TEXARKANA, Texas -- The Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators held its third annual Aspiring Administrators Symposium this past weekend.
While this year's event was virtual, it provided attendees the opportunity to network and learn valuable leadership and management skills from top local educators. Jennell Ingram, a member of NETABSE and Texarkana Independent School District coordinator of teacher mentoring and academic services, was the symposium chair and designed the event as encouragement for classroom teachers to aim higher and consider pursuing a role in education administration.
"Each of our speakers come from different parts of life, different backgrounds and different geographic locations," President Elect Lee Williams III said during the meeting. "I often tell people that diversity is not all about skin color. It's about what you bring to the table -- what demographic, what background, what opportunity, where you come from -- all of those things bring diversity and inclusion together."
Williams said the goal was for each attendee to feel empowered and excited about their future within the field of education.
"In order to continue to sustain support of educational advancement and further widen the pool of educators, as well as to further diversify it, NETABSE is committed to promoting growth in membership," he said.
Local affiliate membership may be acquired by completing the application at netabse.org/ online and submitting the annual dues.
Local educators at symposium included:
- Dr. Emily Cutrer -- president of Texas A&M University-Texarkana -- who spoke about leading during challenging times.
- Teresa Robinson -- principal of Liberty-Eylau Early Education Center -- who spoke about making the jump into administration.
- Sherri Penix -- chief innovation officer of TISD -- who spoke about campus culture and improvement.
- Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden, keynote speaker -- TABSE Higher Education Commission Chair -- who spoke about how leaders can reset growth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
(A recording of the symposium can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=SZxBvitqTSY&t=341s)