Board Nominee Information for 2018 - 2019

PRESIDENT ELECT
Nominees:
Dr. Mertie Gomez
Sherina Thomas

Dr. Mertie Gomez
Mertie “Mi Mi” Gomez, Ph.D., is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Education in Special Education (Educational Diagnostician). In this capacity, she is responsible for curriculum oversight and development, ensuring that the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) program continues to meet state standards. Dr. Gomez teaches assessment and practicum courses, as well.

She worked in the public school system for 31 years as a special education teacher, educational diagnostician, and Senior Manager of Evaluation.

Sherina Thomas
Sherina Thomas is an educational diagnostician in Humble ISD, where she has worked for the past 4 years. Sherina also serves as a mentor to new diagnosticians within the district. Before her role as a diagnostician, Sherina worked as a special ed teacher for 11 years in Galena Park ISD (elementary, middle, and high schools). Sherina’s involvement with Hou-Met began in 2014, where she joined the organization as a student member, and was chosen as the 2014 Hou-Met Professional Scholarship recipient. Since that time, Sherina has given back by serving on the scholarship committee.


VICE PRESIDENT
Nominees:
Maryann Hogan
Kristin Robbins

Maryann Hogan
When I first entered the field of education 33 years ago, as a second grade teacher, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. After teaching in the general education classroom for several years, I began working with children who had specific learning differences. The positions I held included a Reading Recovery® teacher, Dyslexia Specialist and a Special Education Resource Teacher.

Working with children who experienced such a wide range of learning differences ignited my passion to play a more active role in the identification process of children with disabilities. This led me to pursue my master’s degree in the area of Children with Exceptionalities and a certification as an Educational Diagnostician. While attending the University of St. Thomas, I worked as a Special Education Department Chairperson. I was able to experience more of the planning, programming and servicing aspect of special education, while working alongside an experienced diagnostician who taught me to always maintain the best interest of the child.

I have held on to that advice for the past eight years that I have been an educational diagnostician. I have had the opportunity to work with children of all ages and I strongly believe it is important to work alongside each person who plays a role in the child’s education (parents, general educators, special educators, school administrators, etc.).

I believe that my experience in the field of education, as well as my years as an educational diagnostician could be an asset to the Houston – Metropolitan Educational Diagnosticians’ Association. My belief and the promotion of professional growth is consistent with that of HOU-MET. I believe my wide-range of experience will enable me to reach across professional lines and unite those working with individuals with disabilities in order to assure they receive the quality educational services they deserve.

Kristin Robbins
I am going into my 13th year in education. I was a special education teacher for 8 years. During my first 3 years as a special education teacher, I taught life skills. After teaching life skills, I decided to become more exposed to the different levels of special education and taught resource and inclusion English Language Arts the following 5 years. During those 5 years, I also served as department chair for special education on my campus. I have been an educational diagnostician for the past 4 years. My entire career has involved working with students with special needs, and I would not have it any other way!



Secretary
Nominee:
Cynthia Edwards

Cynthia Edwards**
Employer: Houston ISD: Special Education Teacher, Special Education Chairperson, Educational Diagnostician, and Lead Educational Diagnostician

Certificates: Special Education (Language and Learning Disabilities) and Educational Diagnostician

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Masters of Education in Special Education

Chapter Positions Held: Secretary, Acting President, and Scholarship Chairperson