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We partner with schools and communities to achieve student success.

2101 West Loop 340
Waco, TX  76702 (map)
Phone: (254) 297-1212
Main Fax: (254) 666-0823


 

Hours of Operation: 
Monday - Thursday:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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TEXAS EDUCATION SERVICE CENTERS EXIST TO SUPPORT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Education Service Center Region 12 is a nonprofit service organization devoted to supporting educators and school personnel in their efforts to increase student achievement. We are passionate about helping schools of all sizes through effective professional development, expert assistance, direct services and alternative certifications.


Everything we do focuses on helping schools save money and leverage resources—driving more money to students in the classroom—where it matters most. Our effective, economical programs and services are focused on assisting schools in three impact areas: educator success, resource development and community outreach.

  • Region 12 schools rely on us to provide relevant, affordable professional development and support to teachers, personnel and school boards. Training is developed in response to state and federal requirements, best practices and student needs. Many staff and students in rural areas would not have access to these resources otherwise.  View our training opportunities >
  • As legislators seek to resolve complicated funding issues with the Texas school finance system, education service centers are working hard to help schools operate more efficiently. Efficient operations means that more dollars can be directed to the classroom, which is critically important to adequately prepare students for higher education and careers. These services are available to schools on demand, which also saves significant dollars in staffing. 
  • Education is our highest priority. The success of our students depends on the unified leadership of Texas legislators, educators, business leaders
    and communities. ESC Region 12 is proud to serve as a hub for two-way communication and collaboration as we seek better ways to improve Texas education.

For an overview of our ESC's impact and performance details for ourselves and our region in 2014-2015, please enjoy the resources provided below.

 

 

Vision & Mission
The Education Service Center Region 12 provides professional training and technical assistance for the purpose of improving student performance for all students. Per HB 452, resources and services provided by ESC Region 12 are aligned with, and designed to support, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education.

Vision
Innovative Solutions. Empowered Learners. Educated Communities.

Mission
We partner with schools and communities to achieve student success.


Strategic Priorities
ESC Region 12 is committed to the Continuous Improvement Model for enhancing programs and services as defined in the following four strategic priorities:

-Assist school districts in improving student performance

-Assist school districts in increasing effectiveness and economy of operations

-Assist school districts in the implementation of statewide and regional initiatives

-Provide timely and relevant information as the key to productive partnerships with schools and communities

 

Quality Policy
Provide services and solutions of the highest standards to satisfy our customers’ expectations.

Fiscal Goal
Maintain resource sustainability and growth through the delivery of superior and cost-effective services and solutions.

Green Initiative
Establish and sustain a commitment to continuously improve the ESC Region 12 environmental footprint.

Texas System of Education Service Centers

ESC Region 12 is one of 20 Education Service Centers in Texas and is a part of the Texas System of ESCs. Learn more at http://www.texasresc.net.

Public Information Requests

Please send public information requests to publicinformationrequests@esc12.net. 

Or fill out our Public Records Request form. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jerry G. Maze
Executive Director

Phone: (254) 297-1201
Email: jmaze@esc12.net

 

Dr. Jerry Maze is the Executive Director for Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 in Waco, which provides cost-saving services, professional development and support to 76 school districts and 9 charter schools in 12 Central Texas counties. 

Maze has served in education for 30 years in various districts and capacities, including teacher, director, consultant, principal and superintendent. Prior to joining ESC Region 12 he served as superintendent in Hillsboro and Hubbard ISDs.

Maze received his Doctorate of Education from Lamar University and his Master of Education from Sam Houston State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Journalism from Texas A&M University and holds certifications in Secondary English and Journalism, Texas professional mid-management and Texas superintendent.

Maze has a genuine spirit of collaboration and a passion for creating a culture of high expectations and innovative thinking. Through his vision, the ESC Region 12 Technology Foundation was formed in 2012, to help schools place instructional technology into the hands of Region 12 students. The foundation has awarded more than $210,000 in grants to 22 school districts and two charter schools, benefitting over 6,000 students. He continually searches for strategic partnerships and solutions that will help increase student achievement and save schools money.

Most recently, he initiated a partnership between Baylor University and Huckabee, a planning and design firm, to create the Learning Experience Laboratories, or LEx Labs. The labs, located at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), is test the next-generation of innovative classrooms and laboratories in a nearly 6,000 square foot educational research facility. This innovative partnership will support training and research in the science, technology, engineering & mathematics.

Maze and his wife Sherry reside in Waco. They have five children and four grandchildren. He enjoys photography, playing with his grandchildren, reading and fishing.

 

  • Dr. Jerry Maze is Executive Director for Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 in Waco, which provides cost-saving services, professional development and support to 76 school districts and 9 charter schools in 12 Central Texas counties. Maze became executive director in May of 2011. His vision for the Center is to provide and continue to develop innovative, responsive and relevant solutions for the needs of school personnel and students. The Center employs 210 employees, including offsite employees that serve in school districts as part of several large grants.

     




    Experience

    Maze has served in education for 30 years in various capacities, including as a teacher, director, consultant, high school principal, superintendent and as an executive director. 

    Originally from southeast Texas, Maze began his education career as an English teacher at Livingston Middle School, and later taught English and journalism at Livingston High School. He worked as assistant principal, associate principal for curriculum and instruction and then as principal of Livingston High School. Maze served as the media/public relations consultant for Livingston and developed the district’s public relations and bond communication programs. He also served as director of community and academic alternative programs and advanced the development of district-wide academic support programs for serving at-risk students, including acceleration, credit recovery and a school of choice. In this position, he also managed district communications, community programs and a multi-million dollar scholarship program.

    While serving as superintendent at Hubbard and then in Hillsboro, Maze emphasized student achievement and focused on financial efficiency. In Hubbard, he led the district through the construction and opening of a new middle school. In addition, he established a district/community scholarship foundation.

    Prior to his current role, he served for three years as associate executive director for administrative leadership & business services at ESC Region 12. In this position, he managed many areas including school finance, administrative leadership and regional satellite offices. He also created the Superintendents’ Leadership Academy.

    Maze has a genuine spirit of collaboration and a passion for creating a culture of high expectations and innovative thinking. Through his vision, the ESC Region 12 Technology Foundation was formed in 2012, to help schools place instructional technology into the hands of Region 12 students. The foundation has awarded more than $210,000 in grants to 22 school districts and two charter schools. He continually searches for strategic partnerships and solutions that will help increase student achievement and save schools money. Most recently, he initiated a partnership between Baylor University and Huckabee, a planning and design firm, to create the Learning Experience Laboratories, or LEx Labs. The labs, located at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), were designed to test the next-generation of innovative classrooms and laboratories in a nearly 6,000 square foot educational research facility. This innovative partnership will support training and research in the science, technology, engineering & mathematics.

     

     

     




    Awards

    Maze received the national E. Robert Stephens Award in 2011 from the Association of Education Service Agencies (AESA) for research and writing in connection with his dissertation study on education service centers in Texas, “Superintendent Perceptions of their Professional Development in Leadership for Student Achievement at Texas Regional Education Service Centers.” 

     

     

     




    Service

    Maze is passionate about giving back to his industry and community. He is president of the national Association of Education Service Agencies and serves as the southern regional representative. He serves on the boards of McLennan County Pack of Hope, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Advisory Committee and Prosper Waco. He also serves as a superintendent mentor for TASA, and is a faculty member for international programs at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. 

     

     

     




    Education

    Maze received his Doctorate of Education degree from Lamar University and his Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism from Texas A&M University and holds certifications in Secondary English and Journalism, Texas professional mid-management and Texas superintendent.

     

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The center is governed by an eight-member board of directors, seven elected by members of local district boards of trustees and one from a charter school. The panel oversees the center’s budget and develops policies regarding management, operations, programs and services. 

Joe PirtleJOE PIRTLE, Chairman 
Bell County

Joe Pirtle has been an educator since 1954, beginning as a teacher and coach in Belton ISD and ultimately filling the role of Belton ISD Superintendent from 1975 to 1997. Mr. Pirtle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Administrative Education from Southwest Texas State University. He has been a long time member and leader in organizations supporting education throughout Texas. Mr. Pirtle was named Region 12 Superintendent of the Year in 1994 and has served on the ESC Region 12 Board of Directors since 1997.

 

Bill KillianBILL KILLIAN, Vice-Chairman 
McLennan County

Bill Killian graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University followed by a Master of Science in School Administration from Baylor University in 1982. His career in education began in Crosbyton,Texas, as a history teacher and coach for junior high football, basketball and track. Throughout his career, he also filled the roles of Junior High Athletic Coordinator and Principal in Midway ISD. Mr. Killian retired in 2005 and has served as a member of the ESC Region 12 Board of Directors since 2006.

 

Connie WhiteCONNIE Z. WHITE, Secretary 
Coryell & Hamilton Counties

Connie Z. White is a graduate of Baylor University, having received a Bachelor of Science in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate in 1980. In addition to her work in administrative law, Dr. White served on the school board of Hamilton ISD from 1993 to 1999. She has always been interested in and enjoyed serving public education and is proud that her daughter received an excellent education in Hamilton ISD and chose teaching as her career. Dr. White has served as a member of the ESC Region 12 Board of Directors since 2004. 

 

aneumannALEXIS NEUMANN
Charter Schools

Alexis Neumann received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1999 and her MBA in 2003, both from Texas Tech. In 2010, she completed her Ph.D. at Baylor University in the field of Educational Psychology. She has been involved in education as a researcher, practitioner, adjunct, teacher, administrator in higher education and administrator in K-12. She has been at Rapoport Academy since 2010 and is now Superintendent. Dr. Neumann joined the ESC Region 12 Board of Directors in 2015.

Rex DanielsREX DANIELS 
Lampasas & Mills Counties

Rex Daniels entered the field of education in 1971 as a teacher and coach in Garland ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A & M University and a Master of Arts in Education from Stephen F. Austin University. He has filled the roles of assistant principal and principal, and retired in 2006 as an Assistant Superintendent in Lampasas ISD. Mr. Daniels is a past member of the Texas Association of School Personnel Directors, lifetime member of the Texas Association of School Administrators and a member of the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has been a board member for ESC Region 12 since 2007. 


Bill TarletonBILL TARLETON
Bosque & Hill Counties

Bill Tarleton was born in Lubbock and attended public schools there. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.  Mr. Tarleton holds Texas certifications in Elementary 1-8; Special Education, all level; Educational Diagnostician; Mid-Management and Superintendent.  He has taught in Lubbock ISD, Klondike ISD, and Dawson ISD (Dawson County). Mr. Tarleton has been an elementary and secondary principal in Big Spring ISD, a special education director for Bi-County SSA (Dawson and Borden Counties) and a Superintendent in Abbott ISD and Hico ISD respectively. Mr. Tarleton recently retired, after 35 years in public education, from ESC Region 12 where he served as Director of Special Education and Field Service Agent. Mr. Tarleton is an Eagle Scout.  He is a past president and lifetime member of TREA (Texas Rural Educators Association).  He and his wife Sheryl have seven adult children and seven grandchildren and reside in Whitney, Texas.


J TurpinJOHN TURPIN 
Falls & Limestone Counties

John Turpin graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He began his career in education in 1982, teaching and coaching in Lovelady, Texas. In 1997, he received his Master's in Education from Stephen R. Austin University. Mr. Turpin worked in a number of districts before finally settling in Mexia ISD, where he served as teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He retired in 2013 after 31 years in education. Mr. Turpin joined the ESC Region 12 Board of Directors in 2015.

 

S LaneSARAH LANE
Freestone & Navarro Counties

Sarah Lane began her career in education in San Antonio, Texas after graduating from Baylor University in 1964. She taught high school for Fox Tech High School in San Antonio, Center Jr. High and Wortham High School, finishing her career as TAAS Director for Wortham ISD in 2001. In addition, Mrs. Lane served a year as the Visual Education Specialist for the State Health Department in Austin. She became a member of the ESC Region 12 board of directors in 2005.

  • Board Meeting Dates 
    October 13, 2016

    December 15, 2016 

    February 23, 2017

    April 20, 2017

    June 15, 2017

    August 17, 2017

Since 1967, the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 in Waco has employed dedicated staff members who provide an array of programs and services to regional districts and charter schools. 

ESC Region 12 is one of 20 centers located throughout the state of Texas. Originally setup by the Texas Legislature authorized the State Board of Education, the goal of the centers is to provide quality training and support to educators and school districts.

Within 6 years, the center’s services and programs outgrew its offices and moved from offices at Baylor University to a larger site in downtown Waco. As the counties in Region 12 continued to expand, so did the need for educational support. In March 1994, the center moved to the facility in which it resides today.

ESC Region 12 continues to experience growth in size and the services it provides to educators, districts and charter schools. Still located in the heart of Central Texas, the center maintains its pledge to provide professional development and technical assistance for the purpose of improving student performance for all students.

The center does not have tax levying or bonding authority, but receives revenue from three primary sources: federal, state and local. The center is governed by an eight-member board of directors, seven elected by members of local district boards of trustees and one from a charter school. The panel oversees the center’s budget and develops policies regarding management, operations, programs and services. In addition, it is empowered to employ and dismiss an executive director, subject to the approval of the State Commissioner of Education.

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