Board and Leadership

Natalie Texada
Chief Academic Officer

Natalie Texada is Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of Texas Center for Arts + Academics (TCAA). Before becoming CAO, Mrs. Texada operated as Principal of Texas School of the Arts (TeSA), a TCAA elementary charter school offering an arts-based education to artistically gifted children in grades kindergarten through six. She served in this capacity for six years.

In addition to her prior role as TeSA principal, Mrs. Texada was most recently Director of TRIO Upward Bound at Texas Christian University. Previously, she worked with Fort Worth Independent School District as a site supervisor for Fort Worth After School at Sunrise-McMillian Elementary School. Mrs. Texada was instrumental in founding Academy of Performing and Visual Arts (2007-2009), a non-profit organization. Its purpose was to establish an open enrollment charter school.

Her classroom experience includes serving as a Dallas ISD teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School and W.H. Gaston Middle School. An artist herself, Mrs. Texada was a scholarship student and an apprentice with Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City, as well as a professional dancer. She enjoyed a successful touring career with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Mrs. Texada is an education doctoral student at Texas Christian University. She holds a Master of Education degree in educational administration from Texas Christian University, a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and currently serves on the Educational Service Center Region 11 Board of Directors as the charter schools representative.

Sheyna Ferraro
Dance Conservatory Director

Sheyna Ferraro is an active member of the arts community as a teacher, organization leader, and a former professional dancer. High quality, accessible arts training is Ms. Ferraro’s passion. A graduate from Leadership Fort Worth's Leading Edge program, she serves as a board member for FurtherDance Fort Worth and Expanco and co-founded the Fort Worth Dance Forum. Ms. Ferraro joined the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family in 2003 as a member of the FWAFA dance faculty where she continues to teach and direct their Academy Dance Company. In 2015, Ms. Ferraro was named the Director of the Texas Dance Conservatory and has taken on the role of Director for TCAA’s newest program, the Texas Art Conservatory.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance from Texas Christian University. Even before graduating from TCU, Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs. She enjoyed performing with both Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth before retiring from performing to focus on teaching. A life-long learner, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship in 2012 and in the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance. Ms. Ferraro encourages young artists to be life-long learners as she influences them through her dance classes and her organizational involvements.

2018-2019 Board of Directors