David Edgerson is a seasoned veteran with over 20 years of service in public school administration. Mr. Edgerson has served Texas children and communities in the capacity of teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. In his current role at DeSoto Independent School District, he serves as a Supervisor within the Special Education department, overseeing instruction, as well as the 504 program for the district.
Mr. Edgerson has degrees from Prairie View A&M University, as well as certificates from Texas A&M University and Rice University. He is active in his church, as well as community events. David Edgerson is a family man, with a wife and four children. His strong faith in God is his catalyst for continuing to do the work he does in the field of education, along with his volunteer work and community activism.
Knikole Taylor is the Instructional Technology Coordinator with Life Schools. In this role, she supports the growth and development of teachers and students through the seamless integration of innovative technology usage. Knikole is a professional development trainer, curriculum developer, author and speaker, who has been privileged to travel the world to speak and work with other educators at conferences, campuses, and district-wide events. Knikole also holds many industry designations including Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She received her bachelor’s from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Masters of Education in Administration from Lamar University where she is currently a doctoral student.
Cosheda Hurd is a campus administrator in Lancaster ISD. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in Denton, a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas-Arlington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and is currently seeking her Superintendent Certification via the University of North Texas and Region 10 Cohort program. As a former Juvenile and Adult Probation Officer, Ms. Hurd’s passion is educating underprivileged children to provide them with choices that will exclude them from becoming a statistic in the criminal justice system. Because of this commitment, she has been an educator for 18 years, with no thoughts of leaving the profession any time soon.
Dina Jammer has worked with children and families in different capacities for over 30 years. She continues to advocate for the educational rights and for social justice of marginalized children and families of African American descent. As an educator and advocate for social equity, she has dedicated her life to serving at-risk youth through personal mentorship and the establishment of social and experiential learning programs (The Park’s Experiential Learning program, A-Z After the GED, Coding for Kids, TABSE Youth Symposium …etc.). As an elementary campus principal, Dina continuously seeks out opportunities to align her work, time and passion with organizations such as SWABSE and TABSE.
Chasiti McKissic is the current Project Director for the grant funded iSTEAM3D (innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) program in DeSoto Independent School District, that incorporates open-concept with project-based learning, arts integration and the blended learning model. Chasiti has over 10 year of experience in education and has assumed the roles of 4th grade Teacher, Instructional Interventionist, and Assistant Principal.
She is a graduate of DeSoto High School, holds a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston, a Master’s of the Art in Teaching from Texas Woman’s University & a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of North Texas. Chasiti has been a member of the Southwest Dallas County Alliance of Black School Educators since 2011, where she currently serves as the Recording Secretary.
Derica Turner currently serves as a Title I Instructional Coach and Parent and Community Liaison for Cedar Hill ISD. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas in Denton and a Master’s Degree from The University of North Texas at Dallas in Educational Leadership. With experience as an elementary, secondary, and special education teacher, Ms. Turner believes that all children have the ability to learn and it is an educator’s primary responsibility to ensure this happens by any means necessary. She strives to live by the mantra, “Be the change you expect to see in the world,” because she understands that true evolution begins with one’s self.
DeAndrea Fleming has more than 18 years of educational experience as a servant leader at every campus level. Fleming began her educational career as a classroom teacher before advancing to a Department Chair, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal and District Administration Specialist.
Fleming is an elected official on the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees Place 6 and a Regional Vice President for the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members for ESC Regions 9, 10, 11, and 14. Her personal agenda is to “Keep Children First” in every decision made. She believes deeply in the power of a great education by providing opportunities and the environment for students to thrive both academically and socially.
Yolanda Willis’ educational background consist of a BSW and MBA. She is currently contracted as a CDA PD Specialist and work as a Program Coordinator for a Texas Home Visiting Site in Dallas ISD. Yolanda has 14 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and her philosophy on education is that all children can learn providing the right environment and staff. Mrs. Willis has been a member of SW DC ABSE since 2013 which lead to her involvement with TABSE. She presides as the TABSE Affiliate Coordinator and an executive board member for SW DC ASBE.
Stephen Poole was raised in Dallas, Texas; specifically Oak Cliff, Texas, and is a product of Dallas ISD. After graduating in 1991, he studied at Texas Southern University and graduated with a B.A. in Public Affairs with a minor in Sociology. Passionate about youth, he continued his education and obtained his teacher certification, secured a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and has not looked back. He began his teaching career in Dallas ISD and has had the privilege of working in two additional large urban ISDs. He is presently a school administrator. In addition to working as an educator, Mr. Poole is a grass roots activist that works tirelessly to ensure that all youth are receiving the same academic opportunities in Dallas. He’s was instrumental in forming a committee that helped to drive the reopening of a neighborhood middle school (D. A. Hulcy), served on the 2008 Dallas ISD bond oversight committee, is a former executive board member for Dallas AFT (American Federation of Teachers), Participant in Leadership ISD, and stays fully engaged in the educational processes for students in the Dallas area.