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

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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

A portrait of Jessica Sievert Navarro

Jessica Sievert Navarro

Director of Partnerships

TxCEE Staff

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Lauren Anshutz

PBCS Coordinator

A portrait of Ruth Blackwell

Ruth Blackwell

Business Operations

A portrait of Patsy Charles

Patsy Charles

Business Operations

A portrait of John Dees

John Dees

Leadership Training
& Support Specialist

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Rick Garner

Leadership Training
& Support Specialist

A portrait of Elijah Kanellakis

Elijah Kanellakis

Help Desk Analyst

A portrait of Daniel Moses

Daniel Moses

Data Project Manager for
Data Management System

A portrait of Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Project Manager for
Data Management System

A portrait of Bryan Sanchez

Bryan Sanchez

Project Coordinator
& Support Specialist

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