Board Members


Board of Directors

Ms. Shelia McBrinn
President
Sheila is the current President of the TAAPS board of directors, and she has served on the board since 2006. Sheila is the director of the School for Young Children, a private non-profit program for students with language based learning differences in Houston. The school was first accredited by TAAPS in 1994.

School for Young Children 810 Sul Ross Rd. Houston, Texas 77006
Mr. David McGrath
Board Director
David joined the TAAPS Board in 2013. David founded Paragon Prep School in 1997 and serves as the Headmaster. Paragon is a for-profit, nonsectarian school for exceptional students in grades PreK – 8th grade in Austin. Paragon has been accredited by TAAPS since 2003.

Paragon Prep School 2001 W. Koenig Lane Austin, Texas 78756
Ms. Barbara Porter
Vice President Standards Committee Chairman: TEPSAC Commissioner
Barbara joined the TAAPS Board in 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President. Since 2011 she is also the organization’s TEPSAC Commissioner. Barbara is the Founder and Head of St. Francis School in Austin. Since 1985, St. Francis School has fulfilled the mission “Excellence without Exclusivity,” and now serves over 400 students. St. Francis School has been accredited by TAAPS since 2006.

St. Francis School 300 East Huntland Austin, Tx. 78752
Ms. Linda Smith
Board Director
Linda joined the TAAPS Board in 2009. She has been the Principal of St. Mark’s School for 15 years. The school serves pre-K - 8th grade academically advanced students in El Paso. St. Mark’s School was founded in 1965 and has been an active member of the TAAPS community of schools for 16 years.

St. Mark's School 5005 Love Rd. El Paso, Texas 79922
Mr. Patrick Cone
Secretary/Treasurer:
Trafton Academy 4711 McDermed St. Houston, Texas 77035
Ms. Betty K. Moore
Board Director: Past President:
Betty has a long tenure on the TAAPS board, starting her service as a board member in 1986. During that tenure, Betty spent a full decade as our organization’s representative to the TEPSAC board. For thirty five years, she headed The Village School, an international private independent school in Houston. The school was one of the first schools accredited by TAAPS in 1987.

2738 Mid Lane Houston, Texas 77027
Ms. Frances Gordon Moses
Executive Director: Past President:
Frances was one of the co-founders of The Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS) in 1986. Frances served as the first President of TAAPS from 1986 – 1996, and she has been the Executive Director for 32 years from 1996-2018. Frances’ own school, Laurel Academy, was founded in 1984 and accredited by TAAPS in 1988.

TAAPS Office 2202 Half League, Rd. Port Lavaca, Texas 77979
Mr. Adam Wilson
Board Director:
Adam is the newest member of the TAAPS board, joining in 2015. He is the co-founder and head of school at Griffin School, a college prep high school community that integrates academic rigor and creativity for compassionate, intellectually curious students in Austin. Griffin School was first accredited by TAAPS in 2002.

Griffin School 5001 Evans Avenue Austin, Texas 78751

Standards Committee

Ms. Barbara Porter
Standards Committee Chairmain: TEPSAC Commissioner
St. Francis School 300 East Huntland Austin, Texas 78752
Mr. David McGrath
Committee Member:
Paragon Prep School 2001 W. Koenig Lane Austin, Texas 78756
Mr. Patrick Cone
Committee Member:
Trafton Academy 4711 McDermed St. Houston, Texas 77035