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.
Jose M. Rodriguez, board secretary, of Cedar Park is an English as a Second Language teacher at Leander ISD, where he teaches students kindergarten to 5th grade. He is a former Texas TeachPlus Fellow and a former Teacher Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Arts in government from Pan American University and a Master of Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. 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.
Laurie J. Turner, Ed.D., of Corpus Christi is an American history teacher at Gregory-Portland Junior High School and former Social Studies Department Head. She is president of the Flour Bluff ISD Education Foundation and vice-president and sub-committee member of Corpus Christi Community Outreach. She is a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission, former coordinator for the Collaborative Education Program for Americas and a former Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is also former coordinator for the Safety 1st Campaign, member of the Campus Improvement Committee and Calendar Committee for Gregory Portland ISD. Turner received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from the University of Portland, a Masters of Public Administration in public policy from Washington University and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her term expires February 1, 2021.
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, 2021.
Arturo J. “Art” Cavazos, Ed.D., board chair, of Harlingen is superintendent for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. He is a member of the University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council and participated in the National ConnectED Superintendents Summit. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, Texas High Performance Schools Consortium and the Ford Next Generation Superintendents Council. He is also board president of the Boys and Girls Club, board member of Su Clinica Familiar, South Texas Emergency Care Foundation, United Way of Cameron County Finance Committee and Harlingen Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member of the Academic Achievement Distinction Designation Committee and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College P-16 Council. Cavazos received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a Master of Education from The University of Texas Pan-American and a Doctor of Education from The University of Texas at Austin. His term expires February 1, 2021.
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.
Sandie Mullins of Houston is a former Houston Community College Trustee for District VI. She is a board member of the West Houston Leadership Institute and former member of the West Houston Hospital and West Houston Region P-16 Education Council. Mullins co-founded and served as president for Super Neighborhood 17, co-chaired the Business and Education Committee for Houston West Chamber of Commerce and served as a member of the Economic Development, West Houston Public Safety, Governmental Affairs and Teacher of the Year Committees. She also volunteers for the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Texas Children’s Hospitals, The Collaborative for Children and Grace Presbyterian Church. Mullins received a Bachelor of Science in education from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from St. Mary’s University. Her term expires February 1, 2021.
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
Emily Garcia of Dallas is the Executive Director of Urban Teachers. Previously, she served as a middle school Director for Uplift Education, and was a teacher and an assistant principal for Grand Prairie ISD. She is a founding member of The Commit Partnership's Best in Class Coalition, a member of P.E.O. International, and a Leadership ISD Fellow. Additionally, she volunteers as a deputy voter registrar for Dallas County, and also supports the International Student Foundation. Garcia received a Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Education from Southern Methodist University. Her term expires February 1, 2021.
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.