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Meet Our Regional Directors

Raise Your Hand Texas not only invests in innovative public school principals, we also partner with visionary leaders we’ve sponsored. We can’t be everywhere in the state at once, so these men and women help us maintain connections with our alums in every Texas region. Our regional directors assist in advancing Raise Your Hand Texas’ strategic direction in their respective regions while supporting principals in driving operational excellence on their respective campuses.

Dr. Barry Lanford

Region 1, 2, 20

Barry Lanford is currently the Executive Director of Facility Maintenance and Operations in the North East Independent School District supervising nearly 800 employees and managing over twelve million square feet of facilities with an annual budget of over $22 million dollars.

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Dr. Cheryl Henry

Region 4

Cheryl T. Henry, Ed. D. has been an educator for 26 years. She is the principal at Cypress Springs High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, TX).

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Matt Pope

Regions 6, 12, 13

Matt Pope began his career as a middle school math teacher and an elementary learning facilitator in Victoria, Texas at two urban schools within the Victoria Independent School District.

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Lindsie Almquist

Regions 6, 12, 13

Lindsie Almquist serves as the Principal of Nadine Johnson Elementary in Hutto ISD. Lindsie attended Harvard AOL 2015 & has since supported RYHT in different ways. Lindsie is originally from south Texas, attended Texas A&M for her undergrad & Texas State for her masters.

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Michelle Cavazos

Regions 6, 12, 13

Michelle Cavazos currently serves as the Chief Officer for Academics and Social Emotional Learning for the Austin Independent School District.  Previously she served the district as the Chief Officer for School Leadership.

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Nancy Trent

Regions 3, 4, and 5

Nancy Trent is an Area Superintendent in Alief ISD. She has 30 years of experience in education. Prior to her current position, Nancy was the Principal of Alief Middle School and Youens Elementary. She has served as the South Houston Regional Director for Raise Your Hand Texas, since 2012.

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Dr. Johnny Briseño

Regions 3, 4, 5

Dr. Johnny Briseño is currently serving his fifth year as principal of Alvin High School in Alvin ISD. Dr. Briseño began his education career in Pasadena ISD. After having taught for three years, he served as assistant principal at South Houston High School for four years.

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Paul Covey

Regions 18 and 19

Paul Covey is the principal of Valle Verde Early College High School in the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Covey has served as an invited speaker and panel discussion member for various presentations on technology integration and early college high school initiatives.

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Sandy Whitlow

Regions 9, 16, and 17

Sandy Whitlow has been passionate about public education for over 35 years as a classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, and Director of Leadership, Training and Staff Support.

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Wayne Morren

Region 9, 16, 17

Wayne Morren has been an educator for 29 years.  He is the secondary principal for Floydada ISD.  Wayne has served Floydada ISD for the past 16 years.

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Dr. Wendy Eldredge

Regions 7, 8, 10 and 11

Dr. Wendy Eldredge, an area director in the Garland Independent School Distrct, has 25 years of public education service. Dr. Eldredge also served as an assistant principal and principal for Garland ISD.

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Lynn Smith

Regions 7, 8, 10, 11

Ms. Lynn Smith, a current Dallas ISD High School Principal has over 20 years experience in public education. Ms. Smith has also served as Assistant Principal and Special Education Teacher in Round Rock ISD. She Is currently supporting RYHT in the DFW Region.

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