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Dr. Robert Wright


College, Career, and Military Readiness

Fort Worth ISD

Grant Administrator

NCTX Aerial Robotics Initiative

Dr. Rob Wright began his educational career sixteen years ago as a Science and Health Science teacher in Grand Prairie ISD. He was a founding Health Science teacher at John A. Dubiski Career High School helping to lead to the successful programming for the campus. Rob then transitioned to Singley Academy in Irving ISD in 2012. Here he contributed to the growth of success for the students in the Health Science and Law Enforcement programs as the Department Chair and HOSA lead.


Rob joined the Keller ISD team as a district administrator in 2016 as a Coordinator working with Career and Technical Education. He was asked to take on a dual role as Principal of the Keller Center for Advanced Learning and Director of Career and Technical Education in 2019. Rob led innovative program development in CTE and CCMR by increasing the programming to 33 successful programs of study through 2023. During the last year of programming at Keller ISD the CCMR readiness percentage rose and the number of Industry Based Certifications increased by 70%. 


In June of 2023, Rob began his new role as Director of College, Career, and Military Readiness for Fort Worth ISD’s 70,000+ students and serves as the grant administrator for NCTX Aerial Robotics. 



Career and Technical Education Coordinator

Fort Worth ISD

Stephanie Tennyson currently serves as a Career and Technical Education Coordinator for Fort Worth ISD. Stephanie has been an educator for 16 years, with 14 years of experience at the secondary level and 2 years of experience at the post-secondary level.


Through various roles, Stephanie has found educators to be a constant source of inspiration, building a strong future workforce and adapting to the dynamic, fast-paced changes of today’s world.


Stephanie is an essential member of the team and has been with NCTX Aerial Robotics Initiative since the very beginning. As an expert in STEM Education, she makes sure that industry-standard equipment, curriculum, and training sessions are provided for all participating school districts. She provides support to assure the highest quality of instruction for students.

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Executive Director


Team Facilitator Organization

NCTX Aerial Robotics Initiative

Daphne Rickard was Executive Director for Fort Worth ISD where she served as the Lead of the NCTX Aerial Robotics Team since its inception four years ago.  Daphne has been an educator for 18 years, with 14 years of experience at the secondary level and 4 years of experience at the post-secondary level. Throughout her tenure in education, Daphne has worked to build programs that provide real-world learning opportunities for all students.

In September of 2023, Daphne begins her role as Executive Director of InterLink, an organization committed to regional quality workforce planning and bridging the gap between business, education, and government in North Central Texas. InterLink has served as NCTX Aerial Robotics Intermediary and Convener for four years. Daphne leads as a motivated, results-oriented collaborator, who has helped to assure unprecedented growth and success of the NCTX Aerial Robotics initiative.  



Educational Consultant

Adjunct Professor

Project Manager

NCTX  Aerial Robotics Initiative

Linda's career in education, with both K12 and university experience, has modeled the importance of partnerships between business and education. Since joining NCTX Aerial Robotics Initiative in 2019, Linda has played a role in the ongoing collaboration among K12, Post-Secondary, and Business/Industry/ Workforce Partners. Her passion for the work is evident in the momentum and growth of the initiative over the past four years.  


School Districts, Workforce, Post-Secondary, Business/Industry



Dr. Rob Wright

Fort Worth ISD

Director College Career and Military Readiness

Lisa Castillo

Fort Worth ISD

Executive Director CCMR and Enrichment


Ann Hartlieb

Fort Worth ISD

STEM Partnership Specialist


Stephanie Tennyson

Fort Worth ISD

Coordinator CTE


Michelle Johnson

Fort Worth ISD

Sr. Compliance Analyst Grants and Development


Dr. Stacy Burrell

Fort Worth ISD

Director Grants Compliance and Monitoring


Stephanie Pollard

Fort Worth ISD

Director of Development Grants and Development


Dr. Linda Anderson

Educational Consultant

Project Manager for NCTX Aerial Robotics STEM Initiative

Dr. Suzanne Murr

Azle ISD

CTE Director

Tyler Harrison

Azle ISD

CTE Teacher


Andrea Anderson

Birdville ISD

Director of CTE and CCMR

Jacob Hildebrand

Birdville ISD

CTE Coordinator

Rebecca Hering

Cleburne ISD

CTE Director


Kimberly Wrick

Crowley ISD

CTE/PTECH Coordinator

Annette Duvall

Crowley ISD

CTE Director

Brian Johnson


Secondary Principal/CTE Director

Dr. Shannon Luis



Courtney Carlton


CTE Teacher

Stephanie Speaks

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

CTE Director

Bodie Carroll

Keller ISD

CTE Director

Keith Killebrew

Keller ISD

CTE Coordinator

Deeann Hampton

Mineral Wells ISD

CTE Director

Jacob Kaspar

Mineral Wells ISD



John Kuhn

Mineral Wells ISD



Melanie Cormack

Strawn ISD

CTE Director


John Eli

Strawn ISD


Dewaine Lee

Strawn ISD


Lisa Harrison

ESC Region 11

Administrator Coach

Chelsea Reeves

ESC Region 11

CTE Coach




Daphne Rickard

North Central Texas InterLink

Executive Director, InterLink

Renee Parker

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Industry Services Unit Director

Ernest Huffman

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Program Manager, Aviation Training and Education

Nicole Johnson

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Danielle Davis

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas

Partnership Development Coordinator




Dr. Candace McGowan

Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus

Director of Academic Affairs - Educational Partnerships


Isaac Rivera

Tarrant County College

District Director of Curriculum and Educational Planning

Richard Vela

Tarrant County College

Director of Academic Affairs Educational Partnerships


James Grant

Tarrant County College

Dean of Aviation, Business and Logistics


Trevor Saylors

Tarrant County College

Coordinator of Division of Aviation, Business and Logistics

Dr. Katsuhiko "Kirk" Oda

Tarrant County College

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Cartography/GIS Coordinator

Dr. Kenneth S. Berry

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lyle School of Engineering

Southern Methodist University

Research Professor

Associate Director of STEM Programs

Dr. Nandika D'Souza

University of North Texas

Regents Professor Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Dr. Kamesh Namuduri

University of North Texas

Professor Electrical Engineering



Tricia Hiros

Bell Textron, Inc.

Project Manager/Focus on Educational Development

Rohn Olson

Bell Textron, Inc.

Senior Tech Fellow


Nathan Wright

Bell Textron, Inc.

Director Product Cyber Security


Mark Robertson

DPR Construction

Senior Field Engineer

Bill Swope, CP

Halff Associates, Inc.

Survey Business Development Manager



Texas Instruments, Inc.


Jason Madison

V3 Consulting Engineers

Electrical Engineer/Project Manager

Desiree Hurst

Yazel Peebles & Associates LLC

Land Surveying and Mapping 

Thomas Harris


Executive Vice President

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