TABSE Monthly

August 2017

Dr. Kimberly McLeod, TABSE President

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President's Message

Greetings TABSE Members,

What a year!

The state organization has R.I.S.E.N. and we are moving forward at a rapid pace. You should be proud to be a TABSE member. Knowledge is power, and with knowledge, we can improve the culture of education of our learners.

There is also power in numbers and we are excited that our membership continues to increase as we have new affiliates that are forming and reorganizing across the state. To promote TABSE membership, we have designated August and September as months for TABSE Recruitment & New Member Awareness.

We serve TABSE because we work to improve the condition of education for children of African descent and support those who teach and lead them. We serve TABSE so we can influence legislative policy and help promote members into leadership positions. We celebrate our members in our leadership pipelines who have been promoted and have progressed into leadership positions. We celebrate those teachers who will soon be the TEACHER of the YEAR. We celebrate our inaugural group of fellows who are steeped in knowledge of legislative policy. We continue to grow, as we continue to serve.

WE are TABSE and we serve together.

Kimberly McLeod, Ed.D.

TABSE President

TABSE Board Meeting (5pm) Conference Update (6pm)

Sunday, Aug. 20th, 5-7pm

Conference Call

605-475-3235 Code: 1036946
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Affiliate Call to Action: Align and Strengthen

Remember to focus on these for initiatives for the 2017-2018 year:

1. Teacher of the Year Recognition (Spring)

2. Activity for Professional Development (Fall)

3. Activity for Community and Youth Development

4. Activity for Networking Members

Affiliates that meet these goals will be recognized at the conference in February.

Taking Care of Business

All Affiliate Dues are due by October 1, 2017.

Please follow the link below for more information about affiliate due dates and other pertinent forms you may need. If you aren't able to find a form that you need, please let us know at

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TABSE Recruitment & New Member Awareness Month

It’s no secret that committed, innovative educators often network with other committed, innovative educators. So, we are kicking off August and September with a TABSE recruitment campaign.

· Invite your friend or colleague to be a part of our growing organization

· Encourage local members to join at the state level as well

Our new budget year starts September 1. Let’s use these two months to increase our membership and recognize our new members.

Get creative: Use your resources ● Build your networks ● Get the support of campus/district leadership ● Share testimonials ● Record a video ● Send an email ● Create flyers highlighting the membership benefits ● Build a website ● Record a video ● Send an email or make a phone call ● Offer a payroll deduction option

Think outside of the box, just be sure to communicate the value and relevancy of TABSE membership.

The affiliate that that recruits the most members during August and September will receive a $500 stimulus grant. As an additional incentive, each new TABSE member who joins during this recruitment campaign will have the opportunity to register for the annual state conference at the early registration price, no matter when they register.

No Excuses, Just Results!

Affiliate Stimulus Grants are available for those affiliates that need additional support. Remember, we serve together. Funds are limited, but they are available.

If your affiliate needs help, click on the link below to apply for grant funds to support you in reaching your 4 objectives.

However, one of the best ways to earn funds for your affiliate to is get involved with our biggest fundraiser of the year, our annual conference. Please review the conference proceeds distribution plan at the link below.

Texas Educational Policy Institute (TEPI)

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Deputy Commissioner A.J. Crabill along with TEPI Fellows and other TABSE Members

Deputy Commissioner Crabill offered the Lone Star Governance training exclusively to TABSE members. It included two days of intensive personal reflection to get to the heart of what Deputy Commissioner Crabill holds true: student outcomes don't change until adult behaviors change.

The Lone Star Governance training is generally given to school board members, so for TABSE members to get this rare and unique informational experience is beyond words. The look "behind the curtain" is what we need to take our place at the table of Texas Educational Policy in order to influence the changes that need to take place so our children are successful.

Just one more benefit of having a TABSE membership!

On the legislative edge

TABSE Executive Board Member

Candidate Information Sheet

TABSE members who have submitted their names as candidates for elected offices are presented to you at this time for their introduction to members prior to elections in September 2017. Each member listed has submitted the required application and meets the requirements for running for an Executive Board position for a two-year term. Positions scheduled for elections include: Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. A short biography and photo of each candidate is provided for your review.

Recording Secretary - Mrs. Mary (Mae) Olison

I, Mary “Mae” Olison am running for another term as Recording Secretary of TABSE. I am committed to my position and the TABSE board. I have been a member of TABSE and NABSE for over 10 years and currently serve as president of my local affiliate. While president, I have implemented programs such as Teacher of the Year, Drop Out Symposium, and City-Wide Bullying Symposiums for our affiliate. I have served on several committees and currently serve on the branding committee for NABSE. For over 21 years I have been an educator and administrator for 7 years, and currently am part of central office for my district. I have developed several district initiatives including My Brother’s Keeper where I was chosen by the Obama Administration and appointed by our superintendent to serve as representative for our district.

Treasurer - Dr. Colina Poullard

Dr. Colina Poullard is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. She has a background in Media and Education and has spent the last 13 years serving in the K-12 public education system. She is currently a Coordinator for Special Programs within Galena Park ISD in the Houston area. She is the past president of Lamar University ABSE and a member of NABSE.

Parliamentarian - Dr. LaTonya Goffney

Dr. LaTonya Goffney was named Lufkin ISD Superintendent in 2013 after serving as the superintendent of Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD for five years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/English, a Master of Education degree in Administration, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership, all from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Goffney was recently presented with the 2017 Margret A Montgomery Leadership Award by TCWSE. She was the recipient of the 2013 SHSU Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award. She has co-chaired the TABSE Aspiring Superintendents Leadership Pipeline since its inception and also served as the TABSE Recording Secretary from 2014-2016.

Here We Grow Again!


Congratulations are in order!

Celebration of Life

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Dr. Joseph Alvin Drayton

We celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Joseph Drayton as he passed away on July 11, 2017. He had a distinguished career in education serving in many roles, including superintendent. Dr. Drayton was a Founder and Past President of TABSE as well as a Past President of NABSE and a member of HAABSE. He was honored with many prestigious awards from every affiliation. We will always appreciate his service to this organization and continue to honor his memory.

Superintendent Support

We've asked Superintendents from around the state to give us words they live by in order to better support you.

Here are a few quotes from this month's Super Sup, Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD.

"On your very worst day on the job, you're still some child's best hope!" - Larry Bell

"The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be. Because of all I've become, I will close my eyes and leap." - Mary Anne Radmacher

If you are a Superintendent and you would like to submit a quote that you live by, please send to

A+ Affiliates

As we get ready to kick off Recruitment Month, these affiliates are on the right path to adding to their membership. Keep up the good work.

TABSE Challenge

Join the TABSE Social Media Challenge! Why are you TABSE? Why are you an Advocate for Education! We challenge you to create a picture and post it on social media telling everyone why you are TABSE! Tag it #TABSE2018
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Executive Board Members

TABSE Executive Board

Dr. Kimberly McLeod


Dr. David Harris


Dr. Michael D. McFarland

Immediate Past President

Phyllis Williams

Executive Director

Mary Olison

Recording Secretary

Dr. Colina C. Poullard


Dr. Chris Pichon

Financial Secretary

Dr. Dawn DuBose

Correspondence Secretary

Spencer Hughes


Dr. Jennifer Butcher


Lindy Perkins