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About Texas CEC

The Mission of TCEC

The Texas Council for Exceptional Children is a community of Texas professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. TCEC's mission is to improve, through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance engagement of their families.


The Vision of TCEC

The Texas Council for Exceptional Children is a premier education organization, renowned for its expertise and leadership, working collaboratively with strategic partners to ensure that children and youth with exceptionalities are valued and full participating members of society. As a diverse and vibrant professional community, TCEC is a trusted voice in shaping education practice and policy.


TCEC Core Values

  • Dignity and worth of all individuals.
  • Diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Advocacy and social justice.
  • Professional excellence, integrity, and accountability.
  • Full participation in society.
  • Effective individualized education.
  • Family engagement.
  • Collaboration and community.
  • Responsibility to members.


View TCEC By Laws (PDF)

TCEC Executive Directors



Kathleen Pfannenstiel, American Institutes for Research




Carlos Flores, Angelo State University

Vice President:

Ambra Green, The University of Texas at Arlington


Dennis Cavitt

Immediate Past President:

Dennis Cavitt, Midwestern State University




Cathy Thomas, Texas State University


George A. Williams, PhD


George Williams, Our Lady of the Lake



Constitution Chair:

Jerrie Jackson, Our Lady of the Lake




Member Services Chair:

Chelsie Lyday


Professional Relations/CAN Chair:

Heather Hughes, Eagle Mountain - Saginaw ISD



Communications Chair: 

Kurt Hulett

Last Updated:  29 January, 2021

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