Suzanne Garcia McCall, a fourth-grade science teacher and instructional coach in Slaton ISD and longstanding TCTA member, director, and immediate past president, recently concluded seven years of service on the State Board for Educator Certification. She was first appointed to SBEC in 2011 by then-Gov. Rick Perry as one of four teacher members of the 14-member board. Although her term officially expired in February 2017, she continued to serve as a holdover appointee until Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her replacement this month.

During her tenure on the board, McCall oversaw significant changes to educator preparation and certification. She served in several leadership positions on the board, including board secretary and chair of the SBEC legislative committee. Among her final acts of service was taking a lead role in opposing efforts to expand the types of certificates that could be obtained via a shortened educator preparation program. Her efforts were ultimately successful and the proposal failed to pass. Throughout her service, she was instrumental in representing the viewpoint of classroom teachers in major policy discussions involving the profession.

In January, the governor’s office announced new appointees to SBEC to replace members whose terms had expired, including McCall’s.