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Board of Directors

President:  Jeffery Smith ‘83

Jeffery Smith graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1983 and a Master’s degree in EdCI-Science Education in 1989.  Jeff has been involved in education in many forms, working with the U.S. Navy, the Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences, NOAA, the Smithsonian Institute, and Texas A&M, where he taught elementary and secondary science methods, supervised student teachers, worked with student athletes, and directed summer programs at Texas A&M Galveston.  Jeff currently teaches Biology and Aquatic Science for Spring Branch ISD and has been involved in public education for 25 years.  He was named the Outstanding Marine Educator by the National Marine Educators Association; is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; and is a 2013 recipient of the Dean’s Roundtable Award.  An Aggie throughout, you can typically find Jeff promoting the Spirit of Aggieland to potential students. 

Immediate Past-President: Kristiana Hamilton ‘04

Kristiana Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters of Education Administration in 2004 from Texas A&M University.  Her commitment to education extends over 22 years and ranges in the fields of teaching, counseling, and administration.  She currently serves as the proud principal of Southwood Valley Elementary School located in the College Station ISD, and is a very active leader, volunteer, and participant in many Brazos Valley community organizations, as well as several state and national educational organizations.  Kristiana is happily married to Bryan native Cedrick Hamilton, and they share three wonderful children.  “Aggieland is definitely my home now!”

Secretary:  Linda Hoppas ‘79

Linda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Texas A & M University and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Her area of specialization is Earth Science and she holds a principal certification.  Linda has been teaching fifth grade at Anderson Elementary in Spring ISD for over 30 years.  Prior to teaching in Spring ISD, she taught fourth grade in Fort Bend ISD and sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science in Kaufman ISD.  During her career in education, Linda has been a team leader, a science curriculum writer, a supervisor of student teachers, a Campus Improvement Plan member, a new teacher mentor, a cheerleader sponsor, and a workshop presenter at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching.  She has also presented numerous science workshops in Spring ISD.  In her spare time, Linda enjoys camping, white water rafting, and hiking in Colorado.  

Treasurer:  Katie Loftus ‘96

Katie Loftus ’96 graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in history.  She also holds a master’s degree from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU. Currently an English teacher at Allen High School, she also works as a co-advisor for the Screamin’ Eagles spirit group. Katie is an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators. She has worked with the Collin County A&M Club and has served as scholarship chair and Muster chair.  Katie has previously served as an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors.

Liaison to Academic Colleges:  Steve Corry ‘89

Steve, Texas A&M class of 1989, holds a bachelor's degree in education from A&M and a master's degree in education administration from Stephen F. Austin. He has 26 years of education experience and is currently serving as the Principal of Deer Park High School. Steve is a member of the Aggie Educator Network and the 12th Man Foundation. He regularly attends Texas A&M Education job fairs and is proud to have hired over 20 Aggie graduates to teach at Deer Park High School.

At-Large:  Erik Martinez ‘06

Erik graduated from Texas A&M in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology followed by a master of science in kinesiology in 2008. He taught high school science for 5 years and coached football, soccer and powerlifting. He now serves as assistant principal for Memorial high school in Port Arthur TX.

At-large: Katy Battersby ‘11

Kathleen, or “Katy,” graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011. After student teaching in a STEM program in Northeast ISD in San Antonio, she now teaches 8th grade U.S. History in Corpus Christi Texas at Tuloso-Midway ISD. She is a hard-working teacher and is very dedicated to the educational and emotional well-being of her students. She believes in her students and works very hard to provide them with the tools to succeed so that they may meet her high expectations.

At-Large:  Monica Spradlin ‘17

As a native Texan, Monica Spradlin attended school, from kindergarten to high school, in Friendswood, Texas. During her school years, Monica flourished in her studies and extracurricular activities, such as drama and track, while maintaining an excellent grade point average.  During that time, she also became involved in the YoungLife organization, first as a member and eventually as a youth ministering to young women. After graduating from high school, she was accepted to attend distinguished universities, such as Baylor in Waco, Texas; however, her heart was set on attending Texas A&M.  She is currently an Interdisciplinary Studies major. She also continues to be active in youth ministry activities. After graduation in 2017, Monica is looking forward to serving as a high school math teacher. Her goal is to help students fully understand mathematic principals and applications, while helping them to face life challenges.

At-Large: Clark Nelson '09

Clark graduated from Texas A&M with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and English. He received his alternative teaching certification through the College of Education and Human Development and is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. in Public School Administration program. Clark is presently employed as an Advanced Placement Social Studies Instructor with Waco ISD at University High School. Along with his teaching duties, Clark also serves as an Academic Coach and UIL Campus Coordinator, Baylor University PDS Clinical Instructor, AVID Site Team Member, UTD Center for Brain Health SMART Ed Instructor, and Senior Class Sponsor. Prior to teaching, Clark worked as a management professional in the hospitality industry. Clark has been married to his lovely wife, Marchelle, for 23 years and they have two sons.

At-Large: Tara Burkholder '99

Tara Burkholder ’99 graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in history.  She also holds a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Tara is currently a middle school special education teacher (Life Skills) at McDonald Junior High in Katy ISD and prior to that she taught elementary special education (Life Skills) at a Katy area charter school for two years. Tara is a member of the National Association of Special Education Teachers, served as president of the Oahu A&M Club and has served on the Legacy Award Selection Committee for the Women's Former Student Network. Tara has one daughter, who plans to become an art teacher someday. 

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