CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Education Service Center, Region Two (ESC-2), hosted a keynote presentation from Mayor Nelda Martinez titled “Honoring the Community’s Unsung Educational Heroes,” during the third annual “Low Incidence Disabilities Conference of South Texas” on Thursday, Aug.14, at the Education Service Center, Region 2 in downtown Corpus Christi.
“The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for families and practitioners to share information, learn effective research-based practices, network with one another, and connect with community resources,” said Dr. Karen McCaleb, Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean for the College of Education. “This year, we were honored to have Mayor Nelda Martinez as our keynote speaker. Her message was a poignant, uplifting tribute to those who support individuals with significant support needs.”
Martinez has served as a Trustee for the Christus Spohn Health System Foundation and as a Board Member of Foster Angels of South Texas, an organization supporting foster children. She has a long history of making a positive difference in helping community organizations and has made several appearances at the ESC-2 to offer support and words of encouragement.
The conference continued through Thursday, Aug. 14, and Friday, Aug. 15. Parents, teachers, therapists, and support staff who serve students with low incidence disabilities were invited to attend the informative conference.
Guests left the conference with practical strategies to promote success and independence. The conference included general sessions, the opportunity to attend concurrent workshop sessions, and an exhibit area for collaborating with vendors.