Charlene Burroughs is the Vice President of School House Excellence. An expert training designer, Charlene was a career educator who worked most of her professional life in the twelfth largest school district in the United States. Before leaving the classroom, she served the children of the district for 22 years. Always aware of trends and innovations impacting teaching and learning, Charlene successfully taught kindergarten through eighth grades.
After retiring from the school district in 2011, Charlene worked six years as a departmental trainer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She continued writing and delivering training until she answered a call to use her skills and her love of teaching and learning to start School House Excellence.
Dominick Clayton is an award-winning educator, born in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing. He also was an all-conference athlete in both football and track while at JCU. After trying his hand at arena football, Dominick began his career in education at his high school alma mater (Mt. Dora High School) as a special education math teacher. Dominick was quickly urged to pursue leadership by the school’s administration team. He followed their lead and graduated from Barry University with a master’s degree in Science with a focus on educational leadership.
Dominick began his educational leadership journey in 2006 as an assistant principal at a low-performing high school. His desire and passion to create and develop whole human beings is the driving force behind his goal to spread humanity and love to all.
Gloria J. Davis’ professional career in education spans over 46 years primarily in the area of administration. She has served as Superintendent of Schools for the past 16 years in primarily urban and multi-cultural school districts, such as Decatur, Illinois and Dodge City, Kansas where academic achievement and graduation rates increased with an improved, systematic curriculum. She was responsible for leading the education reform initiative as Superintendent of Schools for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
Ms. Davis has served as an elementary teacher, elementary and middle school principal and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in University City, Missouri, which is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, Mo. Her background as a Superintendent of Schools who has a thorough knowledge of quality instruction has allowed her to dramatically improve academic success for students while providing guidance for staff to enhance their skills.
Dr. Brian DeVeaux served as an educator for 34 years in the 11th largest district in the country. During that time, Brian served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, associate principal, and principal. While serving in those roles, he was instrumental in leading effective instructional programs.
As the principal of a historically underperforming Improvement Required high school, he increased the academic rigor and created a culture of excellence. His leadership allowed the school to build strong teams and create a robust school improvement plan which resulted in a consistent Met Standard rating.
Brian’s ability to develop effective instructional programs and build campus cultures that recognize the power educators have to change life’s circumstances is a rare commodity. As a result of these skills, Brian was recruited to serve as a specialist for The University of Texas at Arlington where he observes, coaches, and provides feedback to candidates in their Principal program.
Lisa DeVeaux served as a teacher, principal and learning community executive director in the 11th largest district in the country for 33 years. As an elementary and high school principal, she designed and implemented Professional Learning Community (PLC) protocols that significantly increased teacher engagement and student achievement. The PLC cycles and protocols she developed continue to sustain the work of numerous campus leaders.
During her four years as the executive director responsible for 37 elementary schools, she recognized the role principals played in the equity and access equation. To support their work, she designed and delivered professional development that improved the leadership practices of the principals in her learning community.
As a certified coach, Lisa utilizes her expertise to support leaders and teams in effectively identifying school improvement leverage points. Lisa received her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin’s Cooperative Superintendency Program.
David Edgerson is a veteran educator with over 25 years of service in public school administration. He has served Texas children and communities in the capacity of Teacher, Coach, Principal, Special Education Supervisor, and District Section 504 Coordinator. Currently, he works as a Behavior Coordinator in DeSoto ISD.
David has degrees from Prairie View A&M University; a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Med), and a Master of Education in Education Administration. Additionally, he has certificates in the areas of Mediation/Negotiation, and Strategic Marketing Management from Texas A&M University and Rice University, respectively. Mr. Edgerson has completed coursework toward his doctoral degree.
Mr. Edgerson has sat on advisory boards such as Youth Extinguishing Smoking (YES) Team of Arkansas, the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and the Prairie View A&M University Council on Teacher Development. David is a member of several professional and social organizations.
DeAndrea Fleming is an advocate of lifelong learning, with more than 18 years of professional educational experience. She began her educational career as a teacher before advancing to a Department Chair, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal and a central staff professional. Fleming currently is the owner of Mark of Resilience where she offers educational consulting services to various school districts nationwide.
Her passion for education led her to become more involved in educational advocacy at both the local and state level. She serves as Vice President of the DeSoto ISD School Board Trustees and a Regional Vice President of the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members. Her personal agenda is to “Keep Children First” in every decision made. She believes deeply in the power of a great education by providing opportunities and an environment for students to thrive academically and socially.
Dr. Hancock is the Professor of Practice in Education and Director of the Accelerated Certification for Teachers (ACT) Program at Carthage College, where she developed, launched, and leads the Urban Teacher Preparation Program. Dr. Hancock has devoted her career to address inequities in the U.S. educational school system. She joined the Carthage administration and faculty in 2014 and, during the same year, launched her private business, MH Educational Consulting, LLC that provides a series of professional development workshops to school districts, charter and parochial schools, and community organizations to help close access and opportunity gaps of underserved populations.
Dr. Hancock was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher for twenty-five years. During her tenure in K-12 education, Dr. Hancock received many awards highlighting her dedication to students, families, and marginalized communities.
Earl A. Jones is the Executive Pastor at Oasis Church at Lakeview in Rowlett, Texas. Mr. Jones spent 38 years in the 11th largest district in the country. During that, he served as principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. His accomplishments led to his selection as Executive Director for the Carter Feeder Pattern. In this role, he was responsible for supporting principals in implementing the District Theory of Action.
Mr. Jones received his Master’s and bachelor’ degrees from Kansas State University. He has completed coursework toward his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas. Mr. Jones currently serves as the Board President for the Turner Twelve and has been on the board since the Turner Twelve was founded. Serving on this board has been one of his most rewarding service opportunities.
Timothy Erskine Johnson has served the Portsmouth Public School Division for the past thirty-one years. Currently, he serves as the principal of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth,VA. for the past fifteen years. He has served as an assistant principal – seven years; and marketing education teacher – eight years.
Dr. Johnson holds an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); He holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership – Principalship from Old Dominion University; a marketing education teacher certification from Old Dominion University in addition to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Marketing from Norfolk State University. Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Johnson served as a senior marketing field representative for A. C. Nielson Business Services in Northbrook, IL.
Dr. Johnson is a member of the board of directors for the Portsmouth Public Schools education foundation.
Dr. Andrea B. Nelson currently serves as the Executive Director of Professional Learning for From The Heart International Educational Services. She has a track record of being a transformational leader in urban school districts with over 25 + years of experience as an elementary, reading coach, curriculum/ professional development specialist, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent of instruction.
Whenever approached with the task of transforming a low-performing school, she immediately addresses the culture of low expectation by creating a climate for change and student expectation reset. Her standard of excellence with the belief that every child can learn at his/her core addresses all personnel in the building from maintenance teams to her leadership team. Increasing cultural sensitivity, addressing systemic social barriers, affirming each child as an individual, and applying a disciplined approach to research-based pedagogy have been the keys to her success.
Andrae Rhyne is a creative educational leader who excels in growing leaders and teacher leaders. He has thirty-four years in public education and served as a teacher, elementary principal, high school principal, curriculum director manager of the Dallas ISD Alternative Teacher Certification Program, and manager of the Leadership Initiative for Teachers (LIFT), a principal’s certification program, Project Director for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and Director of State and Federal Programs.
Andrae has many notable achievements. He was a featured entertainer in Washington D.C. at the Congressional Black Caucus, Board of Directors of the Public Opera of Dallas, and Board of Directors of the Texas Secondary School Principals Association. Among his most cherished is the Neiman March Downtown Renaissance Award, given to a select group of community leaders who shaped the rebirth of Downtown Dallas. Andrae was recently nominated to apply for the Global Forum in Education and Learning.