The State Board for Educator Certification was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to recognize public school educators as professionals and grant educators the authority to govern the standards of their profession. The Board oversees all aspects of the preparation, certification and standards of conduct of public school educators.
Governor's Appointments to the State Board for Educator Certification
The Texas Education Code requires that the governor appoint the following 11 voting members of the SBEC board, for six-year terms: four classroom teachers, one counselor, two administrators, and four citizens. Three non-voting members also serve on the board: the governor appoints a dean of a college of education, the Commissioner of Education appoints a staff member of the Texas Education Agency, and the Commissioner of Higher Education appoints a staff member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Brad W. Allard of Burleson is the department head for social studies and teaches US Government and Texas Government at Burleson High School. He is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Mr. Allard received a bachelor's degree in finance from Baylor University and a master's degree in political science, as well as a teacher certification in history and social studies composite from the University of Texas at Arlington. His term expires February 1, 2015.
Sandra Bridges of Rockwall teaches career and technology education for Rockwall I.S.D. She has taught at the elementary, middle school, and most recently the high school level, in Rockwall for the past 20 years. In 2012, Mrs. Bridges was one of the first teachers in her district to receive the prestigious “Lifetime Inspiration Award ” for receiving the “Most Inspirational Teacher Award” three or more times. Prior to her career in education, Mrs. Bridges was employed as a state and federal probation officer as well as an investigator for the Office of the Attorney General. Mrs. Bridges has been married for over 30 years to Justice David L. Bridges of the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her term expires February 1st, 2019.
Jill Harrison Druesedow, board vice-chair,is a journalism and English teacher at Haskell High School, where she is also chair of the English department and the publications director. She is a member of the National and Texas Councils of Teachers of English and the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. Ms. Druesedow received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Midwestern State University, and completed postgraduate work at Hardin Simmons University and Abilene Christian University. Her term expires February 1, 2019.
Suzanne McCall, board secretary, of Lubbock is an elementary school teacher in the Slaton Independent School District. She is president of the Slaton Classroom Teacher Association, director of District 17 of the Texas Classroom Teacher Association, and a sustaining member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She is also a past coach of the Slaton Little Dribblers and a past volunteer with the Lubbock Food Bank. Ms. McCall received a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University. Her term expires February 1, 2017.
Kathryn Everest of Arlington is director of Guidance and Counseling for the Fort Worth Independent School District. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and American School Counselor Association, and a member and immediate past director of the Texas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. She is also co-founder and co-coordinator of the Tarrant County Trauma Response Team in Schools, past vice president of the Texas School Counseling Association, and a past board member of the Texas Counseling Association. Ms. Everest received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in educational counseling, and an educational administrator certification from the University of North Texas. Her term expires February 1, 2015.
Bonny L. Cain, Ed D., board chair, is the superintendent of the Waco Independent School District. She received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Houston at Victoria, an additional master's degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City and a doctorate in education from the University of Houston. Her term expires February 1, 2015.
Susan Simpson Hull, Ph.D., of Grand Prairie has been a Texas educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. She is in her seventh year as the superintendent of the Grand Prairie ISD, an urban/suburban district of 28,000 students. A Texas superintendent for more than two decades, Hull has served in five school districts ranging from small rural to her current district. She was selected as the 2005 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dr. Hull received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from East Texas State University in 1980 and 1989 respectively, and her superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1993. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in 2003. Her term expires February 1, 2017.
Laurie Bricker of Houston is vice president of Jefferies and Co. She is a member of the Municipal Advisory Council, Greater Houston P-16+ Council/tHrive, and board member of the Texas Business and Education Coalition. She is also a life member of Jewish Women International, University of Houston Alumna, and the University of Texas - Texas Exes Alumni Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston, senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and past president of the Houston ISD Board of Trustees. Ms. Bricker is a former board member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, University of Texas Library Advisory Council, and member of the University of Texas Commission of 125. She currently serves as an advisory board member of Collaborative for Children, Southwest Houston 2000, Inc., and Friends of High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree in education from the University of Houston. Her term expires February 1, 2019.
Dawn Buckingham of Lakeway is an ophthalmologist and partner at the Eye Physicians of Austin. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American, Texas, and Travis County Medical associations; Austin Ophthalmological Society; Bailey Square Surgery Center Medical Executive Committee; and Texas Ophthalmological Association Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a member and past president of the Texas Ophthalmological Association, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, president of the Galveston Eye Association, and a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is also a member of the Heritage Society of Austin and Prevent Blindness Texas, and a volunteer physician for Eye Care America and Project Access Austin. Buckingham received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas and a medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her term expires February 1, 2019.
Leon Leal of Grapevine is owner of Abba Staffing and Consulting Inc. and Abba Professional Group. He is a member, past vice president and past secretary of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District Board of Trustees, and a member and past 2005 Bond Planning Committee chairman of the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation Board of Directors. He is a volunteer for the Grapevine High School College Go Center, and a past trustee and past member of the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine Finance and Growth and Quality committees. He is also president and founder of the Grapevine Youth Wrestling Board, a past officer for the Grapevine Youth Baseball Board, past member of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and a past volunteer for Keep Grapevine Beautiful. He has served on the Grapevine Mills Mall Tax Increment Finance Board and the Tax Increment Financing District Reinvestment Zone. Mr. Leal received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. His term expires February 1, 2017.
Judy Robisonof El Paso is a community volunteer. She serves as a president of the El Paso Symphony Association and also as chairman for the El Paso Symphony Foundation. She is past president of both the Carlos Rivera Elementary and Coronado High School's Parent Teacher Associations. Her term expires February 1, 2015.
Grant W. Simpson, Ph.D. of Gainesville is dean and professor, School of Education, at St. Edward's University. He serves as the chairman for the Legislative Committee of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, a master's degree in special education from the University of Texas and a doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University. His term expires February 1, 2017.
The Higher Education Coordinating Board Representative
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board representative is Rex Peebles, Ph.D., assistant commissioner of P-16 Initiatives.
Texas Education Agency Representative
The Texas Education Agency representative is Martin Winchester, deputy commissioner of Educator Support.