In early 2014, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed four TCTA members to serve on statewide advisory committees.

School District Mentoring Program Advisory Committee

2013-14 TCTA President Grace Mueller and TCTA Professional Rights & Responsibilities Committee Chair Teresa Koehler received notification in January that they were selected to serve on a new statewide advisory committee focused on making recommendations for improvement in the state school district mentoring program.

The School District Mentoring Program Advisory Committee’s charge is to:

  • evaluate the implementation of the school district mentoring program and make recommendations for improvement;
  • develop guidelines that align teacher induction and mentoring activities with expectations for new teachers based on teaching practice standards; and
  • issue a report no later than Jan. 1, 2015
Mueller is an eighth-grade English/language arts teacher who has taught in San Marcos CISD for 28 years. She was also recently selected by the Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees to serve on its Retirees Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations related to TRS-Care, the health insurance program for retired TRS members.
Koehler teaches eighth-grade special education/inclusion students and serves as the special education department head at Clear Lake Intermediate School in Clear Creek ISD.

Academic Achievement Distinction Designation Committee

TCTA Curriculum & Instruction Committee Chair Suzanne Garcia McCall and TCTA District 10 Director Twila Read learned in February that they had been selected to serve on the social studies and science Academic Achievement Distinction Designation Committee for the Texas Education Agency.

This committee is charged with assisting TEA in developing the criteria for campus distinction designations for academic achievement in science and social studies.

Garcia McCall teaches fourth-grade science in Slaton ISD. She is also in her second year as a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, after being appointed by the governor to serve a term that ends in 2017. She will serve as the SBEC secretary through February 2014.

Read is a sixth-grade social studies teacher in Grand Prairie ISD. As TCTA's District 10 director, she represents TCTA members from the North Texas area on TCTA's Directors' Council.

Other TCTA representatives serving on statewide boards and committees

Dolores Ramirez, a TCTA past-president, holds one of two active member positions on the TRS Board of Trustees. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ramirez, an elementary school teacher in San Benito ISD, to the TRS Board in October 2013. Her term expires in 2019.
Nanette Sissney, TCTA’s immediate past-president, serves as the vice-chair of the TRS Board of Trustees. Sissney, an elementary school counselor in Whitesboro ISD, holds the other active member position on the TRS Board; her term expires in 2015.
Holly Eaton, TCTA’s director of professional development and advocacy, serves on the TEA Teacher Standards Steering Committee at TEA's invitation.
Jeri Stone, TCTA’s executive director/general counsel, serves on the TEA Accountability Policy Advisory Committee at TEA's invitation.