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Bailey Baker
Future Teacher Outreach & Public Relations

Bailey Baker is a graduate of Deer Park High School, where she participated in marching band and was the percussion section leader. She chaired a parliamentary procedures team for FCCLA that won second in State competition and advanced to Nationals. She also founded a chapter of the Teenage Republicans on her campus during her sophomore year, where she served as President. She is currently a student at University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she is pursuing a degree in education. She also serves as the Texas Senate District Parliamentarian. Bailey is excited to produce and host the ITTexas podcast for Future Educators: Preparing for the Future, where she speaks with guests about issues and concerns facing teachers in today's world, as well as how to address them.

Amy Sasser
Publications Specialist

Amy L. Sasser brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ITTexas from both the business world and the realms of education. She currently teaches high school seniors full-time, and she adjuncts at both a local community college and a university. In her career prior to teaching, she worked in marketing, sales, and management, becoming a District Manager with a retail chain before finally answering the call to the classroom and switching careers. She has served in various volunteer positions, ranging from Grassroots Coordinator for a US Presidential campaign to Editor-in-Chief of her University's literary magazine. She has several publications under her belt, both academic and creative. Mrs. Sasser holds a Bacelor's in Humanities and a Master's in Literature. She is currently pursuing her doctorate, which focuses on leadership and management in schools.

Todd Taylor
Technology Engineer & Public Relations

Todd Taylor is a Texas educator who was born in Indiana, but who got to the great state of Texas as soon as he possibly could. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and his Master of Science in Education, both from Western Illinois University. Todd moved to Texas 28 years ago to start his teaching career. He has taught one year in Galena Park ISD, 20 years in Pasadena ISD, and is currently in his seventh year in Houston ISD.

Christopher M. Rhoades
Director of Professional Development & Curriculum Innovation

Professor Rhoades is a lifelong learner and educator. He has over a decade of experience in the education field and currently serves in the roles of teacher, professor, and associate academic dean. His instructional areas include mathematics, mathematics education, applied theological studies, and theological studies. He resides in southeast Texas with his wife and two dogs. His wife is also an educator. Professor Rhoades is a published author and conference presenter. In addition to serving as an educator, Professor Rhoades has also been a pastor for over a decade and currently serves in ministry with his wife as one of the pastors of a church in their community. 


Dr. Kenneth Poppe
Campus Representative & University Liaison

Dr. Kenneth Poppe is an instructor, recruiter, and doctoral writing coach at Southern Nazarene University. He teaches Bachelor and Masters classes in "Foundations," "Classroom Management," and "Education Psychology," and he believes these 100% online accelerated classes are perfect for ITTexas members who want to advance their professionalism and pay grade. Ken retired in 2018 with over 30 years as a public school science and math teacher, and through is work with graduate students, as well as his wife, Melba, who is also a teacher, he keeps his finger on the pulse of what is currently happening in education. Therefore, he knows the necessity of teaching with innovation, energy, flexibility, relevance, individualization, and humor—even at the university level. He has also supported the philosophies of professional organizations instead of unions all through his varied career, which includes positions as teacher, professor, administrator, author, consultant, statewide CDE field rep, and more. He was ATPE's "Texas Secondary Educator of the Year" for 2016.

Melba Poppe
Campus Representative, Recruiting, & Public Relations

Melba Poppe has taught 35 years in ESL and K-12 Art, with specialties in the latter of painting, sculpture, and photography. Her students' work has been entered in many award-winning competitions, and she has written several grants to give her students additional opportunities for innovative instruction. Melba also has an excellent track record of personal service by volunteering for school and district committees, and for two years worked with Dallas ISD as a consultant to help new art teachers launch their own careers.

Because of Melba's professionalism, ITTexas is the perfect home for her to find teacher advocacy and liability protection. She took a break for a few years to enjoy retired married life, but returned in 2020 to teach art half-time at Aledo High School. On the side, she still operates her own photography business out of her home called The Creative Poppy Studio, LLC.

When Melba found ITTexas in 2021, she not only joined immediately, but encouraged her husband to transfer membership as well. Here, she finds her spiritual foundation and conservative beliefs can be openly displayed, and she believes ITTexas' values are a major cure for the ailments currently afflicting public education.

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