Meet the 2019-2020 TAASPYC Board
Dana Biddy, President
I began my career in education as a prekindergarten teacher in Austin ISD. I have served as an elementary assistant principal and principal in Clear Creek ISD and currently serves as the Coordinator for Early Childhood Education in Clear Creek ISD. I have a BS in Child Development, a MA in Early Childhood Education and a MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Sylina Valdez, Past President
I am a Manager in the Early Childhood Division at the Texas Education Agency. Prior to this role, I worked in Austin ISD as an Administrative Supervisor of Early Childhood. I have been in education for 18 years and have taught prekindergarten and kindergarten. I also had the opportunity to serve as an Instructional Coach at an early childhood campus in Austin ISD. Although I miss the daily interactions with children and teachers, I enjoy supporting early childhood programs across the state of Texas. I could say my career started at around age 7 when I would make my little brother play school with me. Since I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher and I attribute that to having had positive experiences in school at an early age. I am a product of Head Start prekindergarten and am forever grateful for the wonderful foundation it instilled in me. My husband, Rich, and I have been married for 11 years and we enjoy trying out new places in and around the beautiful city of Austin.
Ami Cortez, President Elect
Karime Terrazas, Treasurer
Noemi Orellana, Secretary
Leigh Anne McNeese, Media Chair
Michelle Martin, Communications Chair
After four years in the corporate world, I answered my calling and became a Kindergarten teacher. I’ve taught Kinder and Pre-K in Irving ISD for the last 15 years – the best 15 years of my life! I am currently the Pre-K Academic Specialist for Irving ISD working with all three of our EC campuses.
I am the Assistant Principal at Weatherford Elementary a PreK-5th grade school in Plano, Texas. Before becoming an administrator, I served as a PPCD teacher and Instructional Coach. My mission is to always do was is best for kids!
I received my Bachelor’s of Education with a major in Special Education from Baylor University and Master’s in Educational Psychology/Special Education from the University of Houston.
My career started as a PPCD teacher in Pasadena ISD where I also worked as a teacher for students with significant behavioral and academic challenges. I then became an Educational Diagnostician and worked in Clear Creek ISD, Cy Fair ISD, and Tomball ISD. While in Tomball, I became a program specialist and oversaw all special education assessments, RtI, portions of 504, resource/ICS teachers, and was the i-Ready and eSped Coordinator for the district before serving as a Diagnostician Coordinator in Spring ISD. I am currently an Instructional Officer for PPCD, LIFE Skills, and TIP in Katy ISd and serves on The Arc of Katy Board of Directors.