Member Spotlight: Dr. Tyrone Sylvester

About Dr. Sylvester

I completed a Bachelors of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University, Masters of Education from Prairie View A&M University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I consider myself to be a well-rounded human resource professional who is passionate about acquiring, developing, and retaining quality talent to meet various needs of school organizations. I’ve been very blessed in my professional career to have worked with some of the greatest educators and human resource professionals in the state of Texas. My career started as a band director in Beaumont ISD in 1994. I served eleven years in Alief ISD; four as an assistant principal and seven as the campus principal of O’Donnell Middle School. In 2008, I was afforded an amazing opportunity to serve Spring ISD as a director of human resources and in 2015, moved to Goose Creek CISD to serve the Baytown and Highlands school communities as a director of human resources. To establish myself as a credible human resource professional in the strategic and policy-making aspects of human resource management, I obtained the following professional credentials for human resources:

  • SPHR issued by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
  • SHRM-SCP issued by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • pHCLE issued by Battelle for Kids and the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA)

Most recently, I am honored and super-excited to serve on the TASPA 2019 Executive Board as the District II Representative.

Biggest challenges facing school HR administrators today?

An obvious challenge in the education industry is the critical shortage of quality teaching talent making it increasingly difficult for school organizations to acquire the teaching talent needed to meet the instructional needs of their school communities. In 2019, it is paramount for school organizations to be strategic and intentional in their workforce planning, organizational branding, recruitment and selection processes, professional development, support, and pay structure. A key component of any organization’s success is acquiring the right people and getting them in the right place. I strongly believe that for school organizations to be successful at meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students, it is imperative for human resource leaders to be fully-vested partners in the decision-making process.

Advice to those new to Human Resources?

One of the greatest resources available to you are the human resource professionals in the school districts within your region or area. It’s important that you network and get to know these individuals as you will find them to be a wealth of information. The collaborative spirit of human resources inspires us to willingly share documents, pay information, and various human resource processes with one another. Your colleagues will literally send you a document for you to put your district name on it and use it. This is the caliber of professionals in your human resource network. Never be afraid to ask questions or seek input from other experienced human resource leaders. There are many of us who have been doing this 10-20 years and we often have questions because human resources in the education industry is continuously changing and evolving. As you embark upon the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, I pray that you are granted the SERENITY to accept the things you cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things you can, and WISDOM to know the difference.



It was a pleasure learning more about Dr. Tyrone Sylvester and his service to Goose Creek CISD as well as to TASPA.  We look forward to learning more about our TASPA members' accomplishments.  If you would like to recommend a fellow TASPA member to be spotlighted in our next edition of TASPA HR Connection, please contact Chandelle Crane.

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