• Instructional Technology
    Instructional Technology Team  
    (Front row: Khyati Sanjana, Trashona Walker, Adrian Acosta, Michele Herod, Jillian Estrella)
    (Back row: Alyson Bequette, Shelbi Blackmon, Jocelyn McDonald, John Amenson)

Adrian K. Acosta, Instructional Technology Director

  • Adrian K. Acosta holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Houston. Prior to becoming an educator, Mr. Acosta worked in the chemical and energy sector specializing in technical marketing and research and development. Since joining HISD in 2010, Adrian has served as a secondary science teacher, campus instructional technologist, senior education technology specialist and currently is the Instructional Technolgy Director. Throughout his various roles, he has strived to provide teachers the tools needed to create innovative learning environments. His most current endeavor, the Google for Education project, has brought collaboration tools to teachers and students across the district.

John Amenson, Teacher Development Specialist

  • John Amenson, an instructional technology program specialist with Secondary Curriculum and Development, has been supporting teachers and students with the integration of technology through HISD’s PowerUp program.  He has previously been a secondary math teacher and campus technologist in the district.  Mr. Amenson is a product of HISD himself, having attend Longfellow Elementary and Pershing Middle Schools and graduated from Bellaire High School.  As a lifelong learner, Mr. Amenson is always trying to find new ways of helping students be successful in the classroom and in life.

Michele Herod, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Michele Herod has taught and coached in HISD for a total of 19 years.  She was a self-contained teacher as well as Science Lab for Kindergarten-6th grade.  Ms. Herod became an Elementary Science curriculum specialist in 2006, supporting long-term science professional development before becoming an Elementary TDS in 2011.  She spent five years supporting science, math and piloting the HUB training/implementation, then an additional year with STEM TDS in the TIF4 schools.

Nipa Surati, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Nipa Surati has been working in educational settings for over ten years and is currently working as a teacher development specialist focusing on digital learning at HISD. Working as a TDS, her chief professional responsibility is to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. Her success to coaching is due to building trusting, professional non-evaluative relationships between the teachers and school leaders, and absolute support of enhancing the teacher’s instruction by providing effective, goal-oriented strategies to bridge the gap of the students’ understandings of certain skills. She’s provided multiple district-wide as well as campus-based professional developments that are tailored to the needs based on district and campus-based data. As an aspiring leader in HISD, it is her goal to increase student achievement by growing and supporting teachers with the appropriate tools necessary to provide students with authentic learning experiences.

Trashona Walker, Teacher Development Specialist

  • Trashona Walker-Marks attended Huston-Tillotson University where she studied biology and education, as well as Prairie View A&M University to obtain her teaching certification, Prior to her role in technology, she also worked as a teacher development specialist in both the Science and Special Education departments and worked in the classroom as a special education resource teacher and co-teacher.  As a proud product of HISD schools – Waltrip, Clifton, and Wainwright – Trashona has made education her lifelong mission and strives to help all students and teachers learn and grow through technology.