2017 - 2018 TAAE Executive Board

Peggy Little Peggy Little
Falls Career High SchoolMarble Falls ISD
1351 Country Rd.
264 Bertram, TX 78605
512-699-4428 (Office)


     I began teaching Criminal Justice in High School in 1996, Completed my Masters Degree in 2001.  I started the DAEP in Marble Falls during the 2001-2002 school year and created Falls Career High School the following year.  We will hold our 10th Graduation this May and we have helped 458 students achieve their goal of receiving a High School Diploma.  I have worked actively with TAAE for the past 9 years and I have been on the Board of Directors for the past 2 years in the capacity of Membership Liaison.  When I am not involved in my profession, I spend my time with my 4 girls, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grand son.
President Elect
Janna McCollough
Everman ISD
Johnson 6th Grade Center
8901 Oak Grove Rd.
Everman, TX 76140
     Janna McCollough has been a life-long educator. Starting as a child, she taught her toys! That love of teaching has followed her through her life. She graduated from the University of North Texas, where she taught Geology Labs to fellow college students. Her degree was in Elementary Education. Her first 8 years were spent with 5th, 7th, and 8th graders. Earning her Master's Degree from UNT, she was asked to serve as an assistant principal at Bowie High School in Arlington for 2 years. Having a heart for at-risk students she became the first assistant principal at Turning Point High School in Arlington, where she served for 6 years. She then accepted a position as the Principal of Crossroads High School and Right Turn Discipline Center in Burleson ISD where she has served for 11 years. Janna joined TAAE in the late 90's, where she also served as the President of the North Central Texas Association of Alternative Educators for 3 years. She served for 2 years on the TAAE Conference Committee. She is thrilled to have been elected to be the Treasurer of the TAAE. Her goal is to make our organization more visible and available to all AEP's, DAEP's, and JJAEP's so that we can support each other and share ideas that work with and for kids!
Vice President

Laurie Rath
Assistant Principal / Dean of Students
College View HS and
DAEP for College Station ISD 1300 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Laurie Rath is a proud Texas Aggie, Class of '91, '94. She has worked for College Station ISD for the past 23 years. She taught math at the district's traditional high school for three years, and in 1994, she joined the alternative school during its second year, and has been loving working there ever since.
She is currently the Assistant Principal for the Center for Alternative Learning, which includes Timber Academy High School (school of choice) and Venture/LEAP (DAEPs). She wears many hats at the CAL (as do most alternative educators) including campus testing coordinator, student activities director, Student Council sponsor, graduation coordinator, etc. She also is the Night School Coordinator for the district. She has been a member of TAAE since the 90's. She loves alternative education and cannot see herself ever going back to the traditional school.

Jamie Friday Jamie Friday
Texarkana ISD  
2100 College Drive
Texarkana, TX 775503

John Schaefer
Mexia ISD
Mexia ISD Alternative Programs
1002 Clark St.
Mexia, TX 76667

Director of Alternative Education
Mr. Schaefer graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville with his Master of Education degree in 1991 and continued his education at Lamar University in Beaumont where he received his principal and superintendent certificates.
Prior to coming to Mexia ISD, Mr. Schaefer was the Director of Alternative Programs for the Presidio ISD. There he and his staff implemented a T-STEM/CATE academy that has led to a CATE high school along with an Early College high school. Mr. Schaefer has also served as a high school principal, athletic director, and superintendent. This year is Mr. Schaefer’s 32nd year in education at both the college and secondary level.
Mr. Schaefer is married to his wonderful wife Mary, Mexia High School’s marketing teacher, and they are the parents of three children; Jonathon 34, Kristina 30, and Charles 20 along with 5 grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Schaefer enjoy their grandchildren along with traveling and cruising.

Membership Liaison
H.D. Webb III H.D. Webb III
DeSoto I.S.D.- DAEP  
204 E. Beltline Rd.
DeSoto, TX 75115

H.D. Webb, III might not have ever entered the field of education, had it not been for experiences he had while working at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. Rather than be on the back end of the problem, he decided a career in education may help others like him have a brighter future. After graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas, Mr. Webb taught elementary band and sixth grade math/science in Dallas. It was after receiving his Master’s from Dallas Baptist University that he joined DeSoto ISD as an assistant principal. Seeking a new challenge after four years, he requested a transfer to the DAEP campus where he has served as the principal for the last five years. Mr. Webb firmly believes that alternative education is a “calling” and those who accept the call are some of the most passionate and innovative educators out there. He looks forward to helping TAAE grow and impact education across Texas.
Past President
Emily Feagan
A &M
Consolidated Middle School
105 Holik Dr.
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 764-5575



     Emily Feagan has been in the field of education for the past 25 years. She began working with at-risk students through a summer program called Youth Opportunities Unlimited at Texas A&M in 1988.
She began her career teaching in Bryan ISD as an English teacher at the traditional high school for three years before moving to the alternative campus in the Fall of 1993. During her 17 years at the alternative campus, she taught in the self-paced classroom for 14 years; organized student testing and curriculum as the Instructional Specialist; supported the director as an Assistant Principal and lead the campus for one year as the Dean of Lamar Alternative High School.
Unfortunately, budget changes impacted the alternative campus and the program was closed in June 2010. She served as an Assistant Principal at Rudder High School in Bryan ISD. Currently, she is an 8th grade Assistant Principal at a traditional middle school in College Station ISD. As a TAAE member, Emily has functioned as a Conference Committee Co-Chair, Conference Committee Chair, Vice-President, President-Elect and proudly serves as the current TAAE President.

Executive Director
Joe McCullough
1306 A West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757
512-454-8626 (Office)
877-258-8223 (Toll Free)
512-454-3036 (Fax)

     Joe McCullough, TAAE’s Executive Director, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He spent more than ten years working with the Austin American Statesmen as director of the Classified Advertising Department before joining Association & Society Management, Inc. (ASMI)--TAAE’s association management company--in 1988. Assuming his duties as Executive Director for TAAE in 1996, five years after the birth of the organization, Joe is TAAE’s “Go-to Man” in the realm of managing our association and helping us to grow into a strong, viable organization of nearly 1,000 members across Texas and neighboring states.