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Cherie Countryman

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

BTWHSPVA is excited to introduce our new Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Cherie A. Rivero Countryman!  Mrs. Countryman is a model of what it means to be a scholar artist as both a performing artist and a teacher leader. 

Mrs. Countryman is excited to transition into her new administrative role after teaching at Booker T. for the past ten years. During this time, she has served our students as Director of the Academic Conservatory and Social Studies Department Chair. She has encouraged our students to cultivate diversity and transform society while teaching all of the social studies including AP United States History, Government, Economics, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, World History, and World Geography. 

Among her many initiatives, Mrs. Countryman took the lead in the development of the now robust Flex curriculum which has become a district-wide example of an integrated social emotional learning teacher-student mentoring program. She’s also an active member of the Crossroads Cohort, a group of teachers on campus who meet monthly to discuss inequities in the student body and in our society at large. In the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. Countryman was a last-round finalist for Dallas ISD’s Teacher of the Year and was recognized for the phenomenal work she does each and every day on our campus. 

Earlier this month, Mrs. Countryman completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas at Dallas through Dallas ISD’s LEAD program and is ready to transition into her new leadership role. She also studied Radio, Television, and Film for her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and has a Masters in Mass Communication from Texas State University-San Marcos.  

When she is not at school, Mrs. Countryman can be found singing with Absolute Entertainment DFW cover bands or spending time with friends and family, including her four adorable children: Charlize, Chelsie, CJ, and Connor (aka the “Countrykids”). She believes that arts education is essential in creating a better society and is excited to make an even bigger difference in students' lives.  

ccountryman@dallasisd.org| 972-925-1211 | Room 165e


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Dr. Cedric Barrett

Dean of Operations

Cedric Barrett is a native of Dallas, Texas and a product of the Dallas Independent School District. Dr. Barrett is a former elementary and middle school band director. He has served as an administrator in Dallas ISD & Athens ISD.

Cedric is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Soul Rydaz Motorcycle Riding Club where he provides community service throughout the Dallas Metroplex. Each year he participates in the Wynnewood Fellowship Church toy drive and feeding the homeless.

He is a musician who enjoys playing a variety of instruments and currently serves as the Minister of Music at Wynnewood Fellowship Church. He and his family reside in Garland and in his spare time he enjoys sports and riding motorcycles. Cedric Barrett is very passionate about education and the academic achievement of all students. He looks forward to working with the staff, students, parents and community.

cebarrett@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1222 | Room 165b


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Sharon Cornell

PR Specialist/Magnet Coordinator

Sharon Holland Modabberi Cornell was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she attended Dallas I.S.D. schools graduating with a concentration in dance from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) formerly known as the Arts Magnet.

After high school she graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she is the Magnet Coordinator/Public Relations Specialist at BTWHSPVA. In that position she regularly coordinates communications with television and print media personnel and the school, writes news releases, oversees the application process and directs the annual Senior Showcase.

She has over 25 years of experience in public relations and has been a guest speaker at events in the U.S., the U.K. and Bermuda. Sharon is a member of many community and arts boards in the Dallas area. In 2019, she was awarded the Revolutionary Award from the Arts Magnet Advisory Board for outstanding contributions to the arts. Her family has a deep educational and community history in Dallas with a school named after her grandfather. She is married and has three adult children and two stepchildren that all graduated from BTWHSPVA.

smodabberi@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1227 | Room 210



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Benjamin Doan-Stevens, M.Ed.

Student Success Coordinator

Mr. Doan-Stevens served for five years as Booker T's production Coordinator. After finishing his Masters in 2023 he is transitioning to a new role as Student Success Coordinator. In this role he will serve as the primary case manager for all 504 students, new and existing; testing coordinator; AP coordinator; develop and implement campus wide initiatives to support student success; and serve on the Student Support team. Mr. Doan-Stevens loves traveling and often takes students on international trips when school is not in session. 

bdoanstevens@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1219 | Room 106 | Schedule a Meeting