Who We Are

The Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE), an Austin-based satellite office of the Region 18 Education Service Center, provides leadership and technical assistance across Texas to improve educator effectiveness. Over the last decade, TxCEE has received three Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grants; a Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Grant; an Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) Grant; and a National Professional Development (NPD) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling more than $180 million. The statewide projects have supported TxCEE’s mission of equipping educators to improve student achievement by aligning district resources and increasing educator effectiveness through educator training, coaching, and instructional support.

Texas Center for Educator Excellence staff consists of Texas educators with decades of experience as teachers, teacher leaders, campus and district administrators, state education officials, and higher education professionals. Our team is passionate about helping Texas school districts develop and implement systems that support teachers and principals.

TxCEE Leadership Team

Joann Taylor

Chief TxCEE Officer

A portrait of Jeanifer Caldwell

Jeanifer Caldwell

Director of School
Training & Support

A portrait of Trish Jarrott

Trish Jarrott

Director of
HCMS Strategies

Jessica Sievert Navarro

Director of

TxCEE Staff

Lauren Anshutz

PBCS Coordinator

Ruth Blackwell

Business Operations

John Dees

Leadership Training & Support Specialist

Rick Garner

Leadership Training
& Support Specialist

Anabel Garza

Leadership Training
& Support Specialist

Elijah Kanellakis

Help Desk Analyst

Patsy Lockett

Business Operations

Daniel Moses

Data Project Manager for Data Management System

Claude Pardue

Project Manager for Data Management System

Dana Phillips

Instructional Training
& Support Specialist

Tammy Phuong

Instructional Training
& Support Specialist

Greg Rodriguez

Instructional Training
& Support Specialist

Bryan Sanchez

Instructional Training
& Support Specialis

Megan Tesano

Instructional Training
& Support Specialist

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