Emerging Leaders Program

The TAGT Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to provide new (3 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 2018 - 2019 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program! 

Director Advanced Academics, Nacogdoches ISD
Linda Autrey has been a Texas public educator for 22 years with a passion for helping students achieve to their maximum potential. As a secondary English teacher, instructional specialist, administrator, and consultant, Autrey has worked with students of all ages and teachers of all backgrounds. She strives to be a lifelong learner.
Mentor: Gina Peddy, Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction in Carroll ISD

Advanced Academics Coordinator, Boerne Independent School District
Shana Dillon graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Sam Houston State University with an M.Ed in Counseling. Dillon has been an educator for 13 years and served 10 years as a high school counselor.  She will serve as Boerne’s Advanced Academics Coordinator beginning in 2018–2019.
Mentor: Ellen Williams, Consultant at Williams Educational Consulting, Kerrville

K-8 Coordinator, Fort Worth Independent School District
Michael Flusche began his educational career in Fort Worth ISD as a substitute in 2008. From there, Flusche taught middle school mathematics and transitioned into K-8 Coordinator for the Advanced Academics department. As a coordinator, Flusche supports several campuses as they strive to meet the needs of gifted and talented learners through curriculum, instruction, and schoolwide support. 
Mentor: Janet Helmcamp, Director of Assessment, Advanced Academics/GT, Cleburne ISD

District Coordinator, Jacksonville Independent School District
Kristin Graham is in her 11th year in education with high school and elementary experience in rural, suburban, and urban areas from Houston to Shanghai and now Jacksonville, TX. She is currently the District Coordinator for Gifted & Talented Services as well as the Applied Learning Program.
Mentor: Karen Green, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented, McKinney ISD

Instructional Coach for Advanced Academics, Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District
Gypsy Mishoe is a dedicated educator with 20 years experience as a teacher and instructional coach. Mishoe currently serves GCISD as the instructional coach for advanced academics, designing professional learning opportunities, coordinating G/T testing, and coaching teachers. She is passionate about gifted education, differentiation, and technology integration.
Mentor: Lori Mabry, Coordinator of Advanced Academics, Denton ISD

Director of Special Programs, Montgomery Independent School District
Jada Mullins has been in education for 23 years as a teacher & administrator. This is my first year as a District administrator as Director of Special Programs. I am married & have two daughters. I believe that the job of an educator is the most important jobs there is. 
Mentor: Harleigh Jones, Advanced Academics Coordinator, Humble ISD

Specialist, Pearland Independent School District
Robyn Olsen began her education career as an elementary teacher and is currently working as a GT Specialist for Pearland ISD.  Olsen holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling and Principal Certification.  She resides in Houston with her husband and enjoys traveling and spending time with their three adult children.
Mentor: Pam Johnson, Director, Spring Branch ISD

Advanced Academics Coordinator, Canutillo Independent School District
Stacey Parker became the Advanced Academics Coordinator for Canutillo ISD in 2017. She has 22 years of experience in education, including as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, new teacher induction coordinator, university adjunct professor, and student teacher mentor. Parker has been involved in G/T education for most of that time.
Mentor: Mary Ann Clark, Instructional Specialist, Gadsen ISD, New Mexico

Director of Special Programs and Advanced Academics, Brenham Independent School District
Lori Ruiz-Wamble has more than 15 years of experience implementing and administering educational programs from the classroom to the state level with the majority of the experience involving English Language Learners. Ruiz-Wamble joined the Brenham ISD administration team and has expanded her scope of program administration to gifted and talented.
Mentor: Shirley Bachus, Coordinator Advanced Academics/Gifted and Talented, Pflugerville ISD

G/T Facilitator, Andrews Independent School District
Cynthia Sauceda has been in the field of education for 11 years. Sauceda served as a bilingual program teacher for 8 of those years, mostly in second grade, before becoming a G/T program teacher and then the G/T Facilitator for Andrews ISD.
Mentor: Omega Loera, Director of Advanced Academic Services, Ector County ISD

Elementary G/T Coordinator, Three Rivers Independent School District
Rachel Stogner is completing her 11th year in education as the Elementary G/T Coordinator for Three Rivers ISD. She has worked for three different school districts during her teaching career and also homeschooled her own children. 
Mentor: Sherry Myers, District GT Coordinator, Aransas County ISD

Elementary Gifted and Talented Coordinator, McKinney Independent School District
H. “Trey” Wright, III, is in his first year as Elementary GT Coordinator in McKinney ISD. Prior to taking this role, Wright served as an Assistant Principal and GT teacher. He is passionate about empowering students to prepare them for anything.
Mentor: Monica Simonds, Director of Advanced Academic Studies, Richardson ISD