Richardson Area Association of Black School Educators

Spring 2018

President's Welcome

I feel humbled and honored for this opportunity to serve as president of the Richardson Area Alliance of Black School Educators. RAABSE is a local affiliate which is governed by our state affiliate – the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE), and our national affiliate – the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE). The focus of my priorities as president, along with my executive board, align with the mission and vision of TABSE/NABSE which is to:

A. Provide professional training opportunities

B. Host networking opportunities

C. Advocate and promote community and youth development

D. Recognize outstanding students and educators

Whether you are interested in strengthening your network, furthering your career or maybe just in need of a few more friends, RAABSE is a professional organization that is a great option for you. In addition to providing information about your chosen field, RAABSE can enhance your personal and professional development and provide endless networking opportunities.

We live in a day and age where establishing a presence in any given career field often demands working long hours in the office and bringing work home when the doors close. At the end of the day, you may have ideas for cultivating partnerships, yet not feel up to shouldering all the responsibility to organize them. As a member of RAABSE, you will have access to an established support system of experienced people who are motivated to get things done. The battle is half-won!

Learn to love what you do! You may not even know that you love something, but it’s important to be proactive about things you discover on the journey. I invite you to join RAABSE and discover something new TODAY!

If you any questions about RAABSE or interested in joining, let’s start a conversation by calling me at 214-770-0456. I look forward to hearing from you.

Darwin Prater Spiller

President of RAABSE

What is RAABSE?

The Richardson Area Association of Black School Educators (RAABSE) is an affiliate of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators and is committed to personal and professional development; with a compelling spirit to give back to others.

The mission of RAABSE is to enhance and facilitate the education of African American people; and to:

  • Establish a coalition of African American educators and others directly or indirectly involved in the educational process.
  • Create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve educational opportunities for African Americans.
  • Identify and develop black professionals who will assume leadership positions in education.
  • Influence public policy concerning the education of African American people.
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RAABSE 2017-2018 Executive Board

Mr. Darwin Prater Spiller-President

Dr. Duana Kindle-Past President

Ms. Ishii Tavarez-Vice President

Mr. Michael Thomas-Treasurer

Mrs. Charis Hunt-Recording Secretary

Ms. Tara Eldridge-Chaplin

Mrs. Tamesia Chatman-Corresponding Secretary

Ms. Angela Guesby-Parliamentarian

Dr. Fannie Albert-Financial Secretary

Mr. Walter Smith-Historian

RAABSE 2017-2018 Timeline of Events

TABSE Pre-Conference Mixer

Join RAABSE and other local TABSE Affiliates for a Pre-Conference Mixer on Saturday, January 27th at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet. Come network and meet other passionate, dedicated educators. Food Truck Vendors & Gift Card Raffles. ABSE members show your ABSE pride by wearing your ABSE shirts.

Click here to get your FREE ticket.

Contact Yumesha Mosley at Ycmosley@yahoo.com

TABSE 2018 Conference

The Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) that is committed to promoting and facilitating the education of all students, especially those of African descent. In addition, TABSE seeks to establish a coalition of educators directly involved in the educational process of African-American students and create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve opportunities for people of African descent.

More than 700 educators from across the state of Texas gather annually for the TABSE State Conference to attend professional development sessions and educational workshops.

Educational leaders from throughout the state are planning the 2018 Joint State Conference which will be held in Houston, TX at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, February 22-25, 2018. This year’s conference theme is Educate, Engage & Empower…The Time is Now. The TASBE Conference will provide excellent learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of every educator.

Click HERE to register for the conference as well as details of the conference.

Educator of the Year Gala

The Deadline For Submitting Nominations For The 2018 Awards Gala Has Been Extended to January 27th!

Each year the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators recognizes distinguished individuals who have made local and state contributions to the education of African American educators and learners. These individuals have shared and exemplified the vision and mission of TABSE. The awards are collectively known as the TABSE Awards. TABSE will honor those selected persons at the state conference at a ceremony on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Click HERE for the nomination form.

Next RAABSE Meeting

Tuesday, March 27th, 6pm

12800 Abrams Rd

Dallas, TX

Our next meeting will held in Sabine Hall, Room SH117on the Richland College Campus. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Also, all attendees will be entered into a raffle for a gift card.

Our featured presenter for tonight's meeting will be Sonya Cole-Hamilton. Mrs. Cole-Hamilton is the Chief Communications Office in Lancaster ISD.

We will also discuss upcoming officer elections. You definitely don't want to miss this!

April's General Body Meeting

Our April meeting will focus on our four RAABSE Subcommittees. The subcommittees have been working really hard and we will have a report on their progress.


  • Student Subcommittee-They are working on our Student Book Scholarship as well as working with the Teacher Subcommittee for our Student/Teacher Banquet in May.
  • Teacher Subcommittee-They are working with our Student Subcommittee for our Student/Teacher Banquet in May.
  • Professional Development Subcommittee-they have secured our PD presenters for the year, including Mrs. Sonya Cole-Hamilton for our March Meeting
  • Networking Subcommittee-they planned our New Year Mixer in January and are planning our End of the Year Mixer

We will also discuss our officer elections.

2018-2019 Officer Elections

Each year RAABSE conducts elections to fill positions of Executive Board members whose two-year terms are coming to an end. RAABSE Executive Board positions are elected on a rotating two-year term. As a result of the two-year rotating term, one half of the Executive Board positions expire each year. During the September 2016 general body meeting, newly elected officers for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Chaplin, Corresponding Secretary, Parliamentarian and Historian were sworn in to begin their two-year terms.

Nominations will soon begin to be received for the following positions which will take office in 2018. Executive Board two-year term positions to be filled will be: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Chaplin, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Parliamentarian and Historian. RAABSE seeks members from throughout the metroplex, who are interested, dedicated and qualified to serve in these capacities to submit nomination forms to be considered for elections.

Members interested in running for office must meet the requirements of:

1. Be a current dues paying member in a local affiliate for at least the past year

2. Be in good standing (dues) with RAABSE and TABSE for at least a year

3. Be qualified in the skills to fulfill the duties of the office as listed below

4. Be willing to give the time to serve for the two-year term of office or until a successor is elected and installed

5. Be dedicated to help making RAABSE the premiere organization of African American educators.

Nomination ballots will begin to be received from February 1, 2018 until May 8, 2018 from interested members or those members nominating other qualified members for office. Nominated members must be current dues paid members as stated earlier to be eligible to seek office. Nomination ballots received will be compiled. Elections for the positions will occur at the May 23rd general body meeting. Installation of officers will occur at the September 2018 general body meeting.

Nomination ballots will be sent to members via google form. Members are encouraged to get involved in our organization and accept the opportunity to serve on your RAABSE Executive Board.

Election Meeting

Tuesday, May 22nd, 6pm

12800 Abrams Road

Dallas, TX

At our May General Body meeting, we will have our officer elections as well as our end of the year celebrations.

Attendance is encouraged for all. We thank you for your support with elections and celebrations!



Texas Alliance of Black School Educators is an affiliate of NABSE. TABSE is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates. TABSE further believes in identifying and promoting those activities, which are designed to sensitize the public at-large and educators, specifically to the needs of African-American students in academic and non-academic areas of development.


The National Alliance of Black School Educators is the nation's premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children-particularly children of African descent. Now in its 46th year, NABSE boasts an outreach to more than 10,000 preeminent educators including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members. Found in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.

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Do you have any news that you'd like to share with the RAABSE organization? We'd love to hear about any future events, news or spotlights! Please submit them to Ishii Tavarez by the end of each month.