2021-22 Members of the Board
Dr. Judy A. Abbott, chair
Dr. Judy A. Abbott was named professor and dean of the James I. Perkins College of Education at SFA and joined the faculty Aug. 1, 2010. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and a doctoral degree in philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.
Abbott has served on the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is continuing her leadership as chair of the chamber's education committee. As chair, she coordinates the Leaders of Tomorrow initiative, a nine-month leadership program for eighth-grade students selected from both the city and county middle schools. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches Inc., and she is involved in promoting the city of Nacogdoches as an important Texas treasure.
Contact. Dr. Abbott
Dean of the Perkins College of Education
Dr. Christina Sinclair
Dr. Christina Sinclair is the interim chair of education studies as well as the associate dean of assessment and accountability in the James I. Perkins College of Education. Sinclair came to SFA from the University of Northern Colorado where she was a physical education teacher education faculty member for 12 years in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. She joined SFA as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science from 2013 to 2017.
Sinclair's research and scholarship has resulted in several books, book chapters, and many peer-reviewed articles related to effective physical education teacher education and recess physical activity. She began her work as an associate dean in 2017. Sinclair provides oversight of data collection and management for the Perkins College of Education and SFA educator preparation as a means to support programs achieving and maintaining state and/or national accreditations. Sinclair earned a BS in kinesiology from The University of Texas at San Antonio, an MEd In administration from Sul Ross State University, and a doctoral degree in health and physical education curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico
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Interim Chair of the Department of Education Studies
Dr. Adam Akerson
Dr. Adam Akerson earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and then moved to Texas to begin a teaching career in San Antonio.
After spending a number of years teaching primary grades while earning a Master of Education in teacher leadership, he received a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education from the University of Houston.
In 2011, Akerson accepted a faculty position in the Department of Education Studies at SFA. He serves as the program coordinator of EC-6 education and coordinates field experience opportunities for preservice teachers at the SFA Charter School.
Some of his research interests are mentoring, teacher preparation and mathematics education. Additionally, Akerson serves on several department, college and university committees.
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Coordinator for Education Studies
Natalie Cardenas has been a classroom teacher, a math and reading interventionist, and an instructional coach. She has a bachelor’s degree from SFA and a master’s degree in math curriculum from the University of Texas at Arlington. Natalie currently serves as the academic coordinator at the SFA Charter School in Nacogdoches. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Teacher Representative, SFA Charter School
Javier Rubio earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in professional accountancy from SFA in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He began a career in community banking with Commercial Bank of Texas in 2011, serving in a number of roles, and is a commercial and mortgage lender with CBTx.
Rubio serves on the boards for Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches County and Nacogdoches Boys Youth Baseball Association. He is the proud father of three children, one a graduate of the SFA Charter School and two are enrolled in SFA Charter School.
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Weldon T. Beard holds a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in management from SFA, and he completed the Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program at UCLA Graduate School of Management. He also earned a Texas Child Care Director Certification in 2008.
Since 2005, Beard has served as director of GETCAP Head Start, which has 12 locations in five counties.
He also serves as board president for the Texas Head Start Association and board treasurer for the Region IV Head Start Association, which represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
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Archived agendas and minutes
- Oct. 20, 2021
- July 30, 2021
- April 30, 2021
- April 21, 2021
- March 17, 2021
- Jan. 20, 2021
- Oct. 21, 2020
- July 15, 2020
- May 15, 2020
- April 15, 2020
- Jan. 22, 2020
- Oct. 16, 2019
- July 24, 2019
- July 17, 2019
- May 16, 2019
- April 17, 2019
- Jan. 23, 2019
- Oct. 10, 2018
- July 11, 2018
- April 25, 2018
- Jan. 17, 2018
SFA Charter Board Minutes - July 23, 2014
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