Program Administrator – J. Wester
J. Wester is the owner and educational director for all Texas Court Classes® online and in-person (Zoom) courses. A New Orleans native, she graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She then began educating children in Houston & Spring Independent School Districts in 2009. Ms. Wester furthered her education by going on to study law at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Ms. Wester is currently a full-time attorney with her own practice located in Houston, Texas. She is also licensed to practice federally in the Southern District of Texas. Her primary focus is criminal matters on the state and federal levels. Ms. Wester strongly believes in rehabilitation through education. Because of this, all Texas Court Classes online courses and curriculum was designed by licensed Texas educators and current practicing attorneys who are all well versed on the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Ms. Wester has been a certified mediator since 2004 & certified teacher since 2009.
Attorney Wester is a proud member of the Texas Probation Association, certified by the National Association of Shoplifting and Theft Addiction Specialists, she is a Certified Anger Management Specialist (NAMA)and is good standing with the Texas State Bar Association (TBN 24090784).
Ms. Wester is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to provide the Texas Drug Offender Education Program (DOEP), Driving While Intoxicated Education (DWIE), and Driving While Intoxicated Intervention (DWII) as required by Texas DPS.
Manager of Family and Community Engagement – Jamaur Barnes
As a Manager of Family and Community Engagement, Jamaur drives innovation in direct partnership with school districts, communities, and families across the Houston region.
Jamaur spent time in nonprofit management, as a Community Engagement Manager for some of Houston’s largest organizations: establishing sustainable 501c3s, leading project management, and bridging the gaps between social, academic, and civic organizations in Second and Third Wards, as well as South Houston.
He spent ten and a half years in Title One schools across Spring and Houston I.S.D.s, teaching General and Special Education, Gifted and Talented, E.S.L. and Emerging Learners. He has served in a capacity of leadership roles from District Teacher of the Year, to Campus Culture Specialist, and Community and Family Liaison. Through his passion, he was able to establish several cultural and family programs which still run-in districts today.
An Alumni of one of Texas’ few Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Prairie View A&M University, Jamaur studied Journalism and Behavioral and Political Sciences. He is also active in postgraduate advocacy and service through various alumni networks, including his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
TDLR Number: 105563
Instructor – Walidah Staley
Walidah Staley (Nicholson), M.Ed., holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Clemson University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Claflin University. Ms. Staley has over 25 years of experience as an educator in secondary and post-secondary settings. During her tenure as a classroom professional, she led school improvement efforts and designed programs to increase parental involvement.
Ms. Staley served as principal trainer and instructional designer providing credentialing and professional development workshops for a healthcare organization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded iTeachiTutor, an organization helping parents and students maintain and gain academic success during this time of academic turmoil. She also partnered to start Planning Diversity,Inc., a small business that has made great gains with diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and in the workplace. Ms. Staley is a world traveler, lifelong learner, and forever educator with ongoing endeavors that have made her an empathic proponent of racial equity and cultural diversity both in and out of the classroom. She believes as Maya Angelou did, “if you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.”
TDLR Numbers: 105393-105376