Growing up in an area with limited options, Brenton White learned at a young age that his success in life was going to depend on the cultivation of his intelligence and talents through hard work and education. This helped build his roots in the belief that education can, and does, transform lives, and he goes to work every day with the intent of helping others succeed through quality education.
Brenton was born in Kansas, and came to Dallas, Texas at the age of 10. He left for Boston in 1990, armed with a full scholarship to Boston University, where he studied Classical Voice with Richard Cassilly, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1994. He then received his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California, where he studied Jazz Voice with Michelle Wier and Sean Holt. He completed the Principal Certification Program in 2006, and completed the Superintendent Certification Program at UNT in 2014. He is currently part of the Dallas Baptist University Doctoral Cohort 10, where he is working on his Doctorate Ed. D in Educational Leadership. He has worked in education for 19 years, having spent time teaching in the classroom, serving as a principal, and serving as an administrator.
He is also an active advocate for his community as a Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce Board Member, a member of the Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, an Advisor Council Member of the Salvation Army in Pleasant Grove, and a Board Member of the Kiwanis Club of Pleasant Grove.
Brenton has been married to his amazing wife, Tina White, for 18 years, and they have three children, Kalamarie, Brenton, and William. Brenton loves spending time with his family, and enjoys learning about old cars, planes, and other objects with interesting historical stories, as well as shooting videos, and polishing his photography skills.
Brian Francis is a distinguished educator with over fifteen years of experience. Coming from the private sector, Mr. Francis gained an interest in inner city scholars by volunteer coaching. This framed his perspective on education and laid the groundwork for him to embrace scholar academic achievement in all areas.
Since then he has had a lifelong commitment towards social empowerment, personal growth, and human development. In order to deepen his understanding of the obstacles presented in education, he obtained a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of North Texas, completed the Superintendent Certification Program at UT Tyler, and most recently won a competitive grant sponsored by 'Raise Your Hand Texas' to attend Harvard University’s School of Education Principal Leadership Program.
Brian Francis’s educational background and personal experiences have helped shape his philosophy of education. His greatest initiative is to provide servant leadership that will facilitate a viewpoint of shared decision-making that allows all stakeholders to be accountable for ensuring that all students perform at the highest possible level, and provide our children with the skills needed to be successful in our global economy.
Born and raised in Port Arthur Texas, Brian Francis received a football scholarship to attend Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a Finance degree. Since moving to Dallas, he has been married for 13 years to his beautiful wife Tamara, and has 2 wonderful children, Jordan and BJ. His hobbies include spending time with family, coaching youth sports, and traveling.
During this time, Dr. Brasseaux rose steadily through the ranks of leadership, serving as teacher, department chair, assistant principal, principal, central office staff, and regional office staff in highly recognized districts of excellence. She was able to lead teams that featured servant leadership while fostering high student expectations. Dr. Brasseaux served the students and teachers of Allen ISD, Collinsville ISD, McKinney ISD, Prosper ISD, and the Region 10 Educational Service Center, where she was one of only 20 Texas Teacher Reading Liaisons, appointed by TEA, to serve throughout the entire state of Texas. She has also served as an adjunct professor at both Texas A&M-Commerce, and Concordia Universities as one of their distinguished professors in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Brasseaux holds a Doctorate in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. In addition, she holds a Superintendent Certification from the University of North Texas. She also has two Bachelors’ degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, one in Elementary Education and one in Finance.
Her proudest accomplishment, though, is being a wife and mother. She and her husband, Steven, an electrical engineer, have been married for 33 years. Their daughter, Lauren, a University of North Texas graduate, is a teacher in Frisco ISD. Son, Eric, a Southern Methodist University graduate and former Marine, is a medical student in Philadelphia. When, Dr. Brasseaux and her husband aren’t traveling or spending time with family, one of her favorite things to do is spending time with her wonderful grandchildren, Daniel Gage and Emma Grace.