PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Dr. Caroline Ross

Professional Development Team

Caroline Ross is committed to transforming educators and preparing leaders to be the best they can be for their K-12 students. High‐performing, strategic-thinking professional with more than 30 years of experience in education. An award-winning secondary principal, Interim Superintendent, adjunct professor, and educational consultant. Highly skilled at relationship building with teachers and administrators; exceptional writing, presenting, and interpersonal, communication skills. Adept at assessing educational needs, generating options, and implementing solutions in collaboration with all stakeholders.

 

Facilitate professional learning communities and provide workshops and training on topics such as creating a positive classroom culture, and bullying, promoting the importance of a positive campus climate, lesson planning, and content-specific teaching practices. Coaching/Mentoring on relationship building, time and task management, organization, and general preparation. Experience working with diverse populations of traditional and nontraditional students in urban settings. Widely known for restructuring struggling schools and organizational systems.

Gabriella Williams

Professional Development Team

Gabriella Williams holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and principal in one of the largest urban Districts in the country. During her tenure as principal, she was successful in transforming a school rated Unacceptable to an Exemplary rating.  She created a culture of excellence that continues to this day. 

  

After 37 years of service, Gabriella retired and joined the Texas Education Agency where she supported campuses with school improvement efforts. As a member of the Professional Service Provider Cadre with the Texas Education Agency, seven of the nine schools she supported achieved Acceptable ratings with four of them earning Distinctions from the state. 

  

Currently, Ms. Williams is a Language Arts Facilitator for a Charter school.

Dr. Marjorie Williams

Professional Development Team

Dr. Marjorie (Marj) A. Williams has a multifaceted career in education,  leadership development, media services, and consulting. In 2000, Williams  became the 1st African American Superintendent in the 100-year-old  history of the Hickman Mills School District, located in Kansas City,  Missouri. She immediately took an active role in education, civic and community issues, and organizations in the Greater Kansas City, Missouri area and throughout the country. Williams’ career expanded through the ranks of K-12 Education, Higher Education, and Corporate America. She holds the longest tenure as a Superintendent in an Urban setting in the  State of Missouri.  

In 2005, Williams founded The Marste Group, LLC, a consulting firm,  serving school districts and businesses throughout the Country. The firm specializes in providing training and development, organizational management services, constructing and implementing educational programming, strategic planning and mentoring, and evaluation services. 

Williams currently contributes her expertise, skills, and time to numerous educational, civic, and community endeavors.

 

Connie Isabell

Professional Development Team

Connie Isabell is a career educator who has a passion for educating children in non-conventional ways. Mrs. Isabell has a Masters of Arts Degree in History from Stephen F. Austin State University as well as an Administrative Certification. Her career has covered various levels of educational leadership including high school and college history teacher; elementary, middle and high school principal; Director of Professional Learning, and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Isabell has transformed low-performing schools into exemplary schools by maintaining high expectations for all. She currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of Leadership and School Improvement. 

  

Early in her career, her zeal to accelerate the academics of African American children led her to establishing a non-profit organization called Scholastic Targeted Educational Programs, Inc. that specialized in boosting experiences for African American students in afterschool and summer enrichment programs.

Alecia Beck Cobb

Professional Development Team

Alecia Beck Cobb was initiated on August 10, 1997, into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Tau Rho Omega Chapter in Carrollton, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government and American History and a master’s degree in counseling from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Alecia obtained a doctoral degree in Public Policy from the University of Texas Dallas in Richardson, Texas.

Alecia started her career in education in San Angelo, Texas and Dallas, Texas. After moving to Dallas, Texas in 1978, Alecia was a counselor, central office administrator, and campus principal in the Dallas Independent School District before retiring in 2016. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Dallas College Mountain View Campus and Oklahoma Christian University; teaching government and African American Studies.

Alecia is a member of Greenville Avenue Church of Christ. From an early age, Alecia’s religious upbringing has been the underlying philosophy and ethical basis of her life. Romans 12:9-10 speaks to Alecia’s view on service. “Let the inner movement of your heart always be to love one another …”

Alecia was married to the late Otis D. Cobb for thirty-four years before his death in 2014. To their marriage, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Crystal. Alecia enjoys cooking, local politics, reading, and spending time with Crystal, her family and friends.