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Sharon M. Shields is the La Vega ISD superintendent. She has been serving in that position since 2006. She served as the assistant superintendent for instructional services from 2002 to 2006, and also has experience as an educator, counselor, principal, and district leader.
She received her doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University in 1993, master’s degree in education, mid-management certification, and counseling certification from Baylor University in 1983, and a bachelor’s in elementary education from Baylor University in 1980.
Linda Cannon has been an educator with Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD for more than 35 years. She began her career teaching third grade, and after five years in the classroom, she became a campus administrator. She served at various campuses at the elementary, intermediate, and junior high levels.
In 2010, Cannon became the executive director of student and academic services at Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD. In 2014, she moved to her current role as chief human resources officer for the district.
Cannon is involved in Raise Your Hand Texas and is a member of Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Cannon serves as a mentor for new teachers coming into the profession and has served as an examiner for Quality Texas.
Jennifer Carnathan is the Assistant Superintendent of Finance at Channelview ISD, in Channelview, Texas. Channelview ISD is a Major Suburban district in Education Service Center Region 4.
Carnathan graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2003. She started with Channelview as an accountant in 2004.
Gayle Fuqua has been the Executive Director of Finance and Human Capital with Kermit ISD for more than 15 years. Her work in the education sector began in 2000 when she served on various district and parent committees, including the PTO, campus site base, and district site base. While volunteering, she became interested in the financial matters surrounding public schools.
In 2022, Fuqua was highlighted and recognized by Region 18 as a leader in the Texas Council of Women School Executives. She volunteers her time and serves as a mentor to incoming business managers within Region 18.
Prior to working in education, Fuqua was in the corporate world for 17 years and served as a senior vice-president and trust officer with a depository institution. She is a graduate of Permian High School and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, both located in Odessa. She holds a Bachelor of Administration in Management.
Raymond P. Meza has served on the San Felipe Del Rio CISD Board of Trustees since 2007. He is currently the board president.
Meza is a 2012 Leadership TASB graduate and Master Trustee. He attended Sul Ross University, earning a Bachelor of Science and master’s in secondary education. He has certifications in bilingual, early childhood, and mid-management in school administration.
A retired educator, his experience includes serving as a kindergarten teacher, a sixth-grade teacher, and a middle school principal. He has also served his community as past president of the Lion’s Club, president of the local United Way, an elected member of the Val Verde Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, and vice-president of the appraisal board. Meza is currently a director of the Mexican American School Boards Association.
Dan Troxell is the executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). He has more than 30 years of experience as a public school leader and was named the TASB Superintendent of the Year in 2008.
Troxell began his career in public education in 1987 as a middle school social studies teacher at Round Rock ISD. He quickly moved on to administrative roles, serving as assistant principal and grade-level principal at Round Rock ISD, principal at Allen ISD, principal and assistant superintendent at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, and superintendent at both Kerrville ISD and Leander ISD.
Holding a doctorate in education administration from The University of Texas at Austin, Troxell has taught university-level courses as an adjunct professor and authored several journal articles, including an article on multicultural competencies and one on board president-superintendent collaboration.
At TASB, Troxell is responsible for advancing the association’s mission of promoting educational excellence for Texas schoolchildren through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services to school districts.
Raul Valdez has served on the Monte Alto ISD School Board since 2004 and currently is the president.
He is a lifelong resident of Monte Alto and began his long connection with the school district as a student in the Head Start program. His commitment to public education extends to his professional life. He has been a principal at the elementary and middle school levels at Raymondville ISD where his campus has earned state distinctions.
During his high school and college years, he was migrant farmworker. He would travel with his family to Michigan and Minnesota for seasonal field work. He graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School Top 10% in his class and earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Texas Pan American and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He completed his coursework for a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University in Kingsville.