Executive Board Candidates
Below are candidates for terms beginning 2021.
Present Position: TMEA Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair (2019–2020); Director of Choirs, Tomball Memorial HS (2016–present).
Previous Positions: Director of Choirs, Cy-Fair HS, CFISD (2005–2016); Associate Choir Director, Jersey Village HS, CFISD (2004–2005); Associate Choir Director, Langham Creek HS, CFISD (1998–2004), Voigt Elementary Music Teacher, Round Rock ISD (Spring 1998).
Education: Master of Educational Leadership, Lamar University (2009); Bachelor of Music, Southwestern University (1998).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: TMEA Vice-President and Vocal Division Chair (present); All-State Mixed Choir Organizer
(2018–2019); Area F Chair (2016–2018); Vocal Division Convention Coordinator (2016–2017); Area E Chair (2014–2015); Facilities Manager (2012–2013); Region 27 Vocal Chair (2006–2009).
Other Offices and Positions Held: TCDA Ways and Means Committee; TCDA Hospitality Chair; Youth Choir Director, Church of St. John the Divine; Trinity Vineyard Church Homegroup Leader (2006–2018).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TCDA, ACDA. Honors/Accomplishments: TMEA Invited Performing Choir (2004); Consistent UIL Sweepstakes Awards; Multiple National Awards and Choir Championships; active conductor, adjudicator, and clinician; Cy-Fair HS Bobcat Leadership Award.
Personal Information: I am a hard worker and am passionate for the things in which I believe, including music education, the students who pursue music in our programs, and the many
colleagues who have sacrificed for the music profession. I am an extremely proud father of two amazing children: daughter Avery (13), and son Aidan (12), who is an alto saxophonist in the Schultz JH Band program of Waller ISD.
Statement: It is a great honor to be nominated for the office of TMEA President-Elect. These are extremely trying times in our world, communities, and the classrooms of every campus and
discipline, but more so in the many music and fine arts departments. As a current director of ensembles, who stands in front of students and is in the classroom on a daily basis, I have a firsthand understanding of the needs of music students and directors across our great state. I believe this to be an important and significant attribute of our next President-Elect. I wish to further collaborate with the TMEA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee to help recruit, retain, and support directors of diverse ethnicities, as well as to explore ways to increase student participation in music departments in all communities. We must find ways to encourage support for students of diverse populations and socioeconomic status and the DEI Committee is an integral component to help develop and facilitate such needed solutions. I believe we can utilize tools, such as TMEA Connections, to help combat the potential devastation of fine arts programs. It is my desire as President-Elect to continue to cultivate the tools developed during this difficult season and to seek new ideas from members, while upholding the traditions of TMEA. We will build upon the firm foundation that has been laid by previous Board members and Presidents in order to ensure student success in all of our programs. We know music is vital to student cognitive, creative, and academic development. As President-Elect, I will work diligently to maintain TMEA’s strong advocacy for music educators with the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Education Agency. I will seek ways to expand TMEA’s visibility and effectiveness across the state, nation, and globe. Collaborating with other associations and agencies is essential to being a continued and effective presence as we fight for adequate support and funding. I have been involved in every facet of the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, All-State auditions, and Invited Performing Groups process. I understand the needs and the importance of the Honor Ensemble process. I will work for the Elementary Division, for the journey truly starts with you. I will work for the Band, Choir, and Orchestra Divisions, for it’s you who shape the great young minds and musicians. I will work for the College Division, for it’s you who shape the teachers and leaders of tomorrow. While I may not know all the answers at any given moment, I will work tirelessly to find them. I hope to continue to serve you as the next TMEA President-Elect. Please consider me when you cast your vote.
Present Position: Assistant Director of Fine Arts, Arlington ISD (2019–present).
Previous Positions: Coordinator of Fine Arts, Arlington ISD (2017–2019); Director of Orchestras, Martin HS, Arlington ISD (2006–2017); Director of Orchestras, Midway ISD (Waco) (2000–2006).
Education: Bachelor of Music, The University of Texas at Arlington (2000); Master of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (2018).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: TMEA Vice-President and Orchestra Division Chair (2019–present); Region 8 Orchestra Chair (2001–2004); Region 8 Vice-President (2004–2006); Region 5 Vice-President (2006–2016); Region 5 President (2016–2018); Computer Coordinator for All-State Orchestra Auditions (2006–2019); Chair of Agenda Committee (2018).
Other Offices and Positions Held: CSAPP, TMAA (2014–2016); Vice-President, Mu Omicron (2018–2020); President, Mu Omicron (2020–present).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TODA, TMAA, TMAC, Mu Omicron.
Honors/Accomplishments: TMEA HS String Honor Orchestra (2015); TMEA HS Full Honor Orchestra (2017); Midwest Clinic Performance (2017); TMEA Honor String Orchestra Finalist (2007, 2009–2015); TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Finalist (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017); Arlington ISD AWARE Award for Educational Excellence (2014); Martin HS Fine Arts Wall of Fame Inductee (2018).
Personal Information: I have been happily married to my wonderful wife, Sara, a former band director and current school counselor, for 17 years. We have two children, Matthew (14) and Kari (4), who are the pride and joy of our family. Matthew is an active member of his school’s orchestra and choir programs and Kari sings and plays the piano every chance she gets!
Statement: It is with a most humble heart that I accept the nomination for the office of President-Elect of TMEA. I have been honored to serve the Orchestra Division for the past two years, and I am proud of the wonderful work and progress we have achieved. In collaboration with the Board and member representatives, I helped develop and implement the first Invited Mariachi Ensemble at the 2020 Clinic/Convention and fostered the creation of the first Mariachi All-State audition process. Working toward a more manageable process and equitable geographic representation, I led a redesign of the Orchestra All-State process, improving efficiency and streamlining the audition material to facilitate a better experience for all. The future of music education during this unprecedented time requires a strong commitment to ensure students have equitable access and receive high-quality delivery of instruction. As President-Elect, I will work to continue the development of safety guidelines and classroom recommendations to ensure that music education is preserved and enhanced to improve the lives of all students in Texas. With the unexpected changes in education, it is imperative that TMEA work to improve advocacy and engage with policymakers, highlighting the connection of music education to the social-emotional well-being and mental health of all children in Texas. The impact of music is irreplaceable and lifelong. Our organization must lead the charge to protect this vital contribution to society. As our organization moves forward, it is time to fully recognize and embrace the diversity within our organization and become more intentional in the selection of clinicians, clinics, and repertoire to fully represent the entirety of our membership. As President-Elect, I will work with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, listening to TMEA members and students from historically underrepresented communities to better the experience for all. Through passionate and ever-evolving leadership, TMEA has continued to stand in the forefront of music education in our nation. As a membership, we must strike a balance of challenging current standards while maintaining appropriate traditions. As President-Elect, I will continue the advancement of music in our state and address the concerns of the membership. It is my most sincere desire that TMEA continue to showcase inspiring teaching with both invited and honor ensemble concerts, to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences through our All-State performances, and to fully develop and enhance our instruction during our convention clinics. It is my deep hope that I can continue to give back to this great organization and work for the membership to continue growing and evolving TMEA, providing great experiences and opportunities for the next generation of leaders. I respectfully ask for your vote for President-Elect of TMEA in February.
Ann G. Smith
Present Position: Director of Orchestras, Plano East Senior HS, Plano ISD (2014–present).
Previous Positions: Director of Orchestras, Flower Mound HS, Lewisville ISD (2008–2014); Assistant Orchestra Director, Martin HS, Arlington ISD (1998–2008); Director of Orchestras, Paschal HS, Fort Worth ISD (1994–1998).
Education: Bachelor of Music, Wright State University (1994); Master of Music Education, University of Texas at Arlington (2009); Performance Certificate, Conducting, University of Texas at Arlington (2009).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 24 Vice-President (2018–2020); Region 24 Orchestra Division Chair (2016–2018); Region 24 Orchestra Division Secretary (2014–2016); Region 5 Orchestra Division Chair (2008); TMEA Convention Clinic Presider; TMEA Orchestra All- State Audition Panel; TMEA Orchestra Pre-Area and Area All-State Panel and Chair; TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Judge; TMEA MS Honor String Orchestra Judge.
Other Offices and Positions Held: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference Clinician; TMAA CSAPP Committee Member; TODA Convention Clinician; TODA Convention Presider; Region Orchestra Conductor; Region Audition Panel and Chair.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TODA, TMAA, Mu Omicron.
Honors/Accomplishments: Consistent UIL Full Orchestra and String Orchestra Sweepstakes Award Winner; TMEA Honor String Orchestra Finalist; TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Finalist; Mark of Excellence Commended Award Recipient; Midwest International Band and Orchestra Invited Performer String Orchestra; active clinician and adjudicator.
Personal Information: I have been married to Phil for 29 years. While Phil is not a musician, he has become one of the biggest fans of everything orchestra. I have had the privilege of raising two fantastic boys, Andrew 28 (viola) and Thomas 24 (cello). Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Management/Finance, and works and lives in the greater Detroit area. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science, Food Science and is attending the J. Rueben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. Outside of Orchestra, my interests include quilting, reading, exercise, and volunteer church service.
Statement: I am humbled to accept the nomination for the office of TMEA Orchestra Vice-President. I am grateful for the colleagues and friends who have supported me in the journey for this nomination. I am also grateful for the many teachers, colleagues, friends, and mentors who have influenced me and impacted my journey as an orchestra director. As a Texas orchestra director of 26 years, TMEA has played a prominent role in my career, as a mentor, friend, colleague, executive, and unifier. Because TMEA has had such an impact on me, it is my desire to serve, give back, and lead the organization and the Orchestra Division as we move through these unique times. As Orchestra Division Vice-President, I will work to be that friend, mentor, and colleague through the development of high-quality, wide reaching professional development. Members of the Orchestra Division should continue to feel welcome, comfortable, and excited to attend professional development sessions, with the continuation of high-quality, relevant, and innovative clinics, regardless of the platform in which they are presented. Through the TMEA annual convention, the continued exploration and emphasis of pedagogy, inclusion, diversity, and technology will be an important part of my service to the Orchestra Division. It is imperative that the conversation around region/All-State auditions and Honor Orchestra continues, listening to ideas and working to continue the steady climb in expectations and quality of all involved in these competitive processes. I will be the audience and facilitator for these future conversations, while working to maintain the integrity of the audition and judging processes. It is imperative that through the division and collaborative work with organization leaders that the conversation and movement toward greater diversity and equality is explored and promoted. Music is a great equalizer and should be used to bring about equality and strength to Texas students and the education system. I am grateful for everything TMEA has given me in my career, and I believe in giving back to the organization that has had such a tremendous impact. It would be an honor to serve TMEA, the Orchestra Division, and my colleagues as the TMEA Orchestra Division Vice-President. Thank you for your vote and support.
Jesse Cannon II
Present Position: Head Choir Director, Duncanville HS; Secondary Choral Coordinator, Duncanville ISD (2017–present).
Previous Positions: Assistant Choir Director, DeSoto HS, DeSoto ISD (2012– 2017); Della Icenhower Intermediate, Mansfield ISD (2011–2012).
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Dallas Baptist University (2011); Master of Music Education, Mississippi State University (Summer, 2021).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 20 President (2020–present); Region 20 Vice-President (2018–2020); TMEA State Board (2018–present); Region 20 Vocal Chair (2016–2018); Region 20 Vocal Chair-Elect (2015–2016); Region 20 Secretary (2013–2015).
Other Offices and Positions Held: TMEA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (present); TMEA Vocal Division COVID-19 Resource Committee (present); SWACDA Repertoire & Resources Chair–HS Mixed (2018–2020); SWACDA Conference Committee; SWACDA Board Member; TMEA President’s Committee, Public Relations; TMEA College Division Student Assistant; TMEA Performing Group Guide; TMEA Session Presider; TMEA & UIL Contest Organizer; DBU All-State Choir Camp Director; Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Worship Staff.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TCDA, TMAA, ACDA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Honors/Accomplishments: ACDA National Conference Invited Performing Choir, Duncanville HS A Cappella Men’s Choir (2021); TMEA Invited Performance Group, It Starts With Music Production (2020); Region Choir Clinician (Middle School & High School).
Personal Information: As a product of music education in Texas and this organization, I can attest that TMEA changed my life! I had the honor of attending my first TMEA convention as a high school All-State musician, and that exalted experience helped shape me into the educator and musician I am today. I decided to dedicate my life to choral music education. Since I began teaching, I have vowed to give back to the organization that cemented my desire and love for music.
Statement: I humbly accept the nomination for the office of TMEA Vocal Vice-President and State Vocal Chair. As a proud member of this wonderful organization, it is a tremendous honor to be considered for this opportunity to serve with the finest music educators in the state of Texas. It was only this February that we were celebrating the centennial of TMEA, on the cusp of a global pandemic and much civil unrest. While we acknowledge TMEA’s history and continue to celebrate the success of the organization, we must also recognize the need for a progressive movement toward understanding and addressing the inequities that exist for our students and teachers within our profession. We must also reflect on our diversity, commit ourselves to equity, and reach beyond inclusivity to strive for creating belonging for all musicians within our choral community. I believe it is imperative that students and teachers from every culture and all walks of life see themselves in the future of our organization. I will voice the concerns of all choral directors from schools of all sizes, whether a rural 1C middle school program or an inner-city 6A high school. In a state with such high-caliber music programs, opportunities for high school exponentially exceed those for middle school programs. Additional opportunities for our middle school students and teachers to build musical growth that will ultimately strengthen all programs is necessary and attainable. Across the country, COVID-19 forced many of us to adjust our style of teaching. Music educators have been charged with moving instruction into the digital space, often without adequate resources or training. To respond to these challenges, I plan to lead an already forward-thinking division and provide resources and experiences for students and teachers. I will gather diverse approaches to online instruction that will help facilitate meaningful engagement with students and teachers across the state, amid the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves. The strength of TMEA lies within the resilience of its membership. The members of TMEA and their students are eager to move forward together and such movement begins with transparency, communication, and action. We have an opportunity to create equitable actions that positively impact every student and director so that TMEA can continue to serve as an even brighter beacon of success in music education. It is my sincere hope to serve as TMEA Vice- President and State Vocal Chair. Join me as we continue to work together in building a strong community that will enrich musicians for years to come.
Present Position: Head Choir Director, Rock Hill HS, Prosper ISD (2020–present).
Previous Positions: Head Choir Director, Sachse HS, Garland ISD (2005–2020); Head Choir Director, Reed-Custer HS, Braidwood, Illinois (2000–2003).
Education: Bachelor of Music (Education), Western Illinois University (2000); Master of Music (Choral Conducting), Louisiana State University (2005).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Vocal Division Convention and Clinic Coordinator (2020–2021); Area B Vocal Chair (2021); State Board Election Chair (2019); All-State Tenor-Bass Choir Organizer (2016–2017); Small School Choir Committee (2016–2017); Area C Vocal Chair (2014–2018); All-State Mixed Choir Section Leader (2014); Region 3 Vocal Chair (2010–2011); All-State Tenor– Bass Choir Section Leader (2007).
Other Offices and Positions Held: King of Glory Lutheran Church Interim Choral Director (Dallas); Sachse HS Fine Arts Department Head.
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TCDA, TMAA, ACDA.
Honors/Accomplishments: NAfME National Convention Demonstration Choir and Presenter (2016); City of Sachse Secondary Teacher of the Year (2011); Sachse HS Teacher of the Year (2010); American Classic Madrigal Festival Performance of Distinction (San Antonio 2012, 2014; Dallas 2020); frequent MS and HS Region Choir Clinician/Conductor.
Personal Information: The excellence of Texas music education was instilled in me by my formative teachers, Dr. James Stegall and Dr. Ken Fulton. Ultimately, my Garland ISD and North Texas colleagues put the finishing touches on this Illinois transplant. I was welcomed, supported, and mentored in the great teaching and traditions of music education in our state.
Statement: Because each year of my service to TMEA has provided opportunities to forge new friendships, to grow professionally and personally, and to be a part of an organization that truly changes lives, it is an honor to be nominated to serve as TMEA Vocal Division Vice- President and State Vocal Chair. The more I have learned about the inner workings of TMEA programs, the more I have come to understand what an impact TMEA makes in ways seen and unseen. The success of TMEA as a force for good in the music education community is founded on wise and informed leadership from staff and elected officers as well as hundreds of volunteers willing to serve from the Region to the state level. It is truly humbling to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity. Recommendations for restoration and growth as we emerge from the pandemic include focus on three primary issues: First: recognition of the negative effects of loss of instruction. I will advocate for: • Development of a plan and acquisition of resources that focus on remediation required to fill the gaps in instruction and loss of culminating performances. • Prioritizing middle school students who have missed critical moments of growth and development. • Collaboration with UIL and TMAA to establish best practices and tools for teachers experiencing the rigor of concert and sight reading assessment, with particular emphasis on increasing the success of struggling programs. Second: addressing retention and social/ emotional well-being for both students and teachers. One of the biggest mass exits of master teachers at the end of this school year has been predicted. TMEA must present avenues to lift up our members who have been in the trenches and heal the very soul of music educators in all divisions. Third, and most important: our teacher and student diversity is a realistic example of what our country looks like. As we continue to examine TMEA’s role in the national discussion on inclusion for all in music education, I would like to challenge our division to focus on: • Making the discussion of racial equity prominent in all committees that serve our membership, not only the DEI panel committee and its initiatives. • Acknowledging the importance of including authentic representations of diverse cultures when selecting All- State literature. • Working to address the needs of developing and small-school choral programs, both rural and urban. • Providing impactful clinic presentations that address compelling cultural issues impacting our classrooms. • Utilizing TMEA resources to remove barriers that prevent economically disadvantaged students from reaching their full potential. We have work to do, and anyone who knows me through my volunteering and leadership within TMEA, knows my work ethic. Thank you for considering my candidacy. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work together!
Present Position: Director of Choral Activities, West Texas A&M University (2012–present).
Previous Positions: Director of Choral Activities, Abilene Christian University (2009–2012); Choir Director, Clear Creek HS (1998–2009).
Education: Bachelor of Music (K–12 certification), University of Houston (1995); Master of Music, University of Houston (1996); Doctor of Musical Arts, Claremont Graduate University (2001).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 17 Vocal Chair (2008–2009); Region 17 Choir Organizer (2007); Region 19 Choir Organizer (2006).
Other Offices and Positions Held: Worship Minister, University Church of Christ, Canyon, TX (2012–present).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, TMAA.
Honors/Accomplishments: TMEA performances by Clear Creek HS Symphonic Chorale (2004, 2007); TMEA performance by West Texas A&M University Chorale (2016); ACDA National Convention Performances by Clear Creek HS Symphonic Chorale (2005, 2009); Outstanding Achievements in Instructional Responsibilities Award from the Sybil B. Harrington College of Arts and Sciences (2016).
Personal Information: My wife and I have two daughters, ages 14 and 11 years. I wish to give them and their peers across the state a chance to have the finest vocal music education our society can offer. One might say I was born into TMEA nearly half a century ago. The only conventions I missed were those my parents failed to transport me to when I was a child, which were not many. I was inspired by my Dad to become a choir director. His contemporaries, whose choirs I can describe in detail, also influenced me. I have been blessed to be surrounded by the best teachers of the choral art my entire life, and my memories of watching these educators at TMEA conventions remain vivid. TMEA has been an invaluable part of my life.
Statement: The current issues facing our profession, and how we deal with them, will mold the future of TMEA and music education for years to come. Our Vocal Division Vice-President must have an unparalleled passion for TMEA, which is why I am seeking this office. Our leadership has taken us through a difficult stretch. We will need to make the best decisions about how to move forward. I believe we are compelled to fortify our foundation and build upon solid rock. It is incumbent upon the Executive Board of TMEA to use its experience and wisdom in order that we not face a future with substandard goals. Following the path of least resistance cannot be our pleasure. We should not seek to simply survive. Rather, we should look to advance the well-being of our music offerings in schools. A virtual world will serve us this year, and we can learn from it, but if we are to grow, we should maintain live settings where they are crucial. The standard for our future Region and All-State choirs will rely on our decisions. Here is my charge: quality! It must be protected. We must discern the ramifications of our choices, knowing that if we take the wrong route, it will be difficult to return to the right course. When it comes to excellence in music education, I will not bend. It should be our highest obligation to protect music education, never wavering off-course. We should never build a convention around ancillary issues which diminish the purpose of TMEA. Let us not forget that our students matter more than ourselves. “TMEA—It starts with music.” Will our actions in the future prove we believe in our mission? I believe it is necessary for the Regions across the state to come together and support our common calling, and it is incumbent upon the leader we choose to build a statewide team that can accomplish the task of bolstering our art and reconvening in February 2022. This is a crucial time for TMEA to elect a strong leader, one who is fully vested in a lifetime of fostering and nurturing the cause of music education in the state of Texas. I have proven my devotion to TMEA over the course of my career, and excellence has always been my standard. Pass me the torch of leadership. Together, we will emerge victorious!
Present Position: Elementary Music Teacher, Floresville South Elementary School, Floresville ISD (1997–present).
Previous Position: Elementary Music Teacher, Queen City Elementary School, Queen City, Texas (1996–1997).
Education: Bachelor of Music, Stephen F. Austin State University (1996); Master of Music Education, Texas State University (2001).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 12 Elementary Chair (2016-present); Mentor Area Coordinator (2015– present), TMEA Advocacy Team Summer 2019.
Other Offices and Positions Held: Kodály Educators of Texas, Vice President (2006–2010), President-Elect (2011–2012), President (2013–2014), Past-President (2014–2015).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, TCDA, OAKE, IKS.
Honors/Accomplishments: Floresville ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year 2011.
Personal Information: To be honest, I am not one of those people who always knew they wanted to be an educator, much less an elementary music teacher. The path I took, with all its twists nd turns, is not important. What is important is what happened once I discovered my passion for elementary music. My first few years were rough. I was not a natural. I had to work and attend rainings: Orff, Kodály, Phyllis Weikart, and Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. My passion for elementary music has grown over time. Being an elementary music teacher is part of my identity. I am overwhelmed by the encouragement I have received to run for TMEA Elementary Division Vice-President.
Statement: We have had many amazing men and women represent the Elementary Division for TMEA. My hope, if elected, is to build on the foundation laid before me. With the turmoil going on in America and the world with COVID-19, educators, especially music educators, face difficult times. Many music teachers across the United States have been deemed nonessential to education and have been laid off or reassigned. This is a time for boldness, not timidity. This is a time to sing about the benefits of elementary music education. Being a music teacher is my dentity, as it is for many of you, and it can be difficult to talk with people who do not understand our passion. I believe everyone who takes on this position, as TMEA Elementary Division Vice-President, leaves some sort of legacy. My hope is that, if elected, I will begin a passionate dialogue with those in power about the importance of elementary music education. I hope to continue the work that has already begun and help it grow. Historically, times of trouble (the great depression, civil war, etc.) have been times of great musical innovation. We must use this opportunity to give voice to our students. I am honored by the opportunity to serve and hope I can count on your support in the upcoming election.
Present Position: Elementary Music Teacher, Linda Herrington Elementary School, Round Rock ISD (2011–present).
Previous Positions: Elementary Music Teacher, Teravista Elementary School, Round Rock ISD (2009–2011); Elementary Music Teacher, Raye McCoy Elementary School, Georgetown ISD (2007–2009); High School Band and Choir Director, Pelham HS, Pelham, NH (2005–2007); Adjunct Instructor of Music, Rivier University, Nashua, NH (2005–2007).
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, the College of Wooster (2002); Master of Music, Trumpet Performance, Ohio University (2005).
TMEA Offices and Positions Held: Region 26 Elementary Chair (2018–present); Elementary Division Volunteer (2018–present); TMEA Clinic Presider; TMEA Mentor; TMEA Elementary Invited Group Selection Committee.
Other Offices and Positions Held: Linda Herrington Elementary School Team Lead (2018–present); MIDI for Kids Lead Teacher (2015–2020).
Professional Affiliations: TMEA, United States Army National Guard.
Honors/Accomplishments: RRISD Arts Lead cohort (2020); Peer Mentorship Award; Army Advanced Leadership Course (2017); Finley Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award(2014).
Personal Information: I could not ask for a more patient and supportive family. My wife Jennifer and my daughters Lorelai and Cora are all artists and musicians. We love reading, hiking, and playing tabletop games, and we are looking forward to the inaugural season of Austin Football Club. My family is endlessly thoughtful, creative, and fun!
Statement: One of the primary responsibilities of a Division Vice-President is planning and executing an impactful convention. Organization, patience, thoughtful and deliberate decision-making, the ability to listen and to grow: these are skills I have developed that will help me in planning such a convention. My leadership skills—honed as a teacher and as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army—will prove invaluable in bringing innovative and inspiring clinicians to our Texas teachers. In the same ways I was inspired at my first convention, I would like other teachers to feel empowered, grow to their fullest potential, and feel like a part of a greater community who believes in them. Ultimately, the impact of every convention will be felt for years by Texas’s teachers and children, and I believe I have the tools to ensure that the impact continues to be positive. The personal relationships I have developed through TMEA have been vital in shaping me as a teacher and individual. Not only have I learned many teaching ideas from my colleagues in TMEA, but I have also learned how to be more thankful, more thoughtful, to be a better listener, and a broader thinker. Across the state of Texas, many of us are now connecting even more than we did before the pandemic. TMEA already has a great deal of resources in place for connecting teachers to one another (Mentoring Network, Connections workshops, Teaching Resources Repository), yet there is potential for still more collaboration at a distance. As Elementary Vice-President, I would encourage our membership to take advantage of these resources and work to create a more connected community of teachers. Through our connections with one another we will grow into stronger, more well-rounded people for the benefit of all our students. During this challenging and uncertain time, we need thoughtful, inspiring leaders who will advocate for music education in Texas, bring creative and cutting-edge practices to the music teaching community, and encourage community-building within the profession. I hope the skills and ideas I have presented will convince you I am the type of leader who will work for you as well as for the benefit of every child throughout the state. Thank you for your consideration.