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Friday, January 22 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
General Session I–Donna Bahorich, Kim Pinkerton, and Linda Urban

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General Session I Agenda

Welcome: Cindy Benge

Officer Nominations:
VP Elect: Margaret Hale
VP Elect for M&A: Kristen Stapp and Kelly Tumy
Recording Secretary: Lori Elliot and Karen Green

A Conversation with Kim Pinkerton and Donna Bahorich

Keynote Speaker: Linda Urban


Donna Bahorich

Texas SBOE Chair
As chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE), Donna Bahorich is committed to preparing all children to be productive, engaged citizens. She has worked diligently to approve and promote college and career ready courses, including strong career and technical education courses, leading... Read More →

Kim Pinkerton

TCTELA President-elect, University of Houston-Downtown
Kim Pinkerton began teaching literacy methods and instruction as an Urban Education faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown in 2007. Kim has a passion for working with students who have struggled both personally and academically. As a teacher educator, her goal is for... Read More →

Linda Urban

Linda Urban is an award-winning author of novels and picture books for children. Her latest novel, Milo Speck, Accidental Agent was published in September by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Earlier work includes the middle-grade novels A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Hound Dog True, and The... Read More →

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L. Elliott

Write for Texas Coach & ELAR Consultant, ESC, Region 10
Position Statement for Recording Secretary: One of the most important things I have learned as an ELAR educator is that just as students need advocates, so do teachers. Teaching can be a lonely journey, but through collaboration and support, educators find resiliency, hope, strength... Read More →
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Karen Green

Assistant Principal, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Position Statement for Recording Secretary: It is my belief that closing the literacy gap is critical. In a career spanning 23 years, I have been blessed to work at both the elementary and secondary levels, teaching literacy and a love of reading and writing to students from diverse... Read More →
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Margaret Hale

Clinical Associate Professor, Univ. of Houston
Position Statement for President-elect: With the current state of education, teachers need strong advocates in their professional organizations who will make sure their voices and needs are heard. Teachers also need leaders who will provide strong input about programs offered through... Read More →
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Kristen Stapp

Ft. Bend ISD
Position Statement for Vice President-elect for Membership and Affiliates: TCTELA has a unique role in shaping instruction in literacy instruction in our state, providing a forum for educators from kindergarten to college classes to share their expertise and guide our state leadership... Read More →
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Kelly Tumy

ELA Coordinator, Crosby ISD
Position Statement for Vice President-elect for Membership and Affiliates: For the past year I have served TCTELA as the Recording Secretary, and I look forward to continuing my role as a board member. As a classroom teacher for 20 years, I know what struggles teachers are going thorough... Read More →

Friday January 22, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm CST
Grand Ballroom-Grand Ballroom – Atrium Level (Lobby)