PTAA/District Faculty


Jennifer Cayce,

District Director of Curriculum & Instruction, 

District SPED Coordinator


 Education and Experience:  Mrs. Cayce started her career in education in 2004, teaching middle school math at Mesquite ISD. One year later she became the AVID coordinator as well as teaching math. After 11 years in the classroom and Instructional Specialist, Mrs. Cayce became a school administrator to a brand new Charter School, PTAA. Now, She is now the District Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Mrs. Cayce has 3 wonderful kids ages 11, 7, and 1. Her husband works in the audio visual and computer field. They love to travel, watch football, hang out with family, and play pool. 


Sonya Gracy, District PEIMS/HR/Finance




 Education and Experience: 


Shannon Houston, District PTECH/STEM Coordinator

Education and Experience: Ms. Houston received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas State University and Master’s in Teacher Leadership with GTED Concentration from Lamar University. She holds Project Lead the Way STEM Certifications for Launch and Gateway Curriculum,, and STEAM Education K-12.  Ms. Houston is a strong advocate for emphasizing the creative element within Technology.  Her passion for children, life-long learning, and all things creative is the key to her educational facilitation of PTAA's STEM/STEAM program, working with PTAA District staff, Higher Education, Business Industry partners and community stakeholders.



Heather Sumrow, District Talent Recruiter



 Education and Experience:  Ms. Sumrow received her Bachelor's, emphasis in ELA/Reading, and her Master's in Education Administration from Texas A & M Commerce. She has expressed her great love for students and learning through a 22 year career in education, first as a classroom teacher since 1995 (certified 1st through 8th, with ESL and GT) and then as a campus administrator and principal for the last 13 years. She is a conscientious and knowledgeable instructional leader with an extensive resume in public and charter schools, as well as being active in her community.




Jason Rochester,

Curriculum & Instruction Specialist



 Education and Experience:  

Carol Berry, Assistant to Superintendent

 Education and Experience: Ms. Berry has a Bachelor's  degree in Business from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. Her past experience includes owning her own business for over 20 years, fragrance buyer for a department store and General Manager of an Art Gallery. She has also worked with Federal Grants and Business office at a Charter School.