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Texas March Primary Elections

Did you VOTE in the March 1st Primary Elections? Your voice is YOUR vote. Prepare for the November elections and encourage others to participate in the election process. If you don't think your life depends on your vote, it perhaps might!

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HAABSE Teacher Awards Recognition Ceremony (TARC)

Houston AABSE hosted the 35th Annual TARC program on Friday, February 4, 2022. The event was a virtual awards presentation due to Covid 19 protocols for safety. Over Two Hundred Twenty educators represented the numerous school districts throughout the Houston area as campus selected Teachers of the Year. Each campus selection candidate was competing for the titles of HAABSE Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to the following educators selected as:

HAABSE Elementary Teacher of the Year - Ms Angela Painter, Worsham Elementary School, Aldine ISD

HAABSE Secondary Teacher of the Year- Ms April Red, Dulles Middle School, Fort Bend ISD


HAABSE Assistant Principal of the Year - Ms Desire Coleman, Aldine ISD

HAABSE Principal of the Year - Mr. Brian Roberson, Kipp Texas Public Schools

HAABSE School Board Member of the Year - Ms Ann Williams, Alief ISD

Each of the three honorees competed for TABSE honors at the 37th Annual State Conference.

College Student Scholarships were awarded to:

Ms Lauriel Meshack-Hutching, attending Texas Southern University

Mr. Maylon Adams, attending Wake Forest University

Ten high school students each won scholarships of $1,000.00.

Ms Taryn Broussard, Splendora ISD

Ms Brianna Collins, Aldine ISD

Ms Joslyn Goffney, Aldine ISD

Ms Jocelyn Gomez, Spring ISD

Ms Sydney Holdman, Katy ISD

Ms Tristan Mason, Fort Bend ISD

Mr. Mansa McDonald, Kipp Texas Public Schools

Mr. Tavious Mattox, Sheldon ISD

Mr. Jeremiah Sanders, Stafford MSD

Mr. Itunuoluwa Zione Harris, Houston ISD

Ms Vanita Reed was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Elaine Bailey Heart of HAABSE Award for her contributions over many years of dedicated service.

Congratulations to all of the educator participants and winners. An outstanding program was coordinated by the TARC committee members in presenting the program.

Attached is the HAABSE TARC video presentation.

HAABSE's 35th Annual TARC

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The Shoulders We Stand On

Someone You Should Know

Mrs. Elma Jean Carr

Elma Jean Carr was born in Houston to the late Rev. Leroy Felder and the late Mrs. Emmie G. Felder. She was educated mostly in Houston; however, she graduated from Prairie View High School. After high school, she attended Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. She received her bachelor's degree in 1965. Her major was elementary education with a minor in art. During her career, she continued her education with post-graduate studies at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

Mrs. Carr enjoyed her life and career in Fort Worth as well as each community in which she lived. She dedicated herself to the growth and development of her faith, family, friends and community. She lived her life with grace, poise, high energy and a "can do" spirit that inspired all of those she met, and she enjoyed all things of beauty.

Mrs. Carr started her career with the Fort Worth ISD as a third-grade teacher in 1965. She found joy in her work and truly believed that third grade was the most important year in a child's life. She would often say third graders "must learn basic reading, math and writing skills to make it in life." She cared for her students as their teacher, mentor and beyond, often providing clothing, school supplies and food to make sure they were ready to learn. Her first assignment was with Morningside Elementary School. She also taught at A.M. Pate, Burton Hill, and Mitchell Boulevard Elementary schools over a 34-year span of service.

She was a charter member and co-founder of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. She was recognized for outstanding service by the National Alliance of Black School Educators in 2011.

A retired educator with the Fort Worth Independent School District, Mrs Carr passed in July 2016, with her loving family at her side following an illness. She was a lady of distinct class and style and will be remembered for her love of family, church and community.

Mrs. Elma Jean Carr

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The 37th Annual TABSE State Conference

  • Greetings TABSE family and friends! Thanks to all who participated in the 37th

    Annual Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Conference on February 9-13, 2022, and what an amazing conference!! Educators from across Texas and beyond our borders reconnected and raved about the excitement, learning, and networking experienced throughout the conference. With nearly 650 participants, the conference was

    indeed one to remember!

    On behalf of TABSE President Dr. David Harris, the Executive Board, and the State Conference Planning Committee, we thank each of you for your making the 37th

    annual conference a monumental success and phenomenal learning experience!

    In addition, on behalf of myself – Dr. Chris Pichon/Conference Chair, and Executive Director Phyllis Williams/General Conference Organizer, we salute our amazing Sub-Committee Chairs & their teams!

    Committee Chairperson and Co-Chair(s)

    Affiliate/Greek Night - Rhonda Mason, Julia Andrews

    Aspiring Superintendent Inst. - Dr. Robert Bostic, Dr. Dawn Dubose

    Awards- Rhonda Williams, Shaneia Smith

    Awards Gala - Dr. Darwin Spiller, Statia Paschel

    Central Office Symposium- Dr. Mario Layne, Dr. Anthony Mays

    Coaches Strand- Ricklan Holmes

    Decorations -Gina Zenor-Hagan

    Demonstration Districts- Dr. Cherie Washington

    Demonstration Schools- Natacha Bonaventure, Rhonda Mason, Dr. Dana Arreola

    Dining with Divas- Julia Andrews, Dr. LaTonya Goffney

    Ed Camp/Teacher- Jaison Oliver, Derica Turner, Brittney Thompson

    Exhibitors- Montrail Davis, Stephanie Taylor

    Faith-Based Symposium/Ecumenical Service- Cornelius Anderson, Carla Windfont and

    Satoya Williams

    First Timers Reception- Dr. Corina Bullock, Dr. Brenda Dearmon

    General Sessions- Dr. Chris Pichon

    Golf Tournament- Bashelia Ward

    Governance Commission- Ty G. Jones, DeAndrea Fleming

    Higher Ed/Research Institute- Dr. Cherry Gooden, Dr. Deirdre Williams, Toney Favors

    Job Fair- Duana Kindle, Serita Dodson, Krystel Collins, Nicollete Ford

    Logistics- Sonya Cole-Hamilton

    Men on a Mission- William Ealy, Michael Bland

    Moments with Mentors- Demeka Simmons, Dr. Regina Sims

    Principal Institute- Dr. Kwabena Mensah, Ashley Johnson

    Program Booklet- Dr. Dawn Dubose

    Proposals- Errica Dotson-Hooper

    Registration- Valerie Nobles, Kashi Woods

    Sponsorships- Jamal Robinson, Phyllis Williams

    Student Entertainment- Dr. Creslond Fannin, Evan Fontenot

    Surveys- Tyra Clayton, Dr. Labotta Taylor

    TABSE Journal- Dr. Toron Woolridge, Dr. Detra Johnson

    Technology/Marketing- Kimberly Simpson

  • TEPI- Mae Olison

  • Transportation Jerrell Purvis, Nolan Anderson

  • Volunteers- Yumesha Mosley, Shaneia Smith, William Ealy

  • Youth/Parent Symposium- Rhonda Williams, Dr. Darwin Spiller, Shaneia Smith,

  • Danielle Twitty, Linda Fisher-Griggs, Gina Zenor

  • The 37th Annual TABSE Conference was remarkable, rejuvenating, and rewarding due to your resplendent efforts!! We applaud your dedication and service to TABSE!!

  • Chris Pichon Ed.D. TABSE President-Elect

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The 2022, 37th Annual TABSE State Conference, Reimagining Education was convened in Dallas, Texas at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Attendees from TABSE affiliates around the state numbered approximately 650. The total conference planning committees did an outstanding job making certain conference registration, conference schedules, presentations, exhibits, hospitality, logistics, volunteers and other behind the scenes activities were properly and thoroughly executed for registrant enjoyment. Dr. David Harris, TABSE President and Dr. Chris Pichon, TABSE President-Elect are commended for their leadership and coordination of this 37th Annual State Conference.

Dr. Elaine Bailey Innovator's STEAM Golf Tournament

On Wednesday, February 9th, the Dr. Elaine Bailey Innovator’s STEAM Golf Tournament was conducted. An excellent turnout of nearly seventy golfers took part in the event. A fun day of sun, golf, good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all who participated. Golfers had excellent weather for the event and prizes were won by several “Tiger Woods” possibilities. Ms Bashelia Ward, Chairperson, coordinated the outing.

Conference registration

Conference registration opened on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., in preparation for opening events on Thursday morning. Kudos go to the TABSE Registration Committee who greeted and registered attendees with professionalism, courtesy and enthusiasm, Ms Kashi Woods and Ms Valerie Huey were Co-Chairs. Name badges, conference bags, purchased tickets and programs were dispatched with organization and promptness.

TABSE First Timer's Orientation Meeting

A TABSE First Timer’s Orientation and Networking meeting was conducted Thursday morning to officially welcome and introduce new conference attendees to TABSE officers, affiliate leaders and provide helpful information regarding their involvement in the conference. Several prizes were raffled off and five winners each received $1,000.00 from the presenters, Dr. Corina Bullock and Dr. Brenda Dearman. Every attendee received a gift on their tables and other financial gifts were presented. Participants in attendance seemed to be in great spirit and mood upon the close of the morning meeting. All new members are encouraged to become active with their local ABSE affiliates and benefit from their association with other educators around the state.

General Sessions

During various General Sessions, presentations by several influential educators were received by the audience, along with introductions of several TABSE Founders, past NABSE and TABSE Presidents and political representatives in attendance. Our Founders and past Presidents are important for the younger membership to see, hear from and meet, so that our TABSE legacy can successfully continue through younger leadership and organizational planning. It is always an honor to have our past leaders join our conference and share their experiences and wisdom.

Conference Workshops

Conference workshop presentations in excess of sixty were presented covering numerous topics of interest to educators from all levels of schooling. These workshops ran throughout the day Thursday through Saturday, mornings and afternoons, allowing participants to choose topics of interest over several days. Workshop scheduling and locations made it convenient for conference attendees to chose and attend several sessions without excessive walking.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The many sponsors of our conference were named and recognized for their financial and public support of TABSE over the years. We certainly thank them all for their contributions and true friendships. 2022 sponsors included by level are:

Platinum = AMBA,

Diamond =TCG, Foundation 99, Imagine Learning/Edgenuity,

Gold = Achieve 3000, Amplify, Chartwells, Curriculum Associates, Darrick Eugene, PGUS,

Silver = HEB, BookNook, Renaissance, SAVVAS,

Bronze = AUTOARCH Architects, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Linebarger Goggins Blair Sampson, LLP, Lightspeed, Walden University

Zinc = IDG+ Architects, Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc., Learning AZ,

Patron = Grand Canyon University, LINC/Learning INnovation Catalyst, Writers in Schools, and WGU.

Exhibitors from educational related businesses and corporations were in attendance offering various services and products to our educator audience. Vendors located in the flow of conference traffic made for constant opportunities for exhibitor conversations with TABSE members Thursday through Saturday. Mr. Montrail Davis served as Exhibit Area Chairperson.

TABSE Job Fair

Educators had an opportunity to advance in their professions and/or seek new teaching opportunities, during a Job Fair conducted on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Numerous school districts from around the state were in attendance and conference attendees had direct access to district recruiters for employment possibilities. It is hoped that individuals who sought new employment options, made indelible impressions with the school districts they conversed with.

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Delegate Assembly Meeting

On Saturday morning, the Delegate Assembly breakfast and meeting began at 8:00 a.m. The Delegate Assembly is the TABSE business meeting and is open to all current dues paid TABSE members. Reports were given by the Recording Secretary, Treasurer, along with Executive Board election results. Discussion of recommended Constitutional changes occurred and some items were approved, with some requiring additional discussion in the near future before being voted upon again. It has been indicated that members should use their personal email address for TABSE correspondence, rather than school email address, due to career moves, school district Spam etc. in order to better receive TABSE information forwarded to members electronically. All members are encouraged to provide their personal address to local affiliate officers, who in turn will submit that information to TABSE for the current membership rosters and mailing lists. Officers completing their terms in office were recognized for service along with newly elected officers beginning a two-year term in office.

Dining With Divas

On Thursday evening, beautiful ladies took part in the “Pearls and Chucks” Dining With Divas dinner meeting. Ladies adorned in pearls and Chuck Taylor sneakers had a festive evening while having information shared by highly respected and talented educators and sharing dinner. The event has become more popular each year and powerhouse ladies freely educate, encourage, and share their expertise as role models for educators from all levels of school employment. Ms. Julia Andrews served as chairperson of Dining with Divas for the conference.

Men On a Mission

Saturday evening male educators shared dinner with eighth grade young men from Marlin ISD and Houston. Several gentlemen spoke to the middle schoolers to encourage and challenge them to prepare for their futures by being persistent and having dreams of their future success. It was stated by several gentlemen that giving up must never be considered a solution to any problem faced. In preparation for high school and maturity, the young men were provided with neckties and taught how to tie their ties by the adult men sharing dinner with them. Mr. William Ealy is commended for his coordination and planning of this outstanding evening for both students and adults alike.

Awards Gala

Royalty Is In Our DNA was the theme of the Friday evening Gala event. Beautiful Queens were in traditional African attire along with Kings displaying cultural ceremonial garb and combined, making a true Motherland impact for the evening events and activities. A very good-looking crowd enjoyed an evening of entertainment and awards. Dr. Darwin Spiller and Ms. Statia Paschel served as King and Queen of the evening program and provided a treat for the audience.

Awards Gala Recognitions of outstanding educators and the changing of the guard of the TABSE Executive Board were the highlight of the evening. TABSE awards were presented to Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Principal of the Year, School Board Member of the Year, Special Award and Living Legend.

Ecumenical Service

Sunday morning Ecumenical service was held for the numerous members prior to beginning their return to their homes. Worship, praise and music filled the air as an official end to the 37th Annual TABSE State Conference.


Special Honor

Mrs. Rhonda Dean Mason has been named the Sam Houston State University, College of Education Distinguished Educator of the Year. This award recognizes educators who have made a significant contribution to education. Mrs. Mason is an active TABSE and HAABSE member. Congratulations for her achievement and recognition.

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TABSE Newsletter Submissions

Newsletter submissions should be sent by G-mail to "newsletter@tabse.net." Please provide name. date, time, location etc. of all proofread material and camera ready photos for newsletter inclusion by the 10th day of each month, for inclusion in the next month's edition. Local affiliate information is requested and should be sent at your earliest convenience for newsletter placement of your local affiliate activities.