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    ESSA Consultants

     Tami KnightTami Knight provides support in the areas of Title I-A, Title II-A, Title IV-A, Title V (both RLIS & SRSA) and School Improvement grant programs.  In addition to these federal programs, she also provides support in the State Compensatory Education program. Supplemental to the basic Title I and ESSA services, the majority of Region 15 districts contract with the ESC for assistance in completing the ESSA Consolidated Application and Compliance Reports and a few other ESSA related grant programs.Tami began working as an Education Specialist for Federal and State Programs at Region 15 in July 2014.  Prior to her work at Region 15, Tami worked in San Angelo ISD for 16 years in the roles of Instructional Specialist (6 years) and elementary teacher (10 years). She is currently in the dissertation phase working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership Policy through Texas Tech University.

    Martha SaucedoMartha Saucedo assists districts with the same programs as Tami: ESSA (in general), Title I-A, Title II-A, Title IV-A, Title V (RLIS/SRSA), School Improvement and State Compensatory Ed (SCE). In recent months, Martha has also begun providing support with stimulus funds in response to COVID19. Martha has worked in Special Education and in general education as a Family Consumer Science teacher for over ten years. In the last three years, she has worked in Curriculum and Instruction for Region 15, as an Education Specialist, with a primary focus on new teachers. Martha is the 2016 Secondary Region 15 and Texas Teacher of the Year, the H.E.B Excellence in Education Leadership Award Winner, and the 2017 Region II Family Consumer Science Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of Angelo State University and is passionate about making a difference in education

    Mercedez Rassi works alongside Tami and Martha providing support in the areas of Title I-A, Title II-A, Title IV-A, Title V (both RLIS & SRSA) and School Improvement grant programs, as well asMercedez Rassi Coronavirus relief stimulus funding. Mercedez has experience in education, nonprofit management, development, and fundraising. Previously, Mercedez worked for Region 15 in Federal Programs from 2019-2020. During her stint away from the ESC, she worked for a local nonprofit organization as the Director of Stewardship and Development, raising over a million dollars through grants and fundraising. Her other work history includes teaching at the middle school level and serving as a Migrant Recruiter for San Angelo Independent School District. In her free time, Mercedez spends time with her husband and two kids, volunteers as a catechism teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral, serves as Treasurer for Angelo Catholic School's Home and School Association, and has made it her mission to rank every cheeseburger in San Angelo from best to worst. 

    Monica Diaz

     Monica Diaz has joined the Title I team as the Parent & Family Engagement Specialist. She is also the Migrant Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Specialist/Recruiter and helps with the marketing team at the ESC. Monica has spent the last 14 years serving migrant families and helping migrant students break down academic barriers. When she works with our migrant population, she goes out into the fields to find and recruit out-of-school youth and assist them in obtaining their HS diploma/GED and helps provide them with the appropriate services needed to be successful in school. In addition, she has done many workshops and trainings at districts and in the community bringing awareness and support to the migrant population. Monica has always been involved in assisting and providing support to migrant parents and families. We are excited for her to jump in to our team to bring her knowledge and expertise in working with parents and families. Please be on the lookout for new and exciting opportunities to increase parent and family engagement workshops/trainings. In her free time, Monica enjoys being a mother to three children, a Spanish GED instructor in her community, and is working toward her PhD in Educational Leadership Policy through Texas Tech University.