John worked for the Region 16 Education Service Center in Amarillo, Texas for 20 years. He served as their executive director for 12 years. Region 16 ESC serves 62 school districts and two charter schools in the Texas Panhandle. Covering over 27,000 square miles, Region 16 has a staff of approximately 340 employees. Region 16 ESC provides numerous direct services to school districts. Examples include business manger services, federal program specialist services, technology specialist services, curriculum specialist services, counseling services, nursing services, and librarian services. Region 16 also provides staff development opportunities for bus drivers, nurses, teachers, administrators, school board members, and numerous others. Region 16 also operates a large Head Start program for disadvantaged students and also serves as the fiscal agent of an Early Childhood Intervention program for special needs students.
After leaving Region 16 in August 2016, John began working for the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA). He is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for this national organization that serves all Education Service Agencies across the country, like RESAs in Georgia.
John has 35 years of experience in public education. He previously served as a superintendent of schools for two Texas school districts: Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD and Mart ISD. He has also served as a high school principal, secondary math teacher, football coach, and girls’ basketball coach.
John currently lives in Katy, Texas which is in the greater Houston area. He is married to Christi, another lifelong educator, and has two daughters. More importantly, John has four grandchildren – and they all live in the Houston area.