Administrative Professionals Conference

Image of Administrative Professionals Conference Ad. Hosted February 2nd, 2023.


Administrative Professionals wear many different hats in a district, from board elections and policy to service records and personnel issues. This is your opportunity to brush up on your skills, learn the basics, and network with colleagues!

This day of learning will provide timely topics related to the daily responsibilities of Administrative Professionals located in school administrative and/or human resources. Whether you are new to the position or a tenured pro, every attendee will leave with new knowledge to elevate their role!

Location: Oak Room at Region 7 ESC, 1909 N Longview St, Kilgore, TX 75662


Workshop Sessions Include:

Winning at Work (KEYNOTE)

with LeeAnn Kirkindoll, Speaker, Bible Teacher, Author


The Influence of Administrative Professionals on a School's Success

with Dr. Dawn Harris, Gilmer ISD Assistant Superintendent

Progress monitoring for school districts consists of state accountability, federal accountability, financial ratings, and of course the vocal parent’s opinion on social media.  The leaders in a school district who are responsible for the results are vital; however, the most significant unsung heroes are the administrative assistants.  This interactive session will give you the opportunity to internalize and celebrate the influence you have on a school’s success.


Legal Issues Related to Administrative Professionals

with Blaire Craven, Associate at KBS Law Group


Confidentiality & All Things Board Related

with Dr. Drew Howard, Field Service Agent, Region 7 ESC

Leadership matters. Research tells us that there are specific behaviors school boards can take that impact the outcomes of students, but before these behaviors can impact student outcomes governance teams (school boards and superintendents) must maintain teamwork and synergy. Sustaining the teamwork and synergy needed to impact student outcomes, many times, falls on those behind the scenes. You are the one maintaining integrity through confidentiality, purposeful planning, and methodical preparation. Integrity lays the foundation for a vision to be built, preventative maintenance to occur, and agility to be sustained in an unknown future. 


Q&A Panel "Questions You Want to Ask Your Boss"

with Todd Schneider, Executive Director (former Superintendent, Martins Mill & Bullard ISD)

Jim Moore, Chief Administrative Officer (former Superintendent, Wells ISD)

Dr. Jennifer Jones, Chief Academic Officer (former Superintendent, Fruitvale ISD)

Dr. Michael Davis, Field Service Agent (former Superintendent, Cushing ISD)

Dennis Glenn, Field Service Agent (former Superintendent, Harmony ISD)

Dr. Dawn Harris, Assistant Superintendent, Gilmer ISD (current)

What questions do you have about your work for the superintendent, but you know you will never ask? Attendees will have a chance to hear from a panel of seasoned superintendents. Take the chance to ask them questions, hear their candid answers, and gain insight into successful work relationships with your boss, other administration staff, and your board.




LeeAnn Kirkindoll – Speaker, Bible Teacher, Author

LeeAnn Kirkindoll is a leader, communicator and author whose desire is to encourage others to reflect the light of Christ in their everyday lives. She is a nationally recognized children’s room muralist featured in Better Homes and Gardens KIDS ROOM Magazine who also served as the Director of Women’s Ministry for the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church in the DFW area.  Currently, LeeAnn is a business owner in Tyler, TX and also speaks in various cities across the country where she has been blessed to be a part of training, empowering and shepherding groups for over 25 years.  She has been featured in DVD teaching curriculums and has enjoyed taking part in radio interviews, podcasts and women’s conferences/retreats throughout her professional tenure.  LeeAnn and her husband Gary have 4 beautiful grown children, two amazing son-in-laws, a darling daughter-in law and 9 PRECIOUS grandchildren to date.  Her book 24K Life can be purchased at and through Amazon.


Dr. Dawn Harris – Gilmer ISD Assistant Superintendent

Dawn Harris has been an educator for 28 years and has served Gilmer ISD for the past 21 years in various roles (assistant principal, principal, director, and currently assistant superintendent). Dawn holds a BSE from the University of Central Arkansas, MEd from TAMU-Texarkana, and an EdD from TAMU-Commerce.  She loves to call the Hogs for any Arkansas sporting event, eat a good street taco, and volunteer with her sidekick, Henry, as a Certified Canine Therapy Team with Silver Paws.


Blaire Craven – Associate, KBS Law Group

Mrs. Craven is a native of East Texas having grown up in Lufkin. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Political Communications degree, where she also worked during the 82nd Legislative Session for Representative Jim Pitts. She graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2014 where she served as the Managing Editor of the Construction Law Journal and a law clerk for a local Houston firm. She graduated Cum Laude and received the CALI award for excellence in Education Law and American Legal History.. Blaire joined the firm in the fall of 2014 as an associate in the Houston office. She relocated to the Nacogdoches office in January 2017, returning to her roots to reside in Lufkin with her husband, Matthew.


Dr. Drew Howard – Field Service Agent, Region 7 ESC

Dr. Howard has served in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in both small and mid-size schools, and as the associate commissioner of school governance for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). He has now trained over 100 school boards with the sole mission to support the implementation of research-based behaviors to improve student outcomes. Dr. Howard is committed to providing a mindset shift from the common pretending that school boards need training to the new mindset that school boards need coaching because it has been shown that consistent governance coaching makes the difference in sustaining effective school board behaviors.

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