The Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD) is a shining beacon of excellence in the vast educational landscape, a testament to the exceptional stewardship of Dr. Yolanda Marusich Rey. Dr. Rey served at the helm of this association for a remarkable 22 years, and as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement, let us warmly reflect on her insightful impact on Texas education, which her visionary leadership and dedication have profoundly influenced.
Dr. Rey retired as the Executive Director/CEO for Texas ASCD, a state affiliate of ASCD, after twenty-two years of leadership and service in June 2023. Based in Austin, Texas, she worked with educators from 1100+ school districts in the state in professional learning programs and educational advocacy. Under Dr. Rey’s steadfast leadership, Texas ASCD has become synonymous with excellence in curriculum and instructional leadership. Her commitment to the association has been nothing short of extraordinary. Dr. Debra Nelson, a former Texas ASCD Board member, shared, “Dr. Rey is the consummate educator who devoted her entire life to improving education for students all across Texas. After retiring from public education, she willingly stepped up to take over the reins of Texas ASCD, where she returned the Association to be the premier Curriculum and Instruction powerhouse. Texas school leaders are most grateful for her years of leadership and service.”
An avid supporter of education, Dr. Rey has been a member of ASCD Worldwide for over 30 years, where she has served as a member of the ASCD Board of Directors and on select committees. Walter McKenzie, ASCD’s Senior Director for Member Communities, noted, “During my tenure here with ASCD, Yolanda has been a leader and role model for executive directors and a friend and colleague to many of us. Under her guidance, Texas ASCD achieved remarkable growth and transformation, establishing itself as a leading ASCD affiliate, even during turbulent times. She led her board through challenges, celebrated triumphs, and consistently worked to elevate the field of education in Texas.” Walter continued, “Yolanda was an unwavering advocate for the association’s mission and a champion for the Whole Child in all aspects. She was pivotal in orienting new executive directors and organizing affiliate meetings at the annual conference. She maintained open communication with headquarters and consistently pushed boundaries with innovative ideas and the collective voice of Texas educators. We are profoundly grateful for her contributions in advancing the profession and promoting ASCD.”
During her time at Texas ASCD, Dr. Rey created many systems and programs. According to Dr. Elizabeth A. Clark, Birdville ISD’s Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability, “Dr. Rey is a visionary woman with the courage to turn her visions into actions. Under her leadership, Texas ASCD achieved remarkable feats even with limited resources. We consistently hosted outstanding annual conferences, a highly successful Curriculum Leadership Academy, and various other academies, seminars, and institutes, covering diverse educational topics and conducted at various locations across the state. The learning opportunities provided to Texas educators through Texas ASCD have been monumental. This alone is a legacy that merits celebration! I firmly believe this would not have been possible without Dr. Rey’s vision and courage.”
“Through Dr. Rey’s incomparable leadership, Texas ASCD continues to be recognized as a leading organization for educators!” said Dr. Janis Jordan, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Northside ISD and Texas ASCD Board of Director executive committee member and former board president.
Dr. Rey’s mentorship has been exemplary, extending advice and influence to numerous professionals, including her dedicated staff. Her ability to empower others and foster a growth-oriented workplace has left an indelible mark. Laura Stubbins, Managing Director at Texas ASCD, reflects, “Dr. Rey’s influence on my career, imparting the essence of leadership and collaboration, is immeasurable. I am profoundly thankful for her guidance.”
Before becoming the Executive Director for Texas ASCD, Dr. Rey spent another career in public school systems, mainly with El Paso ISD. She experienced education as a classroom teacher, curriculum/instructional consultant, director, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Education in Reading, and a Ph.D. in Education with honors from New Mexico State University. Dr. Rey has been awarded the YWCA Reach Award for Outstanding Achievement and participated in professional learning with the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Superintendents Prepared Program in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Yolanda M. Rey’s retirement after 22 years as the Executive Director/CEO of Texas ASCD marks the conclusion of an era. Her visionary leadership, unwavering dedication, and selfless contributions have transformed Texas ASCD into a premier educational association. We celebrate her legacy, fully aware that her impact on Texas education will continue to shine brightly. Thanks to Dr. Rey, Texas ASCD will proudly carry her legacy forward.