Fleming Named School Board Member of the Year

Fleming Named School Board Member of the Year
Posted on 02/21/2020
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VP Fleming Named TABSE School Board Member of the Year

DeSoto, TX – DeSoto Independent School District is proud to announce that DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees Vice President DeAndrea Fleming has been selected as the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators’ School Board Member of the Year.

 

The TABSE School Board Member Of The Year Award is bestowed upon local school board members who have demonstrated an unswerving commitment to representing and facilitating the educational needs of school children of African descent.

“The community elected me to serve as a key advocate for education within the community and with local, state, and federal policymakers in all efforts to change the trajectory of the lives of students and I will continue to carry the torch of commitment to bring home success and victory for the great community of DeSoto,” said Fleming. “This honor is a testament to the love and dedication I have for my community and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve.”

Fleming is a ten-year resident of DeSoto and the 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 on which she and a group of like-minded peers discuss issues and opportunities available in the Best Southwest and DFW 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 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. 

As a Policy Committee Board member, Fleming focused on policy changes that are aligned to the expectations of outcomes that promote student learning, well-being and success of all students. She has tackled financial issues in her role as Chair of the DeSoto ISD Finance Committee 

As an advocate for students, Fleming testified before the State Board of Education in Austin petitioning state legislators to approve an African- American Studies Course for all students in the state of Texas championing culturally-relevant and diverse curriculum promoting racial and cultural tolerance and understanding. 

For the past two years, Fleming has served on the planning committee for the district’s annual Female Leadership Forum held for girls in grades five through 12 championing topics such as Leadership, STEAM, Career Exploration and Personal Development. 

This year Fleming was selected as the fifth board member in DeSoto history to serve in Leadership Texas Association of School Boards (LTASB) along with 35 other school board members in the state of Texas seeking the same knowledge and drive to better the social and academic outcomes of all students and will graduate as a Master Trustee in June 2020. 

Each year, TABSE  recognizes distinguished individuals who have made local and state contributions to the education of African American educators and learners. These individuals have shared and exemplified the vision and mission of TABSE as nominated by members of the organization.  In addition to the recognition of the School Board Member of the Year. TABSE will recognize an outstanding teacher, principal, and student.

 

Fleming, alongside the other honorees, will be recognized during the 35th Annual TABSE Conference to be held in San Antonio at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. 

 

TABSE is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) that is committed to promoting and facilitating the education of all students, especially those of African descent. In addition, TABSE seeks to establish a coalition of educators directly involved in the educational process of African-American students and create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve opportunities for people of African descent.