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Resiliency Conference Schedule - Administrators




Resiliency Conference Day 2—Administrators

June 24, 2021, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 


Join us for the second day of the Resiliency Conference that is designed specifically for administrators. Please note a separate registration is required. During this exciting day, administrators will share how they creatively and intentionally created a multi-tiered system of support for a culture of care on their campuses or in their district. The administrators will share their celebrations and their struggles, as well as share valuable resources. 
Wellness matters because when everyone is WELL, QUALITY EDUCATION CAN HAPPEN.


Schedule at a Glance 

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Time Event Presenter


Welcome and Introductions

Lisette Spraggins


MTSS Overview


9:45 - 10:00



10:00 - 12:00

Dickinson ISD

Amy J Cmaidalka

12:00 - 12:30

Q & A


12:30 - 1:00



1:00 - 3:00

Galena Park

Karen Haynes

3:00 - 3:20

Q & A


3: 20 - 3:30





MTSS Overview



Lisette Spraggins


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Lisette worked as a Special Education Consultant at Region 14 Education Service Center in Abilene, Texas for 14 years.  She relocated to work at Region 4 Education Service Center to become a member of the Behavior Statewide Leadership Team now the Emotional Wellness Team.   

Lisette has a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Texas and a Master of Art in School Psychology from Governors State University in Illinois.  As a former Chicago Public School Psychologist and as a Special Education consultant at the Education Service Centers, she provides strategic supports for behavior, mental health and academic interventions for students.   Additionally, Lisette provides supports for districts in the area of classroom management, the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports/Multitiered System of Support and Restorative Practices.  She was also a member of the Texas State University team that was instrumental in the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports for the Texas Youth Commission, for incarcerated youth.  


Lisette is the Region 4 Manager of the Santa Fe Wellness Counselors funded by the Victims of Crime Advocacy Grant, which supports Santa Fe ISD after the tragic incident in 2018.  Most recently, Lisette is a contributing author of Peers as Agents of Change edited by Tai A. Collins and Renee Oliver Hawkins. Her chapter reviews the districtwide implementation of Restorative Practices.    


Dickinson ISD

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.




Amy Cmaidalka 


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Gator Wellness

Gator Wellness is a holistic approach that is dedicated to the mental and emotional wellness of students, families, and staff.  Through Gator Wellness, we focus on social emotional learning, character education, resiliency, relationship building, trauma informed practices, and overall wellness.  As administrators and leaders we need to be intentional on advocating and supporting staff wellness.  Through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework, I will share suggestions on supporting staff throughout the year. 




Amy Cmaidalka is the Social Emotional Learning Specialist for Dickinson ISD. She has been in education for 17 years.  Amy taught Kindergarten for 7 years, a Professional School Counselor for 8 years and a Social Emotional Learning Specialist for 2 years.  Prior to her current position, Amy was the Lead Counselor for Elementary through Middle school and the Lead Section 504 Coordinator for the district.  Amy earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Amy is a Youth Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Psychological First Aid, As+K About Suicide To Save a Life, and Trauma Informed Instructor. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM),  National Organization of Victim’s Assistance (NOVA) and a member of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team. Amy was the recipient of the 2018 Walter Kase Educator Excellence Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for exemplary programming that promotes awareness and appreciation of diversity. She is passionate on advocating for professional school counselors, mental health and self-wellness.  Amy is implementing a Gator Wellness Initiative for Dickinson ISD.  This initiative is a social emotional learning model that  focuses on early childhood, students, staff, and the community.  Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and family.  She is a Dickinson ISD graduate and is looks forward to programs that bring enrichment and social emotional learning into the gator community. 




Galena Park
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.



Karen Haynes, Ph.D., LPC-S  


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Wellness is FundaMENTAL

In this session we will review the practices that have been put in place in Galena Park Independent School district.  Focus will be placed on the importance of wellness. 



Karen Haynes, Ph.D., LPC-S  attended Lamar University and earned her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work in 1994.  She earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A & M University in 2002.  More recently, Dr. Haynes earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Walden University in 2017. 

Dr. Haynes has served in many roles in her district.  She began her career in Galena Park ISD (GPISD) as a Community Youth Services (CYS) Worker in 1997.  She was hired by GPISD as a Special Education Counselor in 2006.  She was later promoted to Coordinator for Social Services.  She received another promotion to Program Director for Social Services. She currently and proudly serves as the Director for Mental Health and Social Services.  Dr. Haynes was instrumental in developing a Comprehensive Mental Health and Crisis Response Team in GPISD. In her free time, Dr. Haynes enjoys spending time with her family and friends.





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