Judyann Robinson, RTSBA, CSRM | Retired (left) and Meritza Webb, RTSBA | Director of Risk Management | Irving ISD
How did you get your start in school business?
Judyann: I had a bachelor’s degree in business education when I moved to Texas and was initially hired by Central Texas College in Killeen in 1988. After achieving my master’s degree and I started networking in TASBO and was hired into a school district. I worked my way up to a department manager for 11 years before retiring.
Meritza: I stumbled into the school business realm. I came from the private sector and the thought of working within a school district had never crossed my mind. In my mind, school districts were basically for principals, teachers, and students. The business aspect didn't dawn on me until a friend of mine suggested I consider going into HR for a school district...and the rest is history. I have no regrets!
What do you like best about your job and where you work?
Judyann: Risk Management is a very diverse focus that touches every aspect of school district operations. I took pride in establishing rapport across the spectrum to help in the overall mission of educating students.
Meritza: I love that my job allows me to make a positive impact by protecting the district's assets and minimizing disruption to the learning and working environments. Irving ISD provides me with unlimited growth opportunities, as well as encourages me to not only think outside the box but to think like there is no box. The district also sees the return on investment that comes with TASBO membership.
Why do you recommend TASBO to your colleagues? What programs and services do you find useful?
Judyann: The magnitude of support and training is the best resource to do your job with effective professionalism.
Meritza: TASBO provides a wealth of resources to assist with your success as a school business professional. TASBO Connect has been a jewel. I love the collaboration that takes place within the communities.
What is your favorite TASBO training to attend and why?
Judyann: Annual Conference for certification courses, learning sessions, and inspiration from keynote speakers - it is one week that makes a big difference.
Meritza: I love the annual conferences. The breakout sessions and panel discussions allow me to hear first-hand what other districts are doing and receive tools that can be utilized to enhance processes and practices within my district.
What book could you read over and over again?
Judyann: The Bible and Monday Mornings
Meritza: Same Kind of Different as Me
Tell us a fun fact (or two!) about yourself:
Judyann: I love to travel the world and experience different cultures, to care for animals, and be involved with music—the universal language.
Meritza: I love playing and watching sports.
Tell us what it means to you to be TASBO certified?
Judyann: Excellent training to achieve academic recognition that supports a higher degree of best practices and professionalism. It is a perfect opportunity to learn and appreciate other district operations and the significance of collaboration for the betterment of student achievements.
Meritza: TASBO certification is very valuable. I consider it to be the ultimate accolade available in the school business world.
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