About A.A.N.S.B.C

4621305660The African American National Spelling Bee Championships, Inc. (“AANSBC”) has been a non-profit organization since 2010. We have worked with teachers, students and communities in Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia and look forward to servicing your city and community.


The mission of the AANSBC is to train students in grades 6-8 in decoding and spelling techniques to enable them to expand their literacy skills and knowledge, improve language development and increase reading and writing levels.

Through community and corporate partnerships, students will participate in workshops to master these skills and practice what they have learned to compete in an annual spelling bee competition where participating students will earn scholarships toward their higher education goals.

How do we accomplish our mission?

AANSBC provides workshops for educators, volunteers and parents to show them how to teach good reading and spelling skills to their students.

AANSBC works year-round with students by offering opportunities to practice outside their classrooms (Saturday workshops, spelling bee pep rallies)

AANSBC hosts an annual spelling bee competition where winning students will earn scholarships toward their higher education goals.

We cannot accomplish our mission without community and corporate partnerships.



Robert Garner, Founder:

Robert Garner, the founder of the African American National Spelling Bee Championships, Inc., is a native Houstonian. His parents were entrepreneurs in the Houston community, and he knew early on that he would follow in their footsteps. He was a good student but like many others had difficulty reading and spelling. He does not have a college education but knew that he needed to master those skills in order to communicate effectively and be an entrepreneur.  Robert gives God the credit for giving him a vision to create an opportunity for our middle school students to learn how to spell and increase their vocabulary and earn scholarship money and prizes for their hard work.

JTerrellJacqueline Terrell, Executive Director:

Jacqueline has worked in the legal field for over 25 years as a paralegal and legal Executive Assistant at law firms in Houston and New Orleans (her hometown).  She also started a non-profit consulting firm after discovering that there are tens of thousands of non-profits in the Houston area; however, many of them are defunct or have challenges implementing programs that are effective in our community. She believes that our community is only has strong has its community organizations.  Jacqueline has also served as Executive Director of the African American National Spelling Bee Championships, Inc. (AANSBC) and is looking forward to the growth and vision of the organization.


Marcia K. Henry, Ph.D. Bio PhotoMarcia K. Henry, Ph.D.

Biography: Marcia K. Henry, Ph.D., brings more than 40 years of experience working in the field of reading and dyslexia as a diagnostician, tutor, teacher, and professor. Dr. Henry received her doctorate in educational psychology from Stanford University. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she was a professor in the Division of Special Education at San Jose State University, where she taught and directed the Center for Educational Research on Dyslexia. Dr. Henry taught as a Fulbright Lecturer/Research Scholar at the University of Trondheim, Norway, in 1991.

Dr. Henry speaks frequently at regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to intervention strategies for dyslexic learners. She also writes for a variety of professional journals and serves on the editorial boards of Dyslexia and Annals of Dyslexia, the journals of The British Dyslexia Association and The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), respectively. Since retirement Dr. Henry has taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She provides teacher training related to the teaching of reading and related language arts and consults with several school districts and states on informed reading instruction. Dr. Henry is the author of teaching materials for integrated decoding and spelling instruction.

She is a past president (1992-1996) of the Orton Dyslexia Society (now known as IDA). She is a fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy and received the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from IDA in 2000. Dr. Henry now lives on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, where she spends much of her time writing. She volunteers as a tutor at the island two-room elementary school when needed. She compiled Dyslexia: Samuel T. Orton and His Legacy for IDA's 50th anniversary in 1999.

Rhonda Skillern-Jones Bio PicRhonda Skillern-Jones

Rhonda Skillern-Jones was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. She was sworn in as Trustee in January 2012 and served as board secretary in 2012 and 2013, and First Vice President in 2014. She also represents HISD on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors.

Ms. Skillern-Jones, a wife and mother of five children, is a native Houstonian. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University.

In recognition of her community and district efforts to enhance the lives of Houston children and citizens, she has received numerous achievement awards and honors, and holds membership in several civic and community organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Ms. Skillern-Jones has a strong faith in God and cites her parents as her heroes and role models. She served HISD in a volunteer capacity for 20 years before joining the school board. She has a passion for education and children, and believes that all children deserve an equitable and quality education for a fair start in achieving their life goals.

CRobinsonCarroll G. Robinson

Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) where he has served as Associate Dean of External Affairs.

Professor Robinson is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security and is Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) E-Government Center. He is a Vice President of the NAACP Houston Branch, a member of the Worthing High School Principal Advisory Group and a member of the Board of Directors of K9s4Cops and the Board of Trustees of the Houston Firefighter’s Relief and Retirement Fund.

Robinson is a former at-large member of the Houston City Council where he served as Chairman of the city’s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee and was a member of the City of Houston’s Term Limits Review Commission. He served as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) 2001 Work Group on Transportation Goals and Objectives; is a former Advisory Board Member of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and is a former member of the Advisory Board of the TSU Center for Transportation Training and Research. Robinson provided testimony to the Texas Governor’s Task Force on Evacuation and Logistics on October 26, 2005 on how to use technology to improve Emergency Preparedness.

Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two Presidents of the University. He has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he taught Constitutional Structure. Robinson is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and National Bar Association.

Robinson worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi and the author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries.

Mr. Robinson is also former Trustee, District IV, of Houston Community College.