College of Education & Human Services
Curriculum & Instruction
Ms. Janice LaMendola, Kindergarten Teacher/JV Softball Coach at Greenhill School
Janice LaMendola is an early childhood educator at Greenhill School in Addison, TX. She has spent 17 years using brain-based research in child development and Best Practices to discover how children learn best. Janice did her undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received her Master’s of Science in Early Childhood from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010. She was recently named Preschool Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Jean Conway, President at Eastfield College
Dr. Jean Conway has been president of Eastfield College since February, 2009. Before coming to Eastfield, Dr. Conway worked at Richland College for twelve years, six years as Vice President for Teaching and Learning and six years as Dean of World Languages, Cultures, and Communications. She has also been a faculty member in English and ESOL at Brookhaven College. Dr. Conway has been very active in the community. She is Chair of the Garland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a Board Member of Garland BEST Education Foundation, is Vice-chair of the Garland Economic Development Council, and serves on the Board of the North Texas Community College Consortium. She has also participated in Leadership Garland and in Leadership DCCCD. In addition to her community activities, Dr. Conway has been active in the Methodist Church. She has served as Chair of the Administrative Board, Chair of Pastor-Parish Relations Council, Usher Coordinator and Adult Education Coordinator. Dr. Conway holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Texas A & M University-Commerce as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English from the University of North Texas. She is married to Michael Conway, a local CPA. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.
Dr. Marty Crawford, Superintendent at West ISD
Superintendent of Schools for the West Independent School District, Marty Lane Crawford and his wife, the former Alanna Strickland, are proud parents of three children: two daughters Ashton Alayne, 16, and A.J., 3; and one son, Jackson Layne, 11. Crawford earned his Texas superintendent certification and Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, completing his 2006 dissertation on the Texas school superintendent, a replication of his father’s (Dr. Marvin Crawford, ‘79) East Texas State University study. Supported by professors and advisors Dr. Rex Carr, Dr. Casey Brown, and Dr. Sandy Kimbrough, the research identified the nexus of 1983’s A Nation at Risk as the transformational turning point for Texas school superintendents. Additionally, Crawford holds a Bachelor of Education from Baylor University, a Master of Education from the University of Oklahoma and has worked in various capacities in Dallas ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Highland Park ISD, and Oklahoma City Public Schools. A former All-Southwest Conference and All-American baseball player at Baylor, Crawford was named a Baylor Baseball Legend in 2005, honored as sportswriter Dave Campbell’s All-Time Baylor 2nd Baseman, and enshrined to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dr. Kevin Eaton, President at Weatherford College
Dr. Kevin Eaton has a diverse history to fall back on. Dr. Eaton holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Management from Southwest Texas State University, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a West Texas boy, having grown up in Knox City. After graduating from high school, Dr. Eaton enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for eight years. While in the National Guard, Dr. Eaton was a full time student. After completing his BBA, he worked in Houston as a Public Accountant for a major accounting firm. Two years later, he returned to college to earn his MBA. While working on his MBA, he met a teacher, and they were soon married, thus leading to his future career in education. Dr. Eaton was a Teacher, Coach, and Administrator at the secondary level for eight years. He has worked for the past 11 years as an administrator at Weatherford College; the last four as President. Dr. Eaton is proud to lead the oldest continuing college west of the Mississippi River. Weatherford College will celebrate its 144th birthday in 2013.
Health & Human Performance
Ms. Jency Holbert, Retired, Previous Director of Educator Certification & Academic Services, A&M-Commerce
Jency, a native from Dallas, transferred to East Texas State University to complete her Bachelor's degree and teacher certification in Health and Physical Education in 1978. As an undergraduate, Jency was a member and served as an officer in Phi Pi Delta, Delta Psi Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi. Little did she know the impact ET, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, would have on her life and career. Jency's career in education began with a teaching assistantship while working on her Master's degree. Realizing teaching was more of a passion than a career choice, the next 30 years would be dedicated to education. In addition to serving as a physical education and lead teacher in Sunnyvale ISD and Mesquite ISD, Jency served as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance, Secondary Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and recently retired after serving as the Director of Educator Certification and Academic Services. Jency resides in Campbell, Texas with her husband, Kent; her dog, Bubba; and cat, Colby. They are the happy grandparents of two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Psychology, Counseling & Special Education
Dr. William Attridge, Core Faculty School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Capella University
Dr. William C. Attridge is a licensed mental health counselor whose primary practice specialty is substance abuse and chemical dependency. He has spent 15 years as a therapist, educator, workshop leader, and lecturer. Dr. Attridge currently serves on the faculty in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Capella University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University; a Master of Science degree in Counseling; a Master of Science degree in Information Systems & Educational Technology; and, a Ph.D. in Counseling, from Texas A&M University–Commerce. Dr. Attridge is the recipient of several honors, including the Truax Outstanding Master’s Student of the Year Award (1998-1999), and the Truax Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year Award (2001-2002) from the Department of Counseling at Texas A&M University–Commerce. He was most recently selected as the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year (2012-2013) by Capella University for his outstanding contributions to the Department of Counseling.
Rebecca Tuerk, Director of Student Disability Res and Services, A&M-Commerce
Rebecca Tuerk attended East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce from 1990-1994. In 1994, she received her Bachelor of Social Work with Academic Distinction. After graduation, she worked as a medical social worker and found her niche and passion as a nursing home social worker. After practicing as a licensed social worker for approximately seven years, she had the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree. In 2003, she earned a Master of Education with a specialization in elementary education from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. She entered the classroom not only as a qualified teacher, but also as a social worker, which in turn proved to be an enormous advantage in the classroom. After teaching special education for six years, she was recognized for her accomplishments by being named the 2007 Teacher of the Year for Secondary Schools for Quinlan ISD. Rebecca’s career as a K-12 educator led her to administration, and she served as the Assistant Principal for Farmersville Intermediate School from 2010-2011. Presently, Rebecca has returned to her alma mater, A&M–Commerce, to serve as the Director of Student Disability Resources and Services.