TSUN Newsletter January, 2019

Here we are. The Christmas break is over, the second semester has started, and we are well on our way to the end of the school year. It's hard to believe that it's already 2019!

Powerschool Academic Advisory Board

PowerSchool’s Academic Advisors exist to add value, talk, explore, offer insights, and learn together to produce meaningful results and impact in the K-12 industry. The advisors work cooperatively with the Corporate Strategy senior leadership team and executive leaders throughout PowerSchool to share their K-12 expert knowledge within their academic discipline. They advise, assist, support, and advocate for PowerSchool solutions and provide thought leadership, marketing, product roadmap, and sales support that will better the future of both the company and K-12 education.

Powerschool Academic Advisory Board - Texas Representatives

Melva V. Cárdenas, Strategic Education Advisor

A 33-year veteran educator and HR leader, Melva Cárdenas held roles as a teacher, principal, and HR executive director in Midland and Round Rock Independent School Districts, both in Texas, and currently serves as a field supervisor for an educator certification program and a strategic education advisor at TalentEd.

Since retiring from the public schools in 2008, she served as director of educator certification at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and executive director for the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA).

Melva earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a Master of Education in school administration from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She holds Texas educator certificates in elementary grades 1-8 with Bilingual and English as a Second Language endorsement and mid-management administrator, and is a certified T-TESS appraiser and trainer.

Dr. Richard Middleton, Academic Advisory Board Member

Dr. Richard Middleton has served as Regional Vice President of the Southwest Region of The College Board from 2011 to 2016. He served as Superintendent of the North East ISD from 1990 to 2011, leading the district to develop the award-winning comprehensive Wellness and Environments Heath. His honors include 2011 State Superintendent of the Year for Texas (AASA) and the Texas Health Champion Award from the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas and Live Smart Texas. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He served on the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

TSUN 2019 Conference Update

The officers met in Arlington to begin getting things in order. The hotel has undergone some renovations, and looks amazing!

Speaking of the TSUN 2019 conference -

It's happening from April 7th to the 10th 2019 at the Sheraton in Arlington.

Because we know things change, we want to give you a chance to again suggest the sessions you want to see AND give you a chance to tell us what sessions YOU want to lead.

Please use the questionnaire at the bottom of the newsletter to let us know your thoughts.


Finally - a HUGE apology. The last newsletter went out, but it was only sent out to the people registered to the TSUN General group instead of all three groups. So from here on out it will go out to all three groups. That may mean you get multiple copies. If you do, let me know. I'll see if there's a way to fix that issue.

Thank you for being patient with us!


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