• Dr. Cherie Washington – President
  • SaJade J. Miller – President-Elect
  • Regina Williams – Recording Secretary
  • Charlece Thomas – Financial Secretary
  • Christina McCloud – Treasurer
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Cherie Washington is happily married to husband Lewis Washington, Sr. of 25 years.  They have four beautiful children Lewis, Jr., Jaisha, Jordan and Janiah.  With three children in college the Washington tradition of high expectations and education is evident.

Cherie Washington received her Masters of Education in Administration from Tarleton State University and Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Dr. Cherie Washington received her doctoral in May, 2017 as a student in the Cooperative Superintendency and Doctoral Program at the University of Texas.

Cherie Washington has been in education for 23 years and has served the Fort Worth Independent School District for 17 years.  She is known as a “Turn Around Principal” at Eastern Hills High School and Meadowbrook Middle Schools where she served as principal as both campuses progressed to academically acceptable status.

Cherie currently serves over 39,000 as the Chief of 55 secondary schools consisting of traditional middle schools, high schools, Program of Choice Campuses and Early College High School campuses. She leads her team to work collaboratively with Directors in Elementary School Leadership. Curriculum and Instruction, Assesment and Accountability, special populations, budget, Communications, Operations and all district departs essential in incorporating effective systems within the school district.  She provides focus on sound instructional ractices, an aligned curriculum, appropriate assessments, data analysis an high quality instruction on a daily basis.  Her team ensures optimal supports for campuses to promote an overall environment conducive to learning and academic achievement.

Ms. Washington worked as an Executive Director in School Leadership in the Dallas Independent School District.  She was responsible for coaching principals by providing instructional support and professional development, ensuing that systemic processes prevailed as determined by data across the feeder and assisting with operational management for 11 schools and over 5500 students.

Awards and Professional Development Activities

  • 2013,2015, and 2017 Dr. Nolan Estes Leadership Ascension Award, University of Texas
  • Named 2012 Woman of the Year by the East Fort Worth Business
  • Selected for the Texas Turnaround Principals Leadership Academy, University of Virginia
  • Presented multiple sessions at the Texas School Improvement Conferences, Austin, Texas

Mr. SaJade Miller is an educator who has worked in public schools for over 10 years. His expertise include strategic planning, systemic instructional process integration, and leadership development.  Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas-Arlington, a Master’s of Education degree in Science Education from Texas Wesleyan University, and is in the process of completing his Doctoral degree in Education Leadership at Texas Christian University. He currently serves as the principal of Dunbar High School and serves as President-Elect of the Fort Worth Area Alliance of Black School Educators.

During his transition as principal of Dunbar, one of his first actions was to apply for funding in conjunction with the Fort Worth ISD grants department for the Texas Title I Priority Schools grant. As a result, Dunbar was one of two high schools awarded out of thousands of statewide applicants. The award amount was 10 million dollars over five years which supported the creation of the Collegiate Academy at Dunbar High School, an early college high school program that allows students to take up to 60 college hours towards a bachelor’s degree. Additional accomplishments include three Texas Education Agency academic distinction designations for the 2015-16 school year in Mathematics, U.S. History, and student growth. Mr. Miller has also represented Dunbar High school during presentations at national conferences in Washington D.C. in 2015 and last month at the 2017 College Board Dream Deferred conference.

Prior to accepting the position at Dunbar, Mr. Miller was the principal at Leonard Middle School. During his tenure at Leonard, the school underwent a transformation that ultimately led to an improvement of the campus’s state accountability from Improvement Required to Met Standard. There was an increase of 29 points in combined index scores and discipline incidents decreased by 50% during his first year as principal at Leonard. Mr. Miller attributes the success at Leonard to communicating a clear expectation of excellence and cultivating a collaborative campus culture. He was also an assistant principal at his beloved Oscar Dean Wyatt High School and taught for several years at Meadowbrook Middle School.

Mr. Miller strives to contribute to the well-being of our future. He believes that all students must learn and that he must prepare the students at Dunbar for the unpredictable problems of tomorrow with love and discipline. He believes that education is the process of learning, unlearning, and relearning to empower families, communities, and the world. He believes that leading is listening and learning to be of service to an organization. His personal motto is “Excellence is the expectation, not the exception,” and his vision is to accelerate students and educators toward the excellence within!

Mr. Miller is married to the love of his life, Amber. They have 2 sons, Jaxson Jamar (3) and Mason Lee (5 months).

Mrs. Williams holds a Social work degree from Tarleton State University and received her Master’s in Social Work from Southwest Missouri State University, in Springfield, Missouri.  As the daughter of a career service member, she has traveled often, however calls Copperas Cove and Texarkana, Texas her home.

Mrs. Williams is currently serving as the Grant and Strategic Partnership Coordinator for Dunbar High school.  She was a 2015 nominee for Educator of the Year from the Fort Worth Association of Black School Educators; Life Changer of the Year Campus Nominee 2015-2016; Honorable Mention for the 2014 Texas School Social Worker of the Year; a 2012 recipient of the Reby Cary Community Service award and newly elected Recording Secretary of the Fort Worth Association of Black School Educators.

She is an integral part of Dunbar High School and the Dunbar Pyramid. Serving for three years as the planning coordinator for the Dunbar Pyramid Back to School Parade and Rally, the strategic campus coordinator for corporate and local business sponsors such as Fidelity Investments and Eberstein and Witherite. She collaborated with the campus principal on the rollout for the stellar Dads of Dunbar program, and serves on the administration team focusing on grant compliance and campus branding.

A presenter at the 2017 A Dream Deferred Conference in Washington, DC, Regina Williams has a passion for mentoring young ladies and is in her 4th year as Sponsor of the Dunbar High School Sophisticated Ladies Club.  Through her personal charge to empower young ladies of color to recognize and reach their unlimited potential, she created and coordinated an annual “Pearls of Wisdom” girls empowerment conference targeting not only young ladies attending Dunbar, but also Eastern Hills, OD Wyatt and Poly High School.

Mrs. Williams is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, is the proud wife of retired Lieutenant Colonel Cedric Williams, a JROTC Senior Instructor at Eastern Hills HS and mom of one beautiful and charismatic daughter, Britney Williams who is a senior at “The” Grambling State University.  Though her multiple travels as an “Army Brat” and a 25 year Army wife having moved to Mansfield from Honolulu, Hawaii, she believes to make a difference in the lives of our young people of color, we must strategically invest, advocate, and be willing to get off the sidelines and push the envelope for the sake of our black and brown children and do it unapologetically.

Charlece Thomas James has over 28 years experience creating and implementing multi-faceted projects for education, arts, and community organizations. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.

Currently, she is Coordinator with Fort Worth ISD//Fort Worth After School and has provided Administrative direction for 26 after school campuses. In her duties she has developed training for staff, special events and created an array of expanded learning opportunities for students.

Charlece was the project coordinator for the annual special events for the after school department that included “Lights On” – citywide celebration; Star Idol Performing Arts Festival; and Showcase of Stars – annual recognition of shining stars students and community partners.

She has collaborated with local, regional and national arts professionals and organizations to produce artistic and educational activities. She has been a Presenter or panelist on a variety of arts and education topics for local, state and national conferences. In addition, Charlece has served as a grant panelist for Texas Commission on the Arts, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Bureau.

For the past 20 years, Charlece has been an active member of Fort Worth Area Alliance Black School Educators, Texas ABSE(state) and National ABSE (national).  She has served on numerous committees for FWAABSE and currently serves as an officer on the Executive Board.  She was the recipient of the Fort Worth Area Alliance of Black School Educators, 2012 “TrailBlazer Award,” for her years of passion for students and service in education.

Her community volunteer service has included: Tarrant Area Food Bank, Kids Way Impact Council, Multi-Cultural Arts Alliance of Tarrant County and causes that impact women and youth.

She has been married to Willie T James, Jr. for 32 years and proud mother of son, Lance Elliott James.

Christina McCloud has been an active member of FWAABSE, TABSE, and NABSE for the past 5 years.

She attended Prairie View A & M University and Texas Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Texas at Arlington for her graduate degree.

She is proud to have been a part of FWISD since 1998 where she has always believed that ALL students can be successful.

Currently, she is an Assistant Principal at J.P. Elder Middle School. Christina heralds the privilege of learning and growing into an educational leader through her varied experiences in FWISD because of the strong leadership received at I. M. Terrell Elementary, J. T. Stevens Elementary, and Wedgwood Middle School.

Christina believes that… “Education is for improving the lives of others and leaving your community and world better than you found it.”—Marian Wright Edelman

Mary Lamothe-Johnson
Corresponding Secretary 

Jimmie Neely
Immediate Past President

Dennis Dunkins
President Emeritus

Sheila Turner
Historian

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