PRESIDENT ELECT. The duties of the President-Elect include conducting meetings in the absence of the President, planning the fall and spring conferences, communicate regularly with membership, and attend summer and fall TCSS executive board meetings. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY. The duties of the Executive Secretary include maintaining minutes of meetings, reporting minutes at meetings, and maintaining archives. TREASURER. The duties of the Treasurer include maintaining financial records, making reports to membership, and maintaining receipts and disbursements. VICE PRESIDENT-MEMBERSHIP. The duties of the Vice President of Membership include maintaining accurate records of membership and coordinating the Ann Rogers Scholarship. MEMBER AT LARGE. The duties of Members at Large include holding voting positions, attending fall and spring executive board meetings, assisting with duties related to the organization, and assisting the Social Media Coordinator.
2019 Officer Candidates
PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES Sharon Thorne-Green, J.D. "As a licensed attorney, I entered the filed of education in 2007 in Alief ISD. My legal education affords me a unique perspective and adept skills, and my practical experience provides a real-world connection for students and educators on how to prepare students for the 21st century. My passion for students and Social Studies is paramount. Since 2015, I proudly serve as the Secondary Social Studies Coordinator for one of the fastest growing districts in the state, Katy ISD, with over 80,000 students. Supporting 15 middle schools, 8 high schools and 17 instructional coaches has given me invaluable and relevant experience in management, organizational structures, and effective leadership. Developing high-performing, collaborative teams has been a hallmark of my work in Katy ISD. I have been able to implement inquiry and engagement, and move teachers forward in using data to improve instructional practices via collective teacher efficacy. I am an active member of NSSSA, NCSS (Presentation Reviewer), TSSSA as well as TCSS. Presenting at the district, local (Region 4), state (TCSS/TSSSA) and national levels (NCSS) has allowed me to share best practices. My education, experience, and passion for Social Studies demonstrate I am well-prepared to lead as President-Elect of TSSSA."
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP CANDIDATES Patricia Nieto is a Curriculum Coordinator for Social Studies at Comal ISD. "As a social studies educator with the goal of developing civic competence in our students, active participation in our organization provides an opportunity to collaborate with social studies leaders across the state to support the cause of advancing social studies education at the state level. As Vice President of Membership, recruiting membership to our sister organizations ensures our organization's viability and ability to affect change. As a member of the board of the Texas Social Studies Supervisor's Association, it has been an honor to work and learn alongside dedicated professionals committed to building teacher capacity and impacting social studies education. I thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to continue the work of promoting our organization."
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY CANDIDATES
Jamie Filipow is a 12-year educator in Houston ISD where she serves as a Teacher Development Specialist. "I have had the opportunity to participate in the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association in recent years and believe that this organization is imperative to the Social Studies community. Working in Social Studies can be a lonely place. We are often misunderstood or marginalized within our districts or on our campuses. TSSSA gives a voice to Social Studies leaders and advocates for social studies education. Now, it is my time to contribute. It is my responsibility to give back to this organization. As Shirley Chisolm said, 'Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.' I feel it is my duty to offer my skills and knowledge to this organization. I bring a wealth of talents and qualifications to the position of Secretary. I have been an integral part of developing a district-wide conference for the 3rd year, demonstrating my ability to manage large projects and problem solve. Additionally, my work in schools enables me to to have my pulse on the needs of struggling teachers and developing leaders, allowing me to bring innovative ideas to support social studies leadership in Texas. Personally, I desire to someday serve as a coordinator in a district."
Christopher Hightower is the Director of Social Studies in Midland ISD . "I am interested in serving as Treasurer of TSSSA because I truly believe that the success of an organization depends greatly on whether or not that organization is able to adhere to a budget. I believe that I am up to the challenge of this position because I am knowledgeable of financial reprots and I have the ability to translate that information to our board and the members of our organization in a meaningful way. As a partner on the board, I want to work to create a strategic plan that moves our organization toward our shared intentions and objectives. It would be an honor to serve as Treasurer of TSSSA and with your help I will do my best to ensure that our fiscal house stays in order."
MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATES
Latonya Amboree is a Social Studies education specialist for Region 4 with over 15 years in education. "As an educational specialist, and member of of the TBLC, I have served in a variety of supervisory roles. however, my favorite role in which to serve is whichever one best meets the needs of the organization. I am a servant-minded team player who wants to do what I can in order to positively impact social studies instruction, supervision, curriculum, research, teacher training, and social action. The best way to do that is to be more involved. I feel it is my civic responsibility to stop sitting on the sidelines and waiting to be told what to do. I must use my knowledge, creativity and expertise to help be a part of the decision-making and problem-solving to do my part to continue driving social studies education into the 21st century. The executive board will benefit from my strong work ethic, positive attitude, innovative ideas, calculated decision-making skills, love of learning, creative problem-solving abilities, collaborative mentality, and respectable character. Moreover, i also have several years' experience with planning, marketing, and executing large conferences, including establishing relationships with a wide variety of vendors and community partners."
Dr. Matt Campbell is a Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Coach in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD following several years as dual credit and AP U.S. History teacher. "The greatest challenge as a social studies leaders is conveying the importance of teaching social studies to a public that has trivialized its value over the past half century. We have a duty to bring social studies back to forefront of the American pedagogy. Civic knowledge is the foundation for which our country flourished, and we need to work to enable strong social studies teachers to embed a love of the discipline in the upcoming generation of students. How do we do this? We must make the social studies curriculum relevant to students. We need to work with teachers, leaders, and legislators to raise awareness about the value of social studies and find new ways to engage students with the content and not memorizing dates and names. Once we do this, we will have a truly empowering discipline for students of all backgrounds. Thus, my goal would be to work diligently to advocate for culturally relevant social studies classrooms and bring skills and resources to social studies educators. We need to bring social studies back as a crucial element of the core curriculum in schools at all grade levels, including elementary!"
Michelle Neyrey works in Spring ISD, focusing on middle school Social Studies . "The most detrimental issues we have today is that our students and parents feel that Social Studies is not important. In the political climate we are in, no matter what political party you are, you should see a crisis. Students need to be educated in social studies to know what has happened in the past and decide if they agree with it or not and make choices on how to proceed in the future. With that being said. students need to be more literate. If you look at the documents in history, the textbooks or even the test you need to be able to read and a strong vocabulary is necessary. We have to start in elementary school and incorporate history and civics with reading. The reading and vocabulary skills have to be built. Students cannot start in 8th grade trying to force all the vocabulary words. Working with Social Studies professionals in the implementation of literacy in Social Studies is a vital part of our future. It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher who will make a positive contribution to the position of At Large Member."