Texas: Governor Abbott Appoints Six To Continuing Advisory Committee For Special Education

~ Governor Greg Abbott has announced the reappointment of Aaron Bangor, Ph.D. and Marissa Esquivel, as well as the appointment of Tara Pittman Cevallos, Kevin Markel, and Juana "Janie" Melendez to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education in Texas. Additionally, Adrian Guerra, D.M.A. was appointed for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025.

The Committee provides policy guidance on special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas. Aaron Bangor of Austin is senior lead - user experience researcher at AT&T and vice chair of the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education. He is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, chair of Disability:IN Central Texas, has served as a technical and policy expert for accessibility and disability issues with the Federal Communications Commission and Council of State Governments, and is active in national and international standards. Bangor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Virginia Tech, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is board certified as both a human factors professional and an accessibility professional.

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Marissa Esquivel from Beeville is the director of special education programs at St. Mary's Academy Charter School. She is a member of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education and the Council of Exceptional Children with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from The University of Texas at Brownsville as well as a Master of Special Education from The University of Texas Permian Basin currently pursuing diagnostician certification.

Tara Pittman Cevallos from Austin is principal at St. Austin Catholic School with memberships to Academic Language Therapy Association, International Multisensory Structured Language Education Center, Diocesan School Advisory Board Finance Chair for Dyslexia Center Austin under her belt along with her Bachelor's degree in Science from The University Of Texas At Austin , Master's degree in Arts from Midwestern University , certificate in school leadership from Creighton University .

Kevin Markel hails from Crowley where he works as transition program specialist for the Texas Workforce Commission with his Bachelor's degree in Science from Oral Roberts University , Master's degree in Science from University Of North Texas .

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Juana "Janie" Melendez hails from Hidalgo where she works as teacher for Valley View Independent School District (ISD) Pharr . She is part Association Of Texas Professional Educators , McAllen Evening Rotary , treasurer Objective Watchers Of The Legal System . Melendez holds Bachelor's degree In Criminal Justice , Master's degree In Criminal Justice , Master's Public Administration all three degrees are obtained From The University Of Texas–Pan American .

Adrian Guerra DMA hails Roma where he works special education director Roma ISD since 1997 he has served federal programs director , performing arts director , choir director . He is part American Association Of School Administrators , board member Starr County Hospital District Minister Music Our Lady Refuge Catholic Church Roma . Guerra holds Bachelor's Arts Music Education , Master's Education Administration both degrees obtained From The University Of Texas–Pan American Doctor Musical Arts Music Education Boston University .

The appointments are set to expire on February 1st 2027 except Adrian Guerra whose term will end on February 1st 2025

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