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Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays

As the 2022 year comes to an end, it is hoped that everyone will have a very joyous holiday season. Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, let the spirit of the time of year encourage you all to get together with family and friends to be grateful for another year of life and togetherness. Let the year 2023 bring peace, health, love and accomplishment to you all!
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50th Annual NABSE National Conference 2022

NABSE members and conference attendees, there is so much in store for you during the 50th Annual NABSE Conference! Whether you are an active or retired teacher, campus administrator, central administrator, superintendent, district board member or parent, you don't want to miss this great gathering. We will have an opportunity to learn and grow together so that we leave as better educators for the children we love, serve and support!

The 50th Annual NABSE National Conference will be featured in the January 2023 TABSE WORD newsletter.

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Know Your Past Leaders

Dr. Mary L. Thomas, TABSE 7th Past President

Dr. Mary L. Thomas has served as an educator since 1975. Dr. Thomas is the founding president of the Austin Area Alliance of Black School Educators. She also served as President of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators from 2006 - 2008

Her journey has traveled through the classroom as Pre-K Teacher through Doctoral Levels. She has served as secondary Assistant Principal and Principal. She entered central office administrator developing methods to identify ethnic minorities for gifted and talented service. For the past 23 years, she has been in the State, Federal and Private Accountability Office. As Executive Director, she is responsible for overseeing city, state and federal budgets and compliance. She has trained parents, teachers, principals and central office staff in a plethora of topics.

Dr. Thomas was recently elected to become a member of the Manor ISD school board. Dr. Mary L. Thomas will bring to the district the knowledge, experience, and dedication that will assist in moving the Manor schools to the next level.

Dr. Mary L. Thomas is a true servant leader. Her life’s work and career has been defined by helping others. As an educator she has excelled in her roles as teacher, administrator, and director. Her goals have always been to support and assist in the development of her students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Dr. Thomas’s contributions to education have been recognized and awarded on local, state, national, and global levels.

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Texas Education Policy Institute Conference

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Alief ISD Superintendent Lone Finalist

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During its Wednesday, November 9, 2022, special meeting, the Alief ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Anthony Mays, Interim Superintendent of Austin ISD, as the lone finalist to serve as the next superintendent of the District. The announcement follows an extensive nation-wide search, internal and external stakeholder input and comprehensive interview process of the top applicants.

Dr. Mays has more than 20 years of experience as an education professional. He has served as a classroom teacher, principal, and administrator. Prior to joining Austin ISD, he was the Senior Director of Schools for the Harris County Department of Education. He has worked in Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD, beginning his career at Pflugerville ISD as a special education teacher.

Active in his community, he serves as vice chairman of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Central Office Commission. State law requires a 21-day waiting period after a school board names a lone finalist before the school board may take formal action to hire the finalist as the district’s superintendent. His appointment is expected in early December 2022.


Alief ISD School Board President Named

Dr. Darlene Breaux

Dr. Darlene Breaux serves as the president of the Alief ISD School Board. She also is chairperson of the Policy Committee and recently earned the title of Master Trustee. She is the former Director of the Research and Evaluation Institute at Harris County Department of Education and currently is Director of the Texas Education Policy Institute (TEPI).

Dr. Breaux has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Her tireless work as an advocate for all students has earned her the honor of being named HAABSE and TABSE School Board Member of the Year in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Dr. Darlene Breaux, Founder and CEO of Insight*Ed Consulting and is an author and a visionary leader driven by educational policy, research, and the science behind learning. Dr. Breaux was featured in the Texas School Business magazine as a Thought Leader and Innovator in Education. Dr. Breaux’s recently published chapter What Do You Do When Silence is No Longer Golden" was touted as an “Essential Read” by Psychology Today magazine.

She recently received the Dissertation of the Year award from the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration for her policy and advocacy work for students with dyslexia and the teachers who teach them. Dr. Breaux is a powerful motivational speaker that has engaged audiences at a national level. Congratulations to Dr. Darlene Breaux for her educational contributions and successes.

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38th Annual TABSE State Conference

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TABSE Business Partner Of The Month

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Linc designs and delivers innovative coaching and professional development solutions to bring out the best in teachers so they can bring out the best in every student.


TABSE Institutional Member School District of the Month

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Killeen ISD

Killeen ISD proudly serves the central Texas communities of Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, and Nolanville. The Killeen Independent School District is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities to ensure all students served are able to reach their maximum learning potential.


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