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TCEA Welcomes Justin Yepez as Area 19 Director
April 8, 2024

Austin, Texas: TCEA is delighted to introduce Justin Yepez to the TCEA Board of Directors as the newly elected director for Area 19. Stepping into his 3-year term as a fresh addition to the board, Justin joins 21 fellow educators in supporting TCEA’s mission of advancing teaching and learning through technology. 

Yepez, currently serving as an Elementary Campus Teaching Coach at Barron Elementary School in El Paso ISD, holds an impressive educational background. With a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in elementary education and a master’s degree in education administration. His commitment to professional development is evident through his numerous certifications, including Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 and 2, Apple Teacher, and Google-certified Level 1, among others.

Throughout his career, Yepez has been recognized for his innovative contributions to education. He was honored with the Microsoft Innovation Pioneer Award in 2023 and named Teacher of the Year at Carroll T. Welch Elementary for the 2020-2021 academic year. With roles ranging from teacher to technology coach to instructional technology coordinator, Yepez has consistently demonstrated his passion for enhancing classroom experiences through technology.

“As an ed tech advocate who believes in enhancing the classroom with technology, I want to make TCEA more visible to educators in the region,” said Yepez. “More educators should be aware of TCEA’s professional development opportunities.”

In his new capacity, Yepez aims to strengthen partnerships and increase awareness of TCEA’s professional development offerings. He envisions a future where TCEA plays a central role in supporting educators and enhancing learning experiences through technology.

“We are thrilled to welcome Justin Yepez to the TCEA board,” said TCEA Executive Director, Lori Gracey. “His dedication to education and passion for technology make him an invaluable addition to our team. We look forward to working together to advance TCEA’s mission and empower educators across the region.”

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TCEA ( is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education since 1980. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK–16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, online and print publications, and collaborations with higher education and business.