Abbott appoints G-PISD’s Barbie Ezell to particular schooling committee

Gregory-Portland ISD Director of Special Education Barbie Ezell was recently appointed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education.

She will serve among a team of six professionals through Feb. 1, 2025. The committee will provide policy guidance for special education and related services for children with disabilities in the state.

Ezell said her highest priority has been serving G-PISD’s children.

“It’s humbling to assume this role and help influence the advancement of best practices through policy for students across the state,” Ezell said in a news release. “They are counting on us, as a community and as public educators, to fully support them and provide opportunities that will truly change their lives in a positive way.”

Barbie Ezell, Gregory-Portland ISD's director of special education, was selected to be part of Gov.  Greg Abbott's Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education.  She will serve with the committee through Feb. 1, 2025.

Superintendent Michelle Cavazos said Ezell’s commitment, expertise and passion for serving students made her an excellent choice for this committee.

“Those of us who serve at G-PISD with Ms. Ezell know what an asset she is to our organization, and to our children,” Cavazos said in the news release. “We are thankful to know that she has been appointed, and her voice along with other talented educators will be heard in Austin to echo the needs and expectations of Texas students and their families.”

Ezell has been with the district for eight years and served other school districts across the region beforehand. She is a member and House of Delegates representative for Region 2 of the Texas Council for Administrators of Special Education.


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John Oliva covers education and community news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a subscription to the Caller-Times.


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