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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Little Elm ISD Counselor Picked for Texas OnCourse Leader Fellowship

Elizabeth Reed LR, Counselor at Zellars Alternative Campus

Texas OnCourse, an initiative empowering Texas students to succeed in high school, college and career, announced the selection of 29 counselors and advisers from across the state to a two-year Leader Fellowship. Elizabeth Reed, counselor at the Zellars Alternative campus, was one selected to serve in her expertise of cluster, pathways, and endorsements. 


"This will be my area of focus as I help support other counselors," said Reed. The ultimate goal of Leader Fellowship is to create a one-stop shop for all House Bill 5 information. We want to get information out to students and parents so they can start early, before they enter high school, to consider cluster and career pathways."


The inaugural group of Fellows, representing all 20 education regions throughout Texas, are recognized as leaders in the college and career advising field. TXOC Leader Fellows will boost state efforts toward college and career success by connecting educators, parents and students to Texas OnCourse resources, supporting professional growth and learning and constantly improving state tools for college and career preparedness. 


"We want our parents and students to be prepared early. In the past, parents and students were learning House Bill 5 language as they were entering 9th grade and that was too much for them to take in all at once. With the development of these resources, and by supporting our fellow counselors, we will do a better job reaching parents and students with this information at the beginning of the 8th grade year so they will be better prepared as they enter high school," said Reed.


“These Leader Fellows were selected from a talented group of more than 230 applicants. They represent some of the most dedicated and passionate education professionals in our state,” said Harrison Keller, Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy at UT Austin. “They are already changing the lives of their students and, as a Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow, they will help transform education in Texas.” 


The 2017 TXOC Leader Fellows are: 

Celina Barrera-Scott, Brownsville ISD 

Kathryn Belcher, Beeville ISD 

Carrie Alease Copelin, Center ISD 

Debra Creel, Conroe ISD 

Sonya Gilb, Dallas ISD 

Travita Godfrey, Goose Creek CISD 

Amy Hagerman, Plainview ISD 

Cathy Havins, Fort Stockton ISD 

Mollie M. Huber, Van Vleck ISD 

Shana Jackson, Northwest ISD 

Sharon Jones, Brenham ISD 

Calvin Jordan, Irving ISD 

Scotta Knight, Shallowater ISD 

Belinda Lytle, Haskell CISD 

Blanca Lafuente-Martinez, Brownwood ISD 

Holly Moore, Grand Prairie ISD 

Anita Morales, Salado ISD 

Nicole Morales, Canutillo ISD 

Natalie Nylen, Clear Creek ISD 

Stephanie Perez-Gill, 

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep of Houston 

Jenifer L. Price, Hyde Park Schools 

Carrie Proctor, Meridian School 

Elizabeth Reed, Little Elm ISD 

Leticia Santos, Southside ISD 

Chansi Shope, Grapevine Colleyville ISD 

Diane Silver, Vidor ISD 

Michelle Snyder, Austin ISD 

Kathy Stringfellow, Pewitt CISD 

Darlene Walker, Canadian ISD 


The Fellows will support the work of Texas OnCourse, a groundbreaking initiative to improve college and career advising. Texas OnCourse is developed by The University of Texas at Austin in partnership with other institutions of higher education, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Texas OnCourse offers free, interactive resources to support counselors, advisers and educators and help families and students make informed choices. These resources contribute to schools and districts efforts toward meeting the requirements of Texas HB 5, which revised state graduation requirements. Texas OnCourse is free to the public and can be found online at www.texasoncourse.org.

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