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Cynthia Pavon

Kristi Krajca
CTE Director

Kelly Brown
CTE Coordinator
Oversees Programs: Architecture & Construction; Law Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; STEM; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Leigh Farley
CTE Coordinator
Oversees Programs: Interior Design, Fashion Design, Education & Training, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Marketing

Jennifer Martin
CTE Coordinator
Oversees Programs: Arts, A/V Technology & Communication, Business Management & Administration, Finance, Information Technology

Clarissa Block
CTE Counselor Facilitator
Responsible for: CTE Dual Credit, CTE Counselors, 8th Grade Endorsements, Vanguard Admissions & IBC Tracking

Chelsea Hogue
CTE Facilitator
Responsible for: CTSO Travel, CTE Marketing, CTE Showcase, Business Partners and BRE Representative 


Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes combine high-quality, rigorous instruction with real-life experiences to prepare students for the future. Mesquite CTE offers 36 programs of study that equip students to achieve at high levels whether they are starting college, attending a technical school, or entering the workforce after high school graduation.

Students are also offered opportunities to earn paid and unpaid work experience, state and nationally recognized professional certifications, and college credits through dual-credit programs with with Dallas College. CTE courses help prepare students for a variety of real-world careers and the goal for our CTE program is to produce young adults who think critically and independently, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively in today’s world.

Campus CTE Counselors

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John Horn HS
Leslie Thomas


Mesquite HS
Alauna Hollingsworth

Poteet HS
Jaime Mansfield


Kimberly Gamble


Brandi Brice

Vanguard HS

Elizabeth Baker
Lead Counselor

Rusty Manning

Candace Norwood

Pamela Cross


Mesquite Independent School District offers career and technical education programs in Architecture and Construction, Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications, Business, Marketing, and Finance, Education and Training, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law and Public Service, Manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.  Admission to these programs is dependent upon interest and aptitude, age appropriateness and availability of class space.

It is the policy of Mesquite ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. 

Mesquite ISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs. 

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinators at or, 972-882-7324, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator at, 972-882-7314.