Why are you running for a position on the Board of Trustees? Is there a particular passion that motivates you to serve?
I have served eight years as a PISD Board of Trustee, and through my years of dedicated service, I have witnessed excellence and developed a deep appreciation for what happens every day in the classrooms across our district. I want to continue the work we are currently doing to support our students in providing them with the best outcomes we can. I am motivated most by the achievement made by our students in a variety of areas. Students have so many opportunities to excel - whether it is Fine Arts contests where our students are awarded scholarships to pursue their education or other areas of interest such as enrollment in CTE courses that help pave the way for their futures beyond high school. Our district is accomplishing great things, and I’m proud to be a part of this team.
What qualifications, work experiences or volunteer efforts prepare you to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees?
As a graduate of J. Frank Dobie High School, a life-long resident of the South Belt, son of a PISD retired teacher and parent of a PISD graduate and ECHS freshman, I am uniquely qualified to serve our schools as a Board member. When first elected in 2015, I was exposed to the inner workings of our school district, and I have been provided multiple opportunities to train as a Board member through the Texas Association of School Boards. I have attended various workshops over the years on school board governance. I understand my role as a member of an eight-person team committed to ensuring our district runs efficiently and is meeting the needs of all students. My volunteer efforts consist of my service as a Director on the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and I am an active member of Sagemont Church. In addition, I currently serve on the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of the Board from 2020-2022. Other volunteer work includes active participation with the PISD Athletics Hall of Fame.
What accomplishment are you most proud of for Pasadena ISD?
I believe there are so many accomplishments that make me proud to serve as a Board member. Still, one accomplishment that I believe stands out as critical to our community’s overall success includes our partnership with San Jacinto College to provide a world-class educational experience through our Early College High Schools. Having five separate early colleges at each of our comprehensive high schools is changing the trajectory of the lives of our students by allowing them to receive their high school diploma and Associates Degree in four years. Our enrollment in ECHS has grown significantly over the last few years, and we are most proud of the fact that our ECHS program has one of the highest enrollments and graduation rates in the state of Texas. This program is an extraordinary success and is evidence of the excellence occurring each day in our schools and across our district.
What challenges and opportunities for change do you think exist currently?
I believe we are still facing academic difficulties due to Covid and the impact of not having our students in school. While we provided internet access and virtual instruction to all students during that time, it will never be the same as being on a campus with age-alike peers and in a classroom with our outstanding PISD teachers, especially for students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. The instructional loss is one challenge we are working to improve, and we have made significant gains across all student groups. Still, now the challenge will be establishing budget priorities when federal ESSER funding stops. As a unified Board of Trustees, we must advocate in a non-partisan way for our state legislators to commit to supporting public education and not divert funds from public schools for voucher programs or private schools.
Our community is facing significant workforce challenges, how would you work to collaborate with other stakeholders and partners to address this issue?
Not only do we have a Career and Technical High School dedicated to preparing students to step into the world of work in our local community, but each of our high schools has also invested in developing career pathways to help students grow in their area of interest while preparing them to become College, Career or Military Ready (CCMR). I believe we must continue to collaborate with San Jacinto College and our local business partners to understand their needs for our community so that we provide the necessary skills for students to achieve well beyond high school into college and the world of work. Being a member of the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce allows me a unique opportunity to work hand in hand with our partners to address issues we face as a community.
If elected to the Board of Trustees, what do you think your primary responsibility would be in leading as a trustee and what is your personal leadership style?
My primary responsibility as a Board of Trustee member is to serve on a team of 8 to represent the 50,000 students of this district. Our Strategic Plan is clear and provides a multi-year timeline of what we want to achieve and where we want our district to be by 2025. I am committed to ensuring we support the Superintendent in her efforts to run a district that is safe for all students, that challenges each child academically and prepares each child for a world that changes daily. My leadership style is participatory because I am one of 8 individuals committed to Pasadena ISD. I am not afraid to ask questions and to seek clarity when necessary to make informed decisions. I will always keep students as the number one priority to ensure we are doing all we can for our community now and in the future.