Emerging Leaders Program


The TAGT Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to provide new (three years or less) district G/T coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with school staff, parents, students, and the community to positively impact the development of appropriate educational services for G/T students in the district. Learn more.

 



Congratulations to the 2017 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program! 

 
JULIE ABRAM
Director of Secondary Programs, Dickinson ISD
Julie Abram is entering her 25th year in education with an extensive background in teaching GT and Advanced Placement students prior to entering administration.  Abram has served The College Board as a consultant, as a High School campus administrator, and now as a district leader of GT and Advanced Academics.
Mentor: Pamela Johnson, Director in Spring Branch ISD




MUGIRE AYCI, M.ED.
Director of Gifted Education, Harmony Public Schools
After spending eight years in the classroom as a science teacher and two years as an Instructional Coach, Mugire Ayci moved to the Harmony Public Schools Central Office in July 2016. Ayci is also in charge of curriculum and instruction for 6-8 science.
Mentor: Karen Zeske, Coordinator of Gifted/Advanced Academics in Irving ISD




LINDSAY BELL, M.ED.
Instructional Specialist, Somerville ISD
Lindsay Bell is in her eighth year in education. Bell began as a kindergarten teacher, pursued her Master's degree, and is now transitioning into administration.  This year Bell‘s assignment is Instructional Specialist and her duties are as follows: mentor to new teachers, dyslexia interventionist, 504, and GT coordinator.
Mentor: Monica Simonds, Director of Advanced Academic Studies, Richardson ISD




KIMBERLY BROOKS
Coordinator of TAG and ELA, Highland Park ISD
Kim Brooks is the TAG and ELA Coordinator in Highland Park ISD. Brooks has been an instructional technology specialist, literacy coach, and elementary teacher.
Mentor: Lori Mabry, Coordinator of Advanced Academics, Denton ISD




JILL CHAPMAN, M.ED.
Advanced Academics Coordinator, Waxahachie ISD
Jill Chapman is beginning her 27th  year in public education.  Chapman has spent 26 years in Waxahachie, her hometown.  She has taught elementary and junior high and served as a campus administrator for 13 years prior to becoming the district's Advanced Academics Coordinator.
Mentor: Michelle Swain, Director of Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock ISD
 

BELINDA CISNEROS, M.A.
Director of Advanced Academics & Guidance, Southwest ISD
Belinda Cisneros has been the Director of Advanced Academics for one year. Prior to her new position, Cisneros was a Counselor for 15 years and a teacher for 3.5 years. She is new to the Gifted and Talented area.
Mentor: Nicole Shannon, Advanced Academic Specialist, Hutto ISD




EMILY COFFEE
GT Coordinator/Teacher, Stephenville ISD
Emily Coffee is beginning her 9th year of teaching and is currently working as a GT teacher/ Coordinator for Stephenville ISD.  She and her husband have two daughters, Kennedy is in the 8th grade and Kamryn is in the 5th grade at Stephenville ISD.  
Mentor: Marybeth Hines, Retired Coordinator of Advanced Academics, Lubbock ISD




JENNIFER GANN
Coordinator for Advanced Academics & Differentiation, Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD
Jennifer Gann's roles in education have included remedial/on-level/pre-AP/AP/ gifted classroom English teacher, campus instructional coach, district learning coach, department chair, district curriculum writer, AVID program coordinator/elective teacher, campus and district staff developer, and district administrator.  Gann’s master’s degree is in teaching and learning, with an emphasis in gifted education.
Mentor: Gina Peddy, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Carroll ISD



NNEKA MCGEE
District GT Coordinator, Beeville ISD
Nneka McGee is an instructional consultant and GT Coordinator for Beeville ISD. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Nneka is an advocate for project-based learning and was a district Teacher of the Year finalist in Dallas ISD (2011). She recently co-presented a webinar during Google PD Week.
Mentor: Jo Lynn Corley, Ph.D. District G/T Coordinator, The Pineywoods Community Academy 




TINA MOORE
Director of Advanced Academics, Grand Prairie ISD
As a graduate of Texas Tech University and a Master of Education at Southern Methodist University, Tina Moore’s passion for teaching and learning is continuous.  Twenty-two years in education has brought Moore to a new journey in serving advanced learners in this new role as director with new adventures.
Mentor: Kathryn Schaeffer, Executive Director of Advanced Academic Services and World Languages, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD




DIANE SCONZO
District GT Coordinator, Humble ISD
Diane Sconzo has served in education over 30 years and has worked with students and staff in 5 states. Sconzo has taught  Pre-K to 6th grade and has served in administrative positions as assistant principal, principal, Director of a Visual & Performing Arts elementary school and now District GT Coordinator.
Mentor: Kathleen Wood, Director of Gifted Services, Leander ISD




CHRISTINE WILLIAMSON
Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Education, San Antonio ISD
Christine Williamson is the Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education in the San Antonio Independent School District. She has fourteen years of experience in gifted education and is passionate about improving access to enriched learning opportunities and gifted education services for minority and low-income students.
Mentor: Merrill Hammons, Administrator for Advanced Academics, Brownsville ISD