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ESC Region 12 Board of Directors Names New Executive Director
Graphic that says Welcome Kenny Berry Executive DirectorWACO, TX – After a search led by John Bass of the Association of Education Service Agencies, The Education Service Center Region 12 Board of Directors, with the approval of the Texas Commissioner of Education, has hired Kenny Berry as the next Executive Director of ESC Region 12. Berry, who is currently the superintendent of Clyde CISD in Region 14, will officially begin his new duties on April 1, 2024. Berry will replace Jerry Maze, Ed.D., who retired at the end of January.

“I am excited to join the ESC Region 12 team and build on the strong tradition of first-class service that has been established,” Berry said. “I look forward to connecting personally with stakeholders and working together for the students of our region.”

Berry has worked in Texas public education for over 20 years and has experience at various levels in K-12 education. Before becoming superintendent of Clyde CISD in 2017, Berry served as a campus-level administrator at Clyde CISD and Levelland ISD and as a classroom teacher at Levelland ISD and Canyon ISD.

During his time as superintendent of Clyde CISD, Berry focused on building a positive environment for staff and forging community partnerships. He facilitated staff satisfaction measures to develop a culture of value and respect for staff and implemented a district vision of developing leaders at all levels. Externally, Berry formed a partnership with a neighboring school district to expand career and technical education for students and built relationships with city leadership to make an impact on students and the community. 

As Executive Director of ESC Region 12, Berry will serve as the chief administrator and work to further the nonprofit service organization’s mission to support educators and school personnel in their efforts to improve student outcomes. The service center has approximately 230 employees and serves 77 school districts and nine charter schools in Central Texas.


ESC Region 12 Recognizes 2024 Regional Counselors of the Year
Picture of the 2024 Region 12 Counselor of the Year WinnersWACO, TX – Education Service Region 12 honored the 2024 Counselors of the Year and others during Friday's 11th Annual School Counselor Appreciation Luncheon.

This year, the 2024 Elementary Counselor of the Year is Chantel Gunness of Hillcrest PDS in Waco ISD. The 2024 Secondary Counselor of the Year is Wanda Riggs of Valley Mills High School in Valley Mills ISD. ESC Region 12 also awards a special category to recognize a school counselor who serves an entire K-12 district. This year’s 2024 “Lone Ranger” School Counselor of the Year is Lara Herd of Frost ISD.

"ESC Region 12 had the privilege of recognizing excellence in school counseling programs in the Heart of Texas on Friday,” said Jeni Janek, the counseling services coordinator at ESC Region 12. “School Counselors take care of campuses for many diverse needs, from school safety to college and career readiness, to mental health programs and guidance lessons. We were very thankful for the chance to lift them up and watch them shine". 

This event, which started at ESC Region 12, has now grown across the state as other regions honor school counselors in similar ways. Partners Cedar Crest Residential Treatment Center, Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network, McLennan Community College and Texas State Technical College helped recognize the work and dedication of Region 12 school counselors. Recognitions included retiring counselors, Regional Crisis Response Team members, Counselor Advisory Board and Elite School Counselors. 

View more event photos here.