The Senior Staff team is comprised of the Judson Independent School District's executive staff members. This group of administrators is responsible for assisting the Superintendent in addressing the School Board's goals and assisting the Superintendent in management of Judson ISD. The Senior Staff members meet weekly to provide input to the Superintendent on all major operational, programmatic and fiscal issues that affect the District.
Jeanette Ball, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Bill Atkins Assistant Superintendent of Finance Cecilia Davis Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Mary Duhart-Toppen, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent of Academic Programs & Postsecondary Education Milton R. Fields III, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent of Administration & Operations Lacey Gosch Assistant Superintendent of Technology Rebecca Robinson Deputy Superintendent of Staffing Nicole Taguinod, Ed.D. Chief Communications Officer
Assistant Superintendent of Finance
Bill Atkins comes to JISD from Floresville ISD where he has spent the last 4 years as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations. Before Floresville, he served Southwest ISD for 20 years in different administrative positions, the last 10 in its Business and Finance Department. Mr. Atkins hails from Floresville where he graduated high school in 1985. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences and Master’s degree in Administration, both from The University of the Incarnate Word. Before working in education, Mr. Atkins served TXDOT as a Construction Project Manager.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction
Cecilia Davis serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for Judson ISD. She leads the instructional specialists in the development of a robust curriculum and ensures the implementation of best practices through facilitation of quality professional learning. Throughout her tenure in Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Davis has provided leadership in various central office departments, including Federal Programs and Grants, Instructional Technology, Health and Wellness, English Learner Programs, Dyslexia and 504 Services, Response to Intervention, Professional Development, Instructional Materials, Data Research, Testing and Accountability.
Mary Duhart-Toppen, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Programs and Postsecondary Education
Dr. Mary Duhart-Toppen has held a variety of roles at Judson ISD serving as a teacher and department chair for Wagner HS, District Specialist in English and Academic Dean at Judson HS and Principal at Kirby Middle School. She earned her Doctorate of Education (EdD) degree through Walden University. Dr. Duhart-Toppen has proven herself time and again as an accomplished and respected leader.
Milton R. Fields III, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent of Administration & Operations
Dr. Milton "Rob" Fields III is a native of Live Oak, Texas and a Judson High School graduate. Dr. Fields retired from the United States Air Force in 2001 after 20 years of honorable service. He began his career in the Northside Independent School District in 2002 as a Business Teacher and Coach at Taft High School. In 2005, Dr. Fields was named Assistant Principal at the newly opened Stevens High School, and in 2007 he was named Principal of Karen Wagner High School in Judson Independent School District. In 2014, Dr. Fields was named Assistant Superintendent for Operations and in July of 2018 he became Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Operations. Dr. Fields received his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Wayland Baptist University and a dual Master’s degree in Human Resources and Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. In 2016, he received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas A & M at Kingsville.
Assistant Superintendent of Technology
Lacey Gosch comes to JISD as the Assistant Superintendent of Technology after serving the past seven years as the Chief Academic Officer for Navarro ISD. She has held a variety of roles in the corporate and education industries acting as the Senior Vice President of Nixon State Bank, Executive Director of Technology and Director of Instructional Technology for Southwest ISD. She began her career as a high school teacher, serving Judson High School from 2001- 2003. She earned her undergraduate and Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. She is currently completing her Educational Doctorate in Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University.
Deputy Superintendent of Staff
Rebecca Robinson has served in education since 1981 beginning her career as an elementary teacher in the Eagle Pass Independent School District. There she spent more than two decades not only as a teacher, but also as a supervisor for summer school, after-school care, and as a language arts coordinator. She went on to work as a principal and later as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in that district. Her career also includes service as Superintendent of Schools at South San Antonio ISD and Chief Financial Officer at Uvalde CISD spanning from 2012 to 2015. Before coming to Judson ISD in 2018 as Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Ms. Robinson worked as a professional service provider and consultant. Her years of experience and training will provide JISD with effective leadership at many different levels.
Chief Communications Officer
Dr. Nicole Taguinod began her educational career in Judson ISD as a student teacher at Miller’s Point Elementary School. Most of her 17 years in public education has been spent serving the community of Judson as a teacher, campus administrator, and district specialist. She spent two years with San Antonio ISD as the Assistant Director of Testing before returning home to Judson to take on the role of Director of Accountability and Assessment in 2015. In 2020, she was named as the Chief Communications Officer.