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Nominee for Secretary 

Dr. Stacey Callaway has over 20 years of experience working in special education. She is currently a Behavior Specialist for Wylie ISD. Within the school system, Dr. Callaway has served as an in-home/parent trainer, Autism Specialist and PPCD teacher. Additionally she has worked as an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, teaching classes on education programming for students with autism and other special education courses. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with a Ph.D. in Special Education, with an emphasis on teacher preparation and students with autism spectrum disorders. She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally on topics related to teaching and supporting students with autism spectrum disorders.

The powers and duties of the secretary shall be:

1. To keep a careful record of the proceedings of each meeting of the Executive Board and the annual business meeting;

2. To carry on correspondence as necessary for the operation of the unit;

3. To assume custody of all records except those specifically assigned to others;

4. To keep accurate lists of the Executive Board and committee members;

5. To have available copies of the Constitution and Bylaws, and minutes of all
meetings of committees, assemblies, and conventions; and

6. To transfer all records to the new secretary at the time of installation.



Nominee for Treasurer

Dr. George Williams, Jris the Dean of Student Success and Assistant Professor of Education at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Dr. Williams’ research agenda is within the development of students with disabilities and the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse university students with disabilities in the post-secondary setting. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman University, master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a doctorate of philosophy degree, with distinction, from the University of New Mexico (UNM). 

Amongst many earned academic accomplishments, such as Teacher of the Year with the School District of Hillsborough County and presented with the Presidential Luminaria award for diversity, Dr. Williams has also served as a community trailblazer.  For example, he fulfilled positions as an international board member of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, the state president for the New Mexico Association on Higher Education And Disability (NM-AHEAD), and a school board member for the Las Puntas Charter School. Currently, Dr. Williams is completing two successful terms as treasurer of the Texas Council for Exceptional Children. 

The powers and duties of the treasurer shall be:

1. To serve as custodian of the funds of The Texas Council for Exceptional Children;

2. To pay out money for expenses approved by the Executive Board and on
authorization of the president;

3. To make an annual report of the financial status of the Texas Council for
Exceptional Children to the Executive Board and at the annual business meeting;

4. To prepare and submit an annual budget for approval by the Executive Board;

5. To submit record of all monies collected and expended to the accounting firm/bookkeeper for auditing; and

6. To transfer all monies and records to the new treasurer within 15 days after installation




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Agenda at a Glance

Thursday June 8th

7:30am -500pm  Registration Table Open

7:45-8:45 Breakfast Served

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote

10:00-10:30 Exhibitor Walk Through

10:45 – 11:30 Breakout Session One

11:30- 1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 1:45 Breakout Session Two

2:00 – 2:45 Breakout Session Three

3:00 -3:45 Breakout  Session Four

4:15 – 5:00 Poster Sessions

5:00 -6:00 Student Reception/Presidents Reception 

Friday June 9th

7:30-11:00 Registration Table Open

7:30-8:30  Breakfast

8:30-9:15 Break Out Session Five

9:30-10:15 Breakout Session Six

10:30-11:15  Legislative Update

11:30-12:30  Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting

12:30-1:00  Closing Remarks

1:00  Executive Board Meeting 

June 2017 
Join us for our 2017 TCEC Annual Conference!

This summer, we want you to "Build your Skill Set and Challenge your Mindset" during two days of:

Breakout Sessions
Legal Panel
Poster Sessions
Legislative Update
President's Reception
Student Chapter Presentations
Keynote Address by Dr. Heather Hughes


The TCEC Board of Directors Announce the nominees for the following Board Positions:

President-Elect (Posted 6/8/17)

The Nominee for President-Elect

Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D. Dr. Dennis Cavitt is currently the acting Vice-President for Texas CEC. He has worked in the field of Special Education for over 30 years.He received his B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Abilene Christian University,  a M. Ed. from Tarleton State University in Education Leadership, and and Ed.D. in Special Education from Texas Tech University. He currently teaches special education courses for Abilene Christian University’s Teacher Education Program. Prior to his time at ACU he was the Director of Special Education for Decatur ISD. He has also worked as an LSSP for both large and small school districts and the TDCJ School System. He also was an Education Consultant for Education Service Center in Fort Worth. He is currently the Chair of the RA Committee, the steering committee for National CEC. He is also a past President of Texas CEC. 

Vice-President: (Posted 5/23/17)

The powers and duties of the vice president shall be:
     1. To serve in the place of, and with the authority of, the president in case of
     absence or inability to serve by the president and president elect; and

2. To plan and coordinate the Texas Social at the annual conference of The
Council for Exceptional Children

Nominee for Vice President 

Kathleen L. Pfannenstiel. Ph.D., researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR), provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts with an emphasis on improving results for students with disabilities. Currently, she serves as the mathematics content specialist and lead of the mathematics cross-state learning collaborative for the National Center on Systemic Improvement (NCSI). She also assists in training and reviewing mathematics curriculum for an I3 development grant to support intensive interventions in mathematics for students with disabilities. For the Center for Collaboration for Effective Educator Development (CEEDAR), Dr. Pfannenstiel supports intensive states by assisting in the collaboration between state education agencies and institutes of higher education.


Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Pfannenstiel was an educational specialist in special education at the Region 13 Educational Service Center in Austin, TX and a project coordinator for three grants at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. At the university level, she currently serves as a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin and has served as an adjunct at Southwestern University and Texas State University. Prior to her work at the university level, Dr. Pfannenstiel taught in public schools, elementary – high school in Illinois and Texas.


Dr. Pfannenstiel earned a doctorate in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin; with an emphasis on learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She also has a master’s degree in Education Psychology from UT and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education high incidence disabilities from Northern Illinois University.



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