Members

Group 2018-19


LINKS

What are the key roles and responsibilities of a school board?

  • Ensure creation of a vision and goals for the district and evaluate district success.
  • Adopt policies that guide district actions.
  • Hire a superintendent to serve as administrator of the district and evaluate the superintendent's success.
  • Approve an annual budget consistent with the district vision.
  • Communicate the district's vision and success to the community.

2018-19 DeSoto ISD Board Members

Sherman Jr., Carl

Carl Sherman Jr. - Place 1 
President 
Email: carl.sherman@desotoisd.org 
Election Year: 2019

Carl Sherman Jr. is serving his second, three-year term on the DeSoto ISD School Board of Trustees where he served as the Board Secretary for one year and Board President for the last four years in DeSoto ISD.

Sherman is involved in a number of organizations at the state and national level, namely the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members where he serves as a Regional Director and the Young Elected Officials Network where he is heavily involved in the Black Caucus and Local Progress.

During his tenure, DeSoto ISD has become a T-STEM district, introduced magnet offerings at all middle and elementary campuses, opened an early childhood center educating the community's youngest minds and implemented full-day Pre-K. In 2018, the district opened Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, an elementary campus that teaches coding, robotics, digital music and digital arts. Sherman believes that if we truly want to close the gaps in education, we must create educational opportunities for our students that go beyond the traditional scope and sequence. We must cultivate lifelong learners who use their formal education to give back to society in a positive way. Only then, will we address the deficiencies that create inequity in communities. Sherman is married to Veronica. Together, they have two children--Carl III and Danielle.

Daniel, KarenKaren Daniel - Place 3
Vice President
Email:  karen.daniel@desotoisd.org  
Election Year: 2020

Karen Daniel, re-elected May 9, 2017, and sworn-in May 22, 2017, for a second three-year term, is a retired, lifelong educator having spent 44 years in the classroom including 33 at DeSoto High School. She grew up in Dallas and graduated from South Oak Cliff High School. She went on to earn her BA in English from UTA and Master's in Public School Administration from UNT. She and her husband Curtis, also retired from DHS, have three children who all graduated from DHS. "I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a Christian community member, and a lifelong learner." She believes every student should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education in our public schools in an environment that is conducive to learning. Parents, students, teachers, and administrators are all accountable for this education. Her goals include encouraging academic excellence, providing a safe/disciplined student environment and preparing students for future success. In 2016 she was inducted into the DeSoto ISD Hall of Honors. 

Clark, TiffanyTiffany Clark - Place 4 
Secretary
Email:  tiffany.clark@desotoisd.org 
Election Year: 2020

Tiffany Clark, born and raised in DeSoto, attended DeSoto schools and graduated from DHS in 2007. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, Clark came back to DeSoto and took her first job at West MS, where she worked as a science teacher, focusing on STEM participation. She continued her education at UNT with a Master’s in Education, concentration on School and Community Counseling and currently works as a counselor in Waxahachie ISD. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education from Abilene Christian University with a concentration in conflict resolution. When not devoting time to students, Tiffany is actively engaged as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Upsilon Lambda Omega, DeSoto, TX). She is a faithful and proud member of Friendship-West Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III.

Goad, KathyKathy Goad - Place 2
Email: kgoad@desotoisd.org
Election Year: 2019

Kathy Goad has been a teacher and mentor in DeSoto ISD for 28 including three years as the WINGS – Where I Now Gain Success – dropout recovery program supervisor. Goad has a long passion for all students and the heart of an educator. As the head of the Home Economics department and the PALS program sponsor for many years, she touched numerous lives by teaching students life skills and how to be a valuable member of society. Under her guidance, DHS PALS – Peer Assistance and Leadership Students – became a top program in the state. PALS participants remember her warm heart and caring nature, as do the 185 WINGS students who have gained their diploma under her wing in the past three years. An active member of Hampton Road Baptist Church, she volunteers in the community as well with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Rotary.

Hooper, Aubrey C.Aubrey C. Hooper - Place 5
Email:  aubrey.hooper@desotoisd.org  
Election Year: 2020 

Aubrey C. Hooper comes from a family with deep roots in the DeSoto community and was born with a passion for helping others. He has over 20 years experience with community organizations and non-profit groups and currently serves as the President of the Dallas NAACP, Second Vice President of the Texas State Conference NAACP Branches and Assistant Secretary of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Currently, Mr. Hooper is the Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Education Committee and serves as a member of the NAACP Finance, Advocacy and Policy, Image Awards, and Executive committees. He is a Campus Administrator/Principal at the Medlock and Youth Village Campuses at the Dallas County Juvenile Department and is an active member of the Oak Gardens Church of Christ. He graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from UT Arlington. He is the founder and board chairman emeritus of a small education foundation that focuses on educational scholarships and mentoring young men. In 2010, he was named to the “Top 25 to Watch” and “Talented Tenth” lists by Dallas Weekly.  In addition, he has been recognized and highlighted for his public service by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, Dallas ISD, and UTA.  In 2017, he was named to the DeSoto ISD Hall of Honor. Mr. Hooper has committed his life and his work to serving his community and making a difference. Mr. Hooper is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration with an Urban Policy concentration at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Hooper has committed his life and his work to serving his community and making a difference. 

DeAndrea FlemingDeAndrea Fleming - Place 6
Email: Deandrea.Fleming@desotoisd.org
Election Year: 2021

DeAndrea Fleming is a ten year resident of DeSoto and a proud mother of two children; Z'Kijah, a high school class valedictorian who went on to attend Howard University on a full academic scholarship and, Gavin, a Gifted and Talented student who loves to read, explore and learn about the world around him.

Fleming co-hosts a community-focused online radio platform where she and a group of like-minded peers discuss issues and opportunities available in the Best Southwest and Dallas area communities. Fleming also serves as the Director of Missions at Trinity Disciple Outreach Church in DeSoto.

Fleming earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Houston and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. Fleming also holds dual Master of Education degrees in Training and Development and Education Technology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. An advocate of lifelong learning, Fleming is currently pursuing a doctorate with an emphasis in Ministry at Dallas Baptist University.

With more than 18 years of professional educational experience, Fleming began her educational career as a teacher before advancing to a Department Chair, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal and a district administration professional. Fleming currently serves as an educational consultant. Her personal agenda is to “Keep Children First” in every decision made. She believes deeply in the power of a great education by providing opportunities and the environment for students to thrive academically and socially. 


Moncriffe
Sandre Moncriffe - Place 7 
Email: sandre.moncriffe@desotoisd.org 
Election Year: 2015

Sandre Moncriffe is a twelve year resident of DeSoto. Ms. Moncriffe is married to Berford, and they are the proud parents of two daughters who attend school in DeSoto ISD. Prior to serving on the Board, Ms. Moncriffe served the community through her work with PTA, and also as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. A proud graduate of Wiley College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Ms. Moncriffe also earned a Juris Doctor from St. Marys University School of Law. Ms. Moncriffe began her legal career in San Francisco, California as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Social Security Administration. She successfully ran her own law practice specializing in Family Law for ten years, prior to her current position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

Moncriffe
Sandre Moncriffe - Place 7 
Email: sandre.moncriffe@desotoisd.org 
Election Year: 2015

Sandre Moncriffe is a twelve year resident of DeSoto. Ms. Moncriffe is married to Berford, and they are the proud parents of two daughters who attend school in DeSoto ISD. Prior to serving on the Board, Ms. Moncriffe served the community through her work with PTA, and also as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. A proud graduate of Wiley College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Ms. Moncriffe also earned a Juris Doctor from St. Marys University School of Law. Ms. Moncriffe began her legal career in San Francisco, California as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Social Security Administration. She successfully ran her own law practice specializing in Family Law for ten years, prior to her current position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

Amanda SargentAmanda Sargent - Place 7
Email: Amanda.Sargent3@desotoisd.org
Election Year: 2021

Trustee Amanda Sargent was elected to the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees Place 7 seat in May 2018. Sargent, a 2008 DeSoto High School alum and 2013 University of Texas grad, has acquired a wide range of professional experience since she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in African and African Diaspora Studies prior to her pursuance of a Master of Science degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Administrative Practice.

Sargent has dedicated herself to supporting students and communities to realize their potential through education as is evidenced in her most recent professional experience as an Outreach College Counselor with the University of Texas’ Division of Diversity and Community Engagement where she served the students of DeSoto High School and neighboring districts.

Prior to her appointment with UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Sargent has served organizations such as National American University, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Americorp, Free Minds, Ashaiman Senior High School in Accra, Ghana as well as Austin-area Partners In Education with the goal of enhancing the opportunities available to youth and students of diverse populations.

Through her role as a DeSoto ISD trustee, Sargent aims to extend her passion for student and youth development as an advocate for high-quality education and accountability in DeSoto ISD.