for professional development (able to provide, going to provide, or need provided in their district). Contact Region 7 Rep Debi Crawford, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Hawkins ISD, to get ideas about holding a similar meeting in your region.

Come on Regions!! Let's hear from you about local activities. Send Tina Seaman an update of what is happening with TCWSE in your region.

 

Spotlight On …

Stepping into our Future

Bringing together friends and acquaintances from across the state, the 2015 TCWSE Conference was a time for everyone to renew former relationships and develop new ones with professionals who are united by the same passion. The bonds that were made and the learning each member and guest left our conference with were truly exhilarating. We struck up conversations with total strangers to share the energy, excitement, and pride that we feel as educators in Texas. I encourage others to participate so they, too, can experience at least a thimbleful of the excitement and ingenuity which TCWSE members and participants share.

As professional women, many of us juggle the blessings of balancing work, family, and professional improvement. TCWSE provides strong mentors who understand the balance. The lessons I've learned through this organization are best expressed by an unknown author, "We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don't overlook it."

I was first introduced to the TCWSE by Shirley Coleman in 1993, and have been attending ever since. I was inspired then and am more so today. During the conferences brutal honesty and passionate stories are shared by women like MaryAnn Whiteker. The conversations and stories urge us to be the change we want to see and to "Step In" to leadership roles. And who wouldn't when you have exceptional women leading and mentoring like Margaret Montgomery, Virginia Collier, Lu Stephens, LaTonya Goffney, Susan Morrison, Nancy Vaughn, Christina Gears, Ann Halstead, Sharon Ross, Diane Stegall, and so many more leaders passionately mentoring our future executive leaders.

In keeping with the conference theme of "Stepping into our Future. . .," many members are taking action in their positions, such as the newly appointed Regional Representative for Region 13, Lisa Meysembourg, superintendent of Schulenberg ISD. Lisa is planning to enroll more executive lady leaders from the Capitol of Texas area. Changes such as this are not only important for improving the role of women in executive leadership, but also for improving education through the talents and ideas we bring to the table. Are you or someone you know taking steps for the future? Contact me! As the newly appointed Historian for TCWSE, I am collecting pictures, stories, updates, gatherings, and challenges of our members and future members. Help me promote the change that we want to see. Send your news to Karla.Moyer@esc13.txed.net.

Teaching and learning are our passion and our future. I encourage each of you to come again next year and bring a colleague, so they too can energize their passion for educating and leading our future. Take the step with us!

Karla Moyer, Senior Coordinator for Human Resources, ESC Region 13
TCWSE Region 13 Representative

Need information or just a friendly ear? We're here to help!
Contact any of the TCWSE Officers, Regional Reps, or Past Presidents.
For membership or conference information, contact Ann Halstead, TCWSE Executive Secretary/Treasurer.
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