Thirteen students will represent Irving ISD at the state TAFE competition. TAFE, short for Texas Association of Future Educators, is a student organization created for students to explore the teaching profession. Students also have the opportunity to compete in education-related contests such as ethical dilemma, where competitors describe how they would handle an outlined situation in the classroom or children’s literature, where students write and illustrate a book.

Travis Waddell, director of the district’s career and technical education program, Signature Studies, is extremely proud of these students. “I am very proud of our TAFE students’ hard work, attention to detail and quality production. They are why our future gets brighter every day.”

The following students placed at the Region X South Conference and have advanced to state competition, which will be held virtually in March.


  • Emily Valenzuela Gurrola, Educational Leadership Fundamentals Test
  • Sponsors are Tarannum Khandekar, Sarah Daniels and Lesley Villalobos-Quintanilla.


  • Daniela Velez, Ethical Dilemma
  • Jaison Rodriguez, Ethical Dilemma
  • Emily Gomez, Lesson Planning and Delivery – CTE
  • Ruben Martinez, Public Speaking
  • Karla Sandoval, Teacher-Created Materials – Middle/High School
  • Madison Gonzalez, Teacher-Created Materials – Middle/High School
  • Jaylena Alvarado, Children’s Literature – PreK
  • Laura Guadian, Children’s Literature – PreK
  • Michael James, Educational Leadership Fundamentals Test.
  • Emma Grace Haley, Educational Leadership Fundamentals Test
  • Vanessa Ozuna, Educational Leadership Fundamentals Test
  • Lesly Herrera, Educational Leadership Fundamentals Test
  • Sponsors are Lavonne Carpenter and Kathy Papathopoulos.

Congratulations, and best of luck!