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About ESC 16

The Texas Panhandle consists of 61 school districts and three charter schools with 226 campuses in a 26,000 square mile area. Amarillo is the economic and geographic center of the Panhandle. Region 16 school districts have an average daily attendance of over 80,000 students, with individual districts ranging from fewer than 30 to more than 29,000 students and the total regional school staff numbering more than 11,400.
Region 16 ESC will be an indispensable part of the educational community
Enhancing student success by providing quality services
Serve. Lead. Ignite.
Excellence – extraordinary performance and delivery in all that we do and say
Growth – everyone, every day
Integrity – honest and trustworthy in all we do and say
Commitment – dedication and grit
Extraordinary Customer Service
Innovative and Impactful Practices
Trusting and Supportive Relationships
We believe the purpose of our organization is to both anticipate and be responsive
to the educational challenges and needs of today’s educators.
We believe that our focus should be on building capacity in ourselves
and those we serve to ensure our students are future-ready.
We believe that approaching our work through a spirit of collaboration,
having fun, commitment, collegiality, and enjoying the journey makes us all better.
We believe that students have the right to be educated in highly effective schools
and that we play an integral role in supporting the continuous improvement
of the educational community.


Tanya Larkin, Ed.D

Executive Director
(806) 677-5075



Troy Seagler

Associate Executive Director


Nathan Maxwell, Ed.D.
Associate Executive Director


Melissa Schrowangen
Executive Services Associate

(806) 677-5015


  • David Schaeffer, Chairman | Place 2, Dimmitt
  • Kathleen Morris, Vice Chair | Place 5, Amarillo
  • Lawrence Bussard, Secretary | Place 3, Dumas
  • Tim Gilliland | Place 1, Canyon
  • Justin T. Smith | Place 4, Miami
  • Doneice Ray | Place 6, Amarillo
  • Lee Porter | Place 7, Pampa
5800 S. Bell Street
Amarillo, TX 79109-6230
Head Start and Early Head Start - 1601 S Cleveland St, Amarillo, TX 79102