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Dr. Betty Reynard
A lifelong educator, Dr. Betty Reynard joined Lamar State College-Port Arthur as President on September 1, 2014. Dr. Reynard earned an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from the
University of Houston.

Dr. Reynard began her career in 1979 as a faculty member at Lamar Institute of Technology and eventually worked he way to Vice President for Academic Affairs at that institution. Throughout her career she has served as a volunteer in a number of professional, community, and educational organizations.

 

Dr. Mark Porterie
Dr. Porterie is an experienced educator with over 26 years of success in promoting student achievement through identifying, analyzing and implementing programs/procedures. Since being named superintendent, he has overseen the passage of a $195 million bond which resulted in the building of several new schools and the renovation of other campuses, as well as the
passage of a tax ratification election. He oversaw the realignment of Booker T. Washington Elementary School into a K-2nd grade campus and DeQueen Elementary School into a 3rd – 5th grade campus with the designed purpose of improving the reading skills of PAISD students.

Under his leadership all schools in PAISD met standard in the 2016-2017 school year. During the 2017-2018 school year he have worked with students, parents, and community leaders to create a five-year plan for the district. A notable honor is being selected as 2018 Region 5 Superintendent of the Year and one of five finalists for Superintendent of the Year for the state of Texas.

 

Dr. Melvin Getwood
Dr. Melvin Getwood is a native of Port Arthur, Texas and a graduate of the now defunct Port Arthur Abraham Lincoln High School. Dr. Getwood earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and History from the University of North Texas (formerly known as North Texas State University) in Denton, Texas. He earned the Master of Education in Administration from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Dr. Getwood earned the Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Getwood is certified as a teacher, principal, and as a superintendent.

 

Miss LaSonya Baptiste
Miss LaSonya Baptiste is a transformational leader who believes in cultivating and promoting a culture and climate of high expectations, academic excellence and student support.

She has served as an elementary and secondary instructor, counselor, and assistant principal and TEA recognized principal during her tenure.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Therapy and two Master’s Degrees in Educational Leadership and Counseling.

 

Mrs. Janice Hendrix
Mrs. Hendrix graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in remedial reading.  She went on to achieve a Master’s of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from Alcorn State University.  While working as an elementary school counselor, she continued her education and earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College.

Mrs. Hendrix began her career in Mississippi, then continued her career in Florida and Tennessee before settling in Southeast Texas.  She has worked as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and advanced academics coordinator.  She is currently the Guidance Counselor at Wilson Early College High School.

 

Dr. Michelle Snodgrass
Dr. Snodgrass received an Associate Degree in Business Management from Lamar State College Port Arthur in May 2001, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Lamar University in August 2002. Post Graduate work includes a Masters of Education in Educational Administration in August 2010 and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership in 2015 both from Prairie View A & M University.

Dr. Snodgrass is the new Instructional Coach at Wilson Early College High School. She has been a proud member of the PAISD Family for the last fifteen years. Before becoming an Instructional Coach, she taught English Language Arts, coached UIL, served as a Mentor Teacher and Department Chair. She also worked with the Middle School Drill Team.

 

Mrs. Carmen Hudson – At Risk Counselor for Port Arthur ISD
The professional background of Mrs. Hudson includes, among others, being the At-Risk Counselor for the Port Arthur Independent School District. Mrs. Hudson has also experience as a High School Lead Counselor and as an elementary school Assistant Principal. Prior to enter her administrative career, Mrs. Hudson was a secondary science teacher. In the private sector she worked as a Chemical Analyst for a Port Arthur refinery.

Mrs. Hudson’s academic background includes a bachelor degree of Arts in Chemistry, a Master’s degree in School Counseling, as well as several educational certifications in administration, counseling, and teaching.

 

Mrs. Hilda Billups – Director of Dual Credit Programs
Hilda M. Billups is passionate about dual credit opportunities for students. Since 2012, she has worked with dual credit student as an instructor, career coach, career coach coordinator, and director. Prior to moving to Texas, she served as the Director of Recruitment and K-12 Coaching at Reynolds Community College in Virginia. Under her leadership, eight career coaches served over 600 dual credit students annually.

Billups earned both of her undergraduate degrees (Psychology and Religion) from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She earned a Master of Science in Higher Education from Purdue University Global.

Billups has been an active member of the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). She regularly presents at the annual national conference. In 2015, she was awarded a research grant from NACEP to investigate how dual credit students transfer the credits earned.

 

Mrs. Dana Bodden – Counselor of Wilson Early College High School
Dana Bodden graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She obtained a Masters of Education in School Counselling also from Lamar University.

For several years Mrs. Bodden worked as elementary school teacher for the Port Arthur Independent School District where she developed several leadership skills by serving as a grade level chair person in her home campus. Other professional experiences include being the summer school counselor for one of the elementary schools and being a high school counselor at Wilson Early College High School. As a high school counselor, Mrs. Bodden has the opportunity to plan and develop a master schedule that includes both high school and colleges courses for grades 9-12, among other multiple activities related to her position.

Mrs. Bodden has been associated with the Texas State Teacher Association and with the American School Counselor Association. She is also associated with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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