Robin D. Johnson has been in education for over 20 years. She taught 1st grade in Dallas ISD, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in Mesquite ISD, and was the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator in the areas of Literacy and Social Studies for Lovejoy ISD. After earning her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University – Commerce, she answered a call to work with pre-service teachers at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, where she teaches early childhood courses and undergraduate students in their field-based semester. She is a Gold level Abydos literacy facilitator and the author of Time to Write. She also enjoys consulting in districts across the state.
Laurie A. Sharp Laurie Sharp is currently the Dr. John G. O'Brien Distinguished Chair in Education in the College of Education and Social Sciences at West Texas A&M University. Prior to being in higher education, Laurie taught in public schools in Florida and Texas. Laurie is an active member in numerous professional organizations and special interest groups, including the International Literacy Association, Specialized Literacy Professionals, Texas Association for Literacy Education, Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education, and Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Laurie has received several honors for teaching and maintains an active scholarly agenda where she publishes and presents through numerous local, regional, state, and national venues on topics related to education and literacy.
Brad Womack lives in Amarillo, Texas where he just completed his twentieth year in education. Currently, he works with several different student groups at Palo Duro High School. He teaches ESL Reading I, Sheltered English III, and serves as the ESL Department Chair. He also teaches night classes at his school’s FLEX program which includes English I,II, III, and IV as well as Speech and other electives. In prior years, he has taught kindergarten, first grade, Reading Recovery, fourth grade, and ESL intervention. Brad is a Silver level Abydos writing trainer for his district and has also conducted writing institutes and ESL strategy workshops across the state. In addition, he presents professional development sessions for his district’s campuses and collaborates with teachers throughout the year. This spring at the Abydos Conference he received the Sue German Award, which is the highest award given. Also, Brad has been named his campus teacher of the year twice, as well as a finalist for Elementary Teacher of the Year for Amarillo ISD. He loves building relationships with his students from all over the world and learning about their cultures. Brad and his wife Suzy (who is also a teacher) have two grown children, Garrett and Hillary, and two fur babies, Teddy and Okie.
Executive Secretary 2016-2018
Micheal Kessner is currently an Instructional Specialist at McDonald Middle School in Mesquite. She began her career in education while still in high school, working in Informal Science through the Education Department at The Science Place (now Perot Museum) in Dallas. Over the last 19 years, she has taught 3rd through 6th grades in Garland and Mesquite ISDs, has been the K-5 Elementary Science Specialist for Lovejoy ISD, has been an Instructional Specialist, working with 7th & 8th grade students and teachers, in Mesquite ISD, has written curriculum for various grade levels and contents, has led campus Professional Development, and has presented at the campus, state, national, and international levels. She received Apple Corps in Mesquite ISD, received Recognition of Merit in the 2008-2009 Phi Delta Kappa International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, was named an Outstanding Young Texan by the Texas Jaycees, and has earned numerous awards as a Girl Scout volunteer. She is a member of many associations, and has been a part of the TALE Membership committee for the last two years.
Past Exectuative Secretary 2014-2016
Jill Culmo is currently a Coordinator for Instructional Support in the Early Learning Department of Dallas ISD. She began her career in education twenty years ago and has taught first through fifth grades in Garland ISD and Mesquite ISD. Dr. Culmo was also an early literacy instructional specialist, curriculum writer, and professional development writer and trainer. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Eastfield College and Texas A&M University--Commerce. Dr. Culmo has received several grants, is active in several literacy organizations, and often presents locally and at the state and international levels. Her research interests include motivation to read, early literacy, and comprehension.
Past Treasurer 2014-2016