Regional Advocacy Director - East Texas
Deann joined Raise Your Hand Texas in August 2021 after 32 years in public education. She began her teaching career in Arlington ISD before serving 23 years in Paris ISD as teacher, Special Education Supervisor, and State/Federal Programs Director. Deann spent the last seven years in Millsap ISD as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. Her time as a classroom teacher and administrator provide Deann a background in history, government, special education, bilingual/ESL, gifted/talented, federal and state compensatory programs, curriculum/instruction, support services, finance, visioning, and collaboration.
In tandem with Deann’s public education career, she has served as State President to the 100,000-member Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and State Vice President of the Equity Center. She has also served on Texas Education Agency’s Accountability Policy Advisory Committee and the Legislative Committees of the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Texas Association of Community Schools, and ATPE. Deann currently serves on the Alumni Board of Southern Nazarene University (SNU).
Deann holds a Bachelor of Science in History/Government from SNU and a Master of Arts in History/Government from Texas Woman’s University. Her Administration Certification was obtained from Texas A&M University, Commerce and her Superintendent Certification from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa. Deann and her husband, Jimmy – a retired school administrator, live in Paris and have a son, Travis.
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations. - George Bernard Shaw
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