Dr. Kwabena Mensah

Dr. Kwabena Mensah is currently serving as an Assistant Superintendent in Fort Bend ISD where he supervises 16 elementary schools. Dr. Mensah received his M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. In 2013, he completed his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

Dr. Mensah has been recognized as a leading transformational educator in Texas. Mensah has received multiple awards for his work transforming schools, increasing student achievement, and building robust school cultures. Recently, he was honored as Katy ISD Principal of the Year, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) Principal of the Year, and Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) National Distinguished Principal Finalist. Additionally, his campus was named a TABSE Demonstration School and honored by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Tory Hill

Dr. Tory C. Hill 
Immediate-Past President

Dr. Tory Hill is the Sweeny ISD Superintendent of Schools. He is an educational leader who is passionate about creating personalized learning experiences that empower students to create their future.

Prior to Sweeny, Dr. Hill served as an Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support for Katy ISD. In this role, he supported campuses in providing unparalleled learning experiences for each student through the use of engaging strategies and technology integration. Dr. Hill returned to Katy ISD from Clear Creek ISD where he served as the Executive Director for Professional Learning. While in Katy, Dr. Hill served as the principal of Mayde Creek Junior High, assistant principal and instructional principal at Cinco Ranch High School, and teacher at Mayde Creek Junior High. He also taught high school social studies in both Georgia and Florida.

Dr. Hill holds a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. He also received a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southern University.

Julia Andrews 

Julia Andrews is the director for the Center for Safe and Secure Schools at Harris County Department of Education. Julia has been in the education field for seventeen years as an elementary classroom teacher, middle school classroom teacher and a middle school assistant principal.

Julia received her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa majoring in Elementary/Middle Level Education and a Master’s Degree from Prairie View University majoring in Education Administration and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. Julia is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators where she serves on the executive board and serves on the state conference planning committee for the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. Julia has been selected as a Teacher of the Year Nominee three years in a row for her work in Houston ISD and honored as a Top 40 Under 40 Educator in Houston.

Julia enjoys volunteering in the Houston community, working out and spoiling her dog, Carter.

LaTasha Bishop
Recording Secretary

LaTasha Bishop is a kindergarten educator in Katy Independent School District. In just her second year of teaching she became her school's 2016 HAABSE teacher of the year. Ms. Bishop was a finalist and 2nd runner up for overall elementary schools in the Houston area. She is a graduate from Nicholl State University where she was a student athlete. Ms. Bishop has two siblings and her parents still reside in her native city of San Antonio. In her leisure time you can find Ms. Bishop still in her classroom preparing creative activities/lessons/environments. In addition, she is a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan.

Ashley Johnson
Corresponding Secretary

Ashley Johnson currently serves as elementary assistant principal in Klein ISD. Her journey as an educator started off as a student at the University of Houston earning her Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2007. Later, she received her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University in 2014. Ms. Johnson has been in the education field with multiple titles including educational aid, teacher, ESL Coordinator, Instructional Specialist, and administrator. She has also won awards for her leadership efforts including ESL Teacher of the Year in 2014 and most recently, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Assistant Principal of the Year in 2018. In addition to being a dedicated HAABSE member, Ms. Johnson is also a member of TABSE and has a chairman role on the state conference planning committee.

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Dr. Beverly Dancer 
Financial Secretary

Dr. Beverly Rivers Dancer is a NABSE Life Member and served on NABSE’s Board of Directors for four years representing the Local School Administration Commission and serving as National Membership Chair. She is a Charter Member and Past President of the Jefferson ABSE. Dr. Dancer has served HAABSE as Corresponding secretary, Standing Committee Chairperson, Network-Marketing Chairperson, and Chairperson of the Silent Auction for the Teacher of the Year Recognition Ceremony. She specializes in Special Education and is an experienced Teacher, Assistant Principal, Title 1 Coordinator, and Principal. Dr. Dancer has conducted several professional development workshops for NABSE, HAABSE and TABSE as well as being very active in recruitment and retention of HAABSE members. Dr. Dancer is currently employed by Houston ISD.

Dr. Beverly Dancer is an active member of the  Houston NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Texas Southern University Alumni Association, and the Who Dat Nation of Houston Social & Pleasure Club.

Shaughn Thomas 

Shaughn Thomas currently serves a middle school teacher in Fort Bend ISD.
He received his Sales & Marketing Degree at Xavier University of Louisiana
and his MBA at Texas Southern University. His journey as an educator began
in 2013 and he has been on a mission to transform the way content is
delivered to students.

Mr. Thomas has been recognized for his innovation in the classroom.  Mr. Thomas has received numerous awards for his work with his students as well as in the community.  He has been honored with the 2019 Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award, 2018 Fort Bend ISD District Teacher of the Year, 2018 Region 4 Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2018 Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2018 National Alliance of Black School Educators “Mary McLeod Outstanding Teacher Award, and has also been featured on ABC 13 and Houston Chronicle.


Jerrell Purvis, Jr. 

Jerrell Purvis, Jr is a native of Houston, Texas. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas Southern University and a Master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University. As an employee of North Forest ISD for over thirty years he has been a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal. He retired from NFISD and is currently an advisor at Houston Can Academy Hobby.

William Ealy 

William Ealy is a Math Specialist at Meadows Elementary in Fort Bend ISD. Self-driven and motivated with 13 years of experience as an educator. William is a passionate, professional Math Specialist that strives to always increase student performance through data driven instruction. His path into education began at the University of Central Arkansas earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

Mr. Ealy has been in education serving in positions ranging from teacher, varsity basketball coach, Math Instructional Specialist, curriculum writer, professional development facilitator, campus testing coordinator, mentor teacher, and administrator. He has won several awards in education including Top 40 Under 40 for Houston Educators and 2008 Teacher of Year for Hempstead ISD.

While being a dedicated member of HAABSE, Mr. Ealy also is a member of TABSE and serves as the Committee Chairman for Men on a Mission. William is currently working on his Master's Degree from Texas Southern University in Education Administration and Supervision.

Dr. Brenda Emanuel-Dearmon 

Dr. Brenda Emanuel-Dearmon has been in education for 35 years. She served nine years as a classroom teacher, five years as an instructional facilitator, eleven years as a campus administrator, and ten years as a central office administrator in the Sheldon Independent School District located in Houston, Texas. She is currently the Director of Federal Programs & Grants in Sheldon ISD. 

Dr. Dearmon received her baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the University of Houston main campus. While attending the University of Houston, she also obtained certifications in supervision, mid-management, and early childhood education. She completed her Superintendent Certification at Stephen F. Austin University and her doctoral degree at Lamar University. 

Dr. Dearmon is committed to establishing programs that help to create a stronger school culture for teaching and learning while improving student academic performance. When she is away from her duties in Sheldon ISD, she enjoys reading, traveling, and just spending quality time with family, her husband, her three children, and her granddaughter. 

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Cameron C. Wells, Jr.
Historian Emeritus

Mr. Wells is an original HAABSE member and TABSE Founder. He is a retired Houston ISD ROTC instructor and administrator. Mr. Wells and his wife, Ernestine, a retired Houston ISD Counselor, have provided tremendous service to HAABSE, TABSE, and NABSE for over three decades.  

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