Board Member Information
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. Four non-voting members also serve on the board: the governor appoints a dean of a college of education and a person who has experience working for and knowledge of an alternative certification preparation program, 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.
Shareefah Mason of Dallas is a distinguished teacher at Dallas ISD. She is a senior policy fellow with Teach Plus and a member of the American Federation of Teachers. Nadir-Mason received a Bachelor of Arts in government from Nicholls State University and a Master of Arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix-Houston. Her term expires February 1, 2025.
Robert "Bob" Brescia, Ed.D. of Odessa is a Teacher of Record for Ector County Independent School District, and an adjunct professor for Wilmington University. He previously served as the Executive Director for The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, and served as the Head of School for Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville. He is a board member of the Salvation Army - Odessa and Constituting America and a member of the Odessa Information and Discussion Group. He is the former chairman of Basin PBS and the American Red Cross of the Permian Basin and former president of Rotary International - Greater Odessa. Dr. Brescia is a U.S. Army veteran, and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University - European Division, and a Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership with distinction from the George Washington University. His term expires February 1, 2023.
Jean Streepey of Dallas is a seventh grade math teacher for Highland Park Independent School District where she serves as the Instructional Team Leader for her department and was a project manager for the district’s STEAM committee. Jean was the Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year, a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a Teach Plus Policy Fellow and a Team Leader for the U.S. Education Department’s Teach to Lead Innovation Summit. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Classroom Teachers Association and both the National and Texas Councils of Teachers of Mathematics. Additionally, she volunteers with the North Texas Food Bank and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Streepey received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education in Education Policy from The University of Texas at Arlington. Her term expires February 1, 2025.
Melissa Isaacs, of Jewett is a secondary school teacher for Buffalo Independent School District. She is a member of Innovate Teachers of Texas, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, and the Career and Technical Association of Texas and a former member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Association of Texas. Additionally, she is a board member of the Texas FCCLA Board of Directors. Ms. Isaacs received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and minor in Secondary Education from Sam Houston State University, Master of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, and a Master of Science from Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Sam Houston State University. Her term expires February 1, 2027.
Rohanna Brooks-Sykes, board vice-chair, of Spring is a related services counselor at Klein Forest High School and is a nationally certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor supervisor. She is a member of the Texas School Counselors Association, Texas Counselors Association (TCA), chair of the TCA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and former co-chair of the TCA Human Rights Committee. She is chair of the Spring Creek Counseling Association (SCCA) Legislative Committee, former president of SCCA and former member of the Klein District Instructional Development Committee and the Klein District Improvement Plan: Closing the Achievement Gap. Brooks-Sykes received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts in counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Her term expires February 1, 2027.
Andrew Kim of New Braunfels is the Superintendent of Schools at Comal ISD. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Fast Schools Grown Coalition, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club. Additionally, he previously served as chair of the Texas School Safety Center Board. Kim received a Bachelor of Arts in Midievel Studies from Fordham University and a Master of Education in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, Additionally, he is a graduate of the Superintendent Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. His term expires February 1, 2027.
John P. Kelly, Ph.D., of Pearland is Superintendent of Schools at Pearland ISD, and previously served as superintendent of Boerne ISD and Pearsall ISD. Additionally, he is former principal and headmaster of Presbyterian Pan American High School in Kingsville, a Peace Corps volunteer (teacher) in Africa, and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Education Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from Texas A&M University. His term expires February 1, 2023.
Tommy L. Coleman of Livingston is an assistant district attorney for the Polk County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. He is a former non-commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and a National Defense Service Medal recipient. He is a board member of the Polk County Historical Commission and a member of the Rotary Club of Livingston, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and the State Bar of Texas. Coleman received a Bachelor of Science in political science from Texas Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. His term expires February 1, 2025.
Julia Dvorak of Pflugerville is the founder of Julia Faye Consulting, a public relations consulting firm, Texas outreach director of EdChoice, an account manager for Steinhauser Strategies, and an advisor to other national education organizations. She is a member of the Austin Liberty Leadership Council and former chair of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Austin Steering Committee. Julia received a Bachelor of Science in Political Communication and a certification in Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics, and Government from The University of Texas at Austin. Her term expires February 1, 2025.
Courtney Boswell MacDonald of Kerrville is a community volunteer. She previously worked on the Senate Education Committee, and served as executive director for Texans for Education Reform, Texas Institute for Education Reform, and Texas Aspires. She is a former math teacher at Richardson ISD and Dallas ISD. MacDonald received a Bachelor of Science in fashion and communications and a secondary education certification from Texas Christian University and a Master of Public Policy in education policy from Vanderbilt University. Her term expires February 1, 2023.
Rex Gore of Austin is President of PJS of Texas and co-founder of CleanScapes. He is a former board member of Building Owners and Managers Association, Real Estate Council of Austin, Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts of America. He is a regional board member for IDEA Public Schools, member of the Texas Business Leadership Council Education Task Force. He is the co-founder and board member of PelotonU and former chair of TCSA - Charter Schools Now C4 and Regents School of Austin. Mr. Core received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Kansas State University. His term expires February 1, 2027.
Dean of College of Education Representative
Alma D. Rodríguez, Ed.D., of Brownsville is the Dean of the College of Education and P-16 Integration and a Professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she was a teacher and an assistant principal for Brownsville ISD. She is a member dean of Deans for Impact and a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the American Education Research Association. Rodríguez received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Education in English as a Second Language from The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Her term expires February 1, 2023.
The Higher Education Coordinating Board Representative
Andrew Lofters, Ph.D., is a Program Director with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) within the division of Academic Quality and Workforce. Over the past eight years, Dr. Lofters has been responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and recommending dual credit, early college high school, distance education, and educator preparation policy for the division. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry-Teaching from The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and his Master of Education in Educational Administration-Principalship and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration-Community College Leadership degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation research focused on academic practices utilized by selected Texas early college high schools that promote academic success. Prior to working with the THECB, Dr. Lofters served for five years with Huston-Tillotson University as the Director of the Center for STEM Success and Assistant Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program, and 20 years with Austin Independent School District as a Science Teacher and Assistant Principal.
Alternative Education Preparation Program Representative
Veronica Galvan, Ed.D. is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Excellence in Teaching (EiT) in Harlingen. She previously taught as a Texas public school teacher and at the university level for the University of Texas System. She holds professional certificates in Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education, ESL, Elementary Speech, and Elementary Self-Contained Education. Dr. Galvan earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education from Pan American University and a Doctor of Education for the University of Houston. Her term expires February 7, 2027.
Texas Education Agency Representative
Kelvey Oeser is the Deputy Commissioner of Educator Support at the Texas Education Agency where she helps ensure Texas recruits, supports, and retains effective teachers and principals to serve the 5.5 million public school students in Texas. A graduate of Emory University, Kelvey began her career as a middle school English teacher in East Los Angeles. She holds a Master’s degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Kelvey previously worked at the Texas Education Agency once before, where she launched the Texas STEM Initiative and managed grant programs focused on redesigning high schools serving low income communities. As the national Vice President of Staff Training Design at Teach for America, Kelvey led a team of designers who created leadership and staff development opportunities for 800+ instructional staff members across the country. As a Partner at TNTP, Kelvey led the organization’s work in Texas focused on recruiting, training and supporting great teachers and school leaders. Prior to her current role at TEA, Kelvey was the Chief of Networks at Leading Educators, where she led the strategy and implementation of the organization's programmatic partnerships with school systems across the country focused on reinventing professional development for teachers. Kelvey lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.