CHERIE BALES

Office sought: President-elect

TCTA member for 13 years

Current job: Eighth-grade
English/language arts teacher, Alamo Junior High, Midland ISD

Candidate statement: TCTA has been my organization of choice for 13 years. It wasn’t until I attended my first convention that I realized the impact my membership would have on my teaching career. Since then, I’ve come to realize that teaching comes with many challenges. It has been my honor to lead many teachers to TCTA, to encourage them, to stand by them, and to know when to have them make the call for legal services. I am proud that my name is associated with this great organization in my school district. It hasn’t always made me popular. However, one of my favorite quotes is “Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone.” I’m not afraid to stand up and fight for what is right. I strongly believe that teachers have a voice, and we should use our voices to do what is right for our students and our profession. I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my students. If I am elected, I will continue to fight not only for my students, but for teachers across Texas to make sure our profession and our passion are preserved. 

Previous TCTA service: Professional Rights and Responsibilities chair; Teacher Personal Services chair; District 18 director; Midland CTA president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, faculty representative.

Professional awards and honors: Midland Innovator of the Year, Faculty Representative of the Year.

Other professional memberships: Founding member of the Angelo State University Reading Council; member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor
Society in Education, also served as Kappa Delta Pi vice president and publicity officer.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Angelo State University.

ALBERT MOSQUEDA

Office sought: Governance Committee chair (second term)

TCTA member for 18 years

Current job: Fifth-grade science teacher, Rangerville Elementary, San Benito CISD

Candidate statement: As a freshman member of the Executive Board last year, I saw first-hand how important our association is to teachers. TCTA and its leadership have made Texas teachers and their classrooms the top priority since 1927. Witnessing this commitment to excellence, I was truly humbled to be part of the spirit of excellence that TCTA represents. I am seeking re-election as Governance Committee chair to continue the commitment to excellence our current and past leaders have demonstrated. If re-elected, I will strive to continue to be part of the “well-oiled machine” that keeps our teachers valued and respected. As the Governance chair, it will be the job of my committee to review proposals and recommend changes to the structure of our governance documents. This committee is crucial to keeping TCTA transparent and uniform in its operations and procedures at all levels of our association. Mother Teresa once said, “I can do things you can’t, you can do things I can’t; together we can do great things.” Let’s do great things together.

Previous TCTA service: Governance Committee chair, 2015-present; San Benito CTA faculty representative, 11 years; San Benito CTA vice president, 2010-11; San Benito CTA president, 2011-12; San Benito CTA membership chair, 2013-14; District 1 vice president, 2011-12; District 1 president, 2012-14; District 1 director, 2014-15; PR&R committee member, 2014-15.

Other education-related service: Project Lead The Way lead teacher, district curriculum writer, district staff development presenter.

Professional awards and honors: Fred Booth Elementary Teacher of the Year, Rangerville Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Education: B.S. in Education, major in kinesiology, minor in history, University of Texas-Pan American.

TWILA READ

Office sought: Legislation Committee chair (second term)

TCTA member for 19 years

Current job: Counselor, Truman Middle School, Grand Prairie ISD

Candidate statement: One of the best decisions I ever made as an educator was to join TCTA. I love being a member of an organization that represents teachers in such a positive manner and goes the extra mile in educating its members. I am always proud to let people know I am a member of TCTA, and, regardless of the leadership position I have held on the local or state level, I have never been afraid to speak out for what is best for our members and my fellow educators. If re-elected, I will continue to represent TCTA and its members in this manner.

Previous TCTA service: Legislation Committee chair, 2015-16; District 10 director, 2009-14; Legislation Committee member, 2009-14; Legislation Committee vice chair, 2 years; ACT Committee member, 2009-14; ACT Committee chair, 2014; Grand Prairie CTA president, present; have held all Grand Prairie CTA leadership roles except treasurer; District 10 Coordinating Council president, 2014-16.

Other education-related service: Grand Prairie ISD District of Innovation Committee member, 2016; TEA Student Services Certificates Advisory Committee, 2016; TEA Chapter 150 Commissioner’s Rules Steering Committee (T-TESS), 2015; Social Studies Academic Achievement Distinction Designation Committee, 2014. 

Other professional memberships: American School Counselor Association member, Lone Star State School Counselor Association member.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Texas at Arlington; Master of Education, School Counseling, Lamar University.

ANN MARTINEZ

Office sought: Membership Committee chair

TCTA member for 13 years

Current job: Sixth- through eighth-grade science teacher, Travis Middle School, Calhoun County ISD

Candidate statement: My objective for seeking the office of Membership chair is to actively participate in the growth of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. I have gained experience throughout my participation in recruitment and mentoring activities. I will provide valuable insight to the importance of growing our organization.

Previous TCTA service: ACT Committee chair, Region 3 director, Calhoun County CTA president, served as secretary for three years in Region 4.

Other professional memberships: Delta Kappa Gamma Society member.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Houston.

JOYCE McCURDY

Office sought: Professional Rights & Responsibilities Committee chair

TCTA member for 15 years

Current job: Sixth-grade social studies, Kirby Middle School, Wichita Falls ISD

Candidate statement: I believe in TCTA and all the hard work that comes from their heart on issues that affect teachers and students. I have watched and learned from the best while serving in various positions within TCTA and my local CTA, and I believe now is the time for me to take a step out of my comfort zone and run for Professional Rights & Responsibilities Committee chair. I promise that if you choose me, I will continue to be a voice for you as well as a voice in my local CTA.

Previous TCTA service: Wichita Falls CTA president and treasurer; District 9 director.

Professional awards and honors: West Foundation Teacher of Excellence, 2007 and 2011; Wichita Falls ISD Teacher of the Year, 2011.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, minor in English.

SHERRY MILLER

Office sought: Curriculum & Instruction Committee chair (to fill vacant position, term ends May 31, 2018)

TCTA member for 30 years

Current job: Music teacher, Skipcha Elementary, Killeen ISD

Candidate statement: The education profession has changed immensely in the 31 years that I have taught. Projectors, reel-to-reel films and LP records have been replaced by DVDs, CDs, iTunes and internet sources. Goals and objectives have been replaced by learning targets and TEKS. Technology was identified as a record player, overhead projector or a duplicating machine. Current students are able to successfully use computers, iPads, smartphones and almost any electronic device they are given. Although they are electronically savvy, they are still growing children who need to successfully progress through their developmental stages. In our enthusiasm to ensure that our students are prepared and can compete in universities, professional and vocational jobs, both at the national and international level, many TEKS have been implemented that are not developmentally age-appropriate. Many of these tasks are frustrating for students to master as well as the teacher to instruct. Curriculum should be an instructional map that leads our students through developmentally appropriate instruction while inspiring them to continue learning. We are preparing our students for the future. Let us help them reach their goals. 

Previous TCTA service: Killeen CTA faculty representative, vice president and president; District 12 director; have served on TCTA Legislative, Professional Rights and Responsibilities, ACT and Credentials committees.

Other education-related service: Campus and district site-based decision-making committees; Killeen ISD Elementary Curriculum Revision Committee in 1998 and 2015; KISD Safety Committee; KISD District Calendar Committee; Music director for KISD Summer Musical Program; Region 12 Teacher
of the Year Selection Committee; TEA Advisory Committee on Teacher Standards, 2016.

Education: Bachelor of Science in music therapy, Texas Woman’s University; teaching certificate, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.