Erin Kay, director of Science and Social Studies for Lufkin ISD, has been elected to serve on the Instructional Materials Coordinators’ Association of Texas (IMCAT) Board of Directors. IMCAT is the association that oversees the instructional materials in the state of Texas and is responsible for training for instructional materials coordinators in public school districts or open enrollment charter schools. IMCAT’s mission is to train and assist instructional materials professionals so they can help the students of Texas.

Board positions are vetted through a stringent process. First, the candidate must submit an application along with a letter of recommendation from a district superintendent. Once the candidate is deemed highly qualified, the next step is an interview. After a successful interview, then a candidate may be placed on the election ballot.  Elections are held at the annual IMCAT conference in December where all members are eligible to vote for candidates on the ballot. The Board is made up of twenty-one members and Lufkin ISD is the only Region 7 district represented.

“Being part of the IMCAT board provides an opportunity to serve students and teachers of Lufkin ISD with effective and timely instructional materials, collaborate with other schools across the state, and be involved in legislative updates with the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA),” Kay said. “This board appointment allows Lufkin ISD to have a voice in upcoming instructional materials changes and ensures we are on the cutting edge of state adopted resources.”

“Having a Lufkin ISD District leader serve on the IMCAT Board of Directors is not just about making decisions; it’s about shaping a vision, fostering collaboration, and steering the course towards collective success for all students of Texas, and especially for students of Lufkin ISD,” Shelly Slaton, assistant superintendent of Education Services and Accountability, said. “By having Erin Kay serve on the Board, Lufkin ISD will have a direct voice to ensure that state instructional resource decisions reflect the values that drive our instruction here in Lufkin ISD.”

Kay will serve a 3-year term. She has been with the District since 2008 as a high school Science teacher, instructional coach and now director of Science and Social Studies.  For more information on IMCAT, log on to