The Grades 4-12 Support Council serves as a critical thought leader for how we might better align and execute our collective efforts across grades 4-12 in Dallas County. The Council is comprised of 16 members, including representatives from five public school districts, two charter networks, two institutions of higher education, and the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. Council members focus on six indicators along the cradle-to-career continuum: 4th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math and Science, PSAT, SAT/ACT, and High School Graduation. The council has helped seed a postsecondary enrollment network, the Texas College Access Network of North Texas (TxCAN – NT), as well as two Early Math action networks in Grand Prairie ISD and DeSoto ISD, reaching over 8,900 students across 15 schools.
Rev. Gerald Britt
Dr. David J. Chard
Dr. Helena Mosely
Dr. Gabrielle Polk
Dr. Ann Smisko
Heather is currently serving as Secretary to Texas PTA following two terms as Parent Education Programming chair. She has served in a variety of positions at elementary, middle and high school as well as ISD Council and Regional PTAs. As an officer with Texas PTA, Heather plays a vital role as she has been appointed to several key leadership and governance committees. She is a Texas PTA life member and has received an extended service award. As a result of her leadership in Texas PTAs, she was also selected by National PTA to serve as a Field Service Committee member.
With a passion for parent education, Heather continues to travel the state presenting parenting courses, as well as professional development workshops for schools and other organizations. Heather holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Mohawk College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo. She and her husband live in Carrollton and have three children.
Chief of Secondary Education, Grand Prairie ISD
President and CEO, CitySquare
A high profile community leader for many years, Gerald has strong ties to the political, faith and business communities of Dallas. These connections will be valuable to CitySquare as it reaches deeper into South and East Dallas. Gerald most recently served as Senior Pastor for the New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, located in the heart of far South Dallas . During his 22 years there, he led the church in significant growth and organizational change. Through his work in the church and surrounding neighborhoods as well as years of leadership in Dallas Area Interfaith, Gerald has distinguished himself as one of Dallas’ most influential community leaders. He has been out front on many city issues, from advocating for better care for Parkland Hospital patients to increasing voter turnout in South Dallas, among others.
Director of Planning and Special Projects, Dallas ISD
Prior to her current role, Ashley was an Associate at Commit! where she focused on strategy and project management of all initiatives across grades 4-12. Ashley also taught 7th and 8th grade Spanish in Oak Cliff and spent summers developing new teachers at Teach For America’s Houston Institute.
Ashley graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with dual degrees in the Plan II and Business Honors programs and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012 with a Master’s in Education in Education Policy and Management.
Dr. Chard has been the principal investigator on numerous federal research projects including topics such as response to intervention (RTI), reading, reading comprehension instruction, and early childhood mathematics. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Oregon, he has been awarded state and federal research and training grants totaling over $10 million. David has published more than 90 articles, monographs, book chapters, and books on instructional interventions and modifications in mathematics, reading and expressive writing. He is a member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, the American Mathematical Association, a Past President for the Division for Research at the Council for Exceptional Children, and a member of numerous national and regional boards supporting high quality educational opportunities for all children. He is the author of numerous instructional programs on reading, early literacy intervention, language arts, and mathematics spanning K-12 education and has been a classroom teacher in California, Michigan, and in the U. S. Peace Corps in Lesotho in southern Africa.
Program Director, Teach for America – DFW
Chief Academic Officer, Uplift Education
Rich joined Uplift Education in the summer of 2011 to lead the Teaching and Learning Team. At Uplift, he oversees curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as the development of the instructional technology and data integration, network-wide performance management and goal setting, and manages the school directors at four school clusters: Pinnacle Preparatory in Oak Cliff (K-2), Hampton Preparatory (K-3; 6-12) in south Dallas, Infinity Preparatory (K-2; 6-7) and Laureate Preparatory (K-4; 6-7; 9). He brings a wealth of experience around school start up, leadership transformation, organizational culture, and academic systems, and looks to continue his learning and leadership at Uplift so that it can become an International Baccalaureate (IB) network serving over 13,000 scholars in the region.
Vice President, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Ms. Kieker received a Bachelors of Science degree from McNeese State University and a Master of Science from Stephen F. Austin University. She has completed doctoral work through the University of North Texas.
Ms. Kieker is actively involved in many educational and civic organizations and has received several honors and awards including the Outstanding Woman of Today from Richardson Altrusa.
Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Student Services, Lancaster ISD
She received her Bachelor of Applied Arts, Masters in Counseling, Masters in Special Education, and Doctoral in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Multicultural Diversity all from Lamar University. She holds several Texas education certifications including: Superintendent, Principal, Counseling, Diagnostician and others.
Dr. Polk’s leadership spills over into her social and civic duty. She currently holds or has held positions on both state and regional levels including: Recording Secretary, BAABSE; Treasurer, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators; 1st Vice President Zeta Phi Beta graduate chapter; Regional Nominating Committee – Zeta Phi Beta Southern Region (Louisiana and Texas); Vice President of Public Relations – Young Women’s Department – Eastern Progressive District Association; and Board of Directors of Angela’s Outreach. She also served on the senior usher board at Antioch MBC, under the leadership of Dr. John R. Adolph.
A native of Houston, Dr. Polk is the proud mother of two children, Everette and Autumn. In her spare time, Dr. Polk enjoys traveling with her fiancé, LaVelle.
DFW Director, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity – STEM Equity Pipeline
Tegwin has a history of building programs, enterprises, and partnerships where none existed before, including the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Technology Education Council and the Regional Workforce Leadership Council. Tegwin has served on more than 35 community boards and chaired 10 nonprofit organizations, ranging from the Texas Engineering and Technology Consortium to the Women’s Center to the TWU Board of Regents.
Recently Tegwin retired from TI where she was vice president responsible for workforce development and diversity. She continues to provide consulting for both businesses and educational institutions, including recently serving as Executive Director of High-Tech High Heels, a program to encourage and prepare girls to pursue technology-related degrees.
Tegwin now dedicates most of her time to NAPE as Texas Director of the STEM Equity Pipeline™. She is responsible for bringing top-level leadership to the NAPE board and Business Alliance Council. With a collaborative spirit and strategic approach, she supported the successful development and deployment of NAPE’s Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student© training, NAPE’s STEM Equity Career workshops and the High-Tech High Heels Physics Camp for girls. Her work helped hurdle NAPE forward in its mission, enabling NAPE to reach more than 700 educators in Texas in 18 months.
Diversity remains Tegwin’s top priority in both her vocation and avocation. Throughout her career, she has mentored, coached, and sponsored many women and men in STEM and continues to do so. Currently, she serves on 10 boards and advisory boards including the American Institute for Diversity and Commerce and the McDonald Observatory and Leadership Women. Congratulations to Tegwin Pulley for embracing Diversity in Technology Leadership.
Prior to joining Texas Instruments, Stampley worked for 15 years at Bank of America (BAC) as a Community Relations Senior Vice President where she managed Philanthropic, Community Development and Associate Volunteer Programs for the 20,000+ BAC employees in the North Texas Region. As a member of the Local Market Delivery Team, she focused on individuals and communities that often lack access to resources by providing support in the areas of Education, Workforce Development, Affordable Housing, Health & Human Services and the Arts. At Bank of America, Stampley oversaw $3MM+ in charitable giving annually.
Stampley is an active member of the community and plays a key role in the support of numerous organizations including St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Parkland Hospital and CitySquare. She is a board member of Big Thought, Commit! and Teach for America. She also serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber Education Advisory Committee, the United Way Education Advisory Council and the TREC CDFI Advisory Council. She is a former member of the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee and was the 2008 Fund Development Chair of The Real Estate Council Foundation. Stampley is a graduate of Leadership Dallas (Class of 2004) and was the 2008 Chair of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Board. From 2008 – 2012 Stampley served as the Management Advisor for Bank of America Community Volunteers, a team that grew from averaging 30,000 volunteer hours annually in 2007 to averaging over 100,000 hours of community service annually from 2008 – 2012.
In 2010 Stampley received the Leadership Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award. The award emphasizes the importance of active involvement in the Greater Dallas region and serves to encourage and provide a role model for others. In 2005, Stampley received the “She Knows Where She’s Going Award” from Girls Inc.-Dallas, presented to women who have overcome obstacles and become a role model to young women.
Stampley is a graduate of the Washington University St. Louis School of Fine Art where she majored in both Advertising Design and Illustration.
Stampley and her husband Samuel reside in McKinney, TX and are the proud parents of five children – Charmaine – 22, Amen Ra -22, Coleman – 20, Samuel III – 18 and Khaila -17.