Questionnaire Response

Why are you running for a trustee position on the school board? If you are an incumbent, include what you wish to pursue through continued service? If you are a new candidate, include what you hope to accomplish?

I am running for a position on the school board to continue my many years of service to the Spring Branch community, most importantly, to the students of SBISD and their families.  We have many great schools that continue to set the standard for success in our district, however, there are too many underperforming schools that pose a challenge to the overall quality of education in SBISD.  As trustee, I will work to see that we deliver the level of education our community expects and our students deserve.

 

Describe your approach to school board leadership, and how you intend to enhance the current board’s efforts for the betterment of the students served by this district. Provide at least one concrete idea on how you intend to support SBISD students over the next 3 years.

The school board has seven members each with unique experiences, insights, and qualities that contribute to the process of leading SBISD.  My approach to school board leadership is to listen, learn and contribute. Listening to teachers, students, parents and community members can provide valuable insights to the issues of concerning each and guide the decisions we make and the goals we set.  One specific area of interest for me is working to engage parents and our community in a greater capacity at each of our underperforming schools.  Our students will benefit, and so will the community.

Describe your approach to school board leadership, and how you intend to enhance the current board’s efforts for the betterment of the students served by this district. Provide at least one concrete idea on how you intend to support SBISD students over the next 3 years.

The school board has seven members each with unique experiences, insights, and qualities that contribute to the process of leading SBISD.  My approach to school board leadership is to listen, learn and contribute. Listening to teachers, students, parents and community members can provide valuable insights to the issues of concerning each and guide the decisions we make and the goals we set.  One specific area of interest for me is working to engage parents and our community in a greater capacity at each of our underperforming schools.  Our students will benefit, and so will the community.

How will your leadership focus the board’s discussion on student outcomes when making budgetary decisions?

As a business owner, I understand the importance of recruiting and retaining quality employees, establishing budgets that are realistic, and measuring the results to ensure the allocation of resources is appropriate to the outcomes.  With increased pressures on our budget due to recapture and cost escalations, it is critically important to work with other board members and administration to establish clear educational priorities and resolve to create budgets that put is in the best position for positive outcomes.

Imagine that you are holding a community meeting tomorrow to inform constituents on the state of the district. In bullet point format, respond to the following: Which successes would you share? Which primary challenge would you share? What would be your goal for the meeting? How would you follow up?

Successes:

  • Student performance is trending in the right direction.
  • Every campus in the district has been/will be upgraded or replaced as a result of bonds approved by voters in 2007 and 2017.
  • We have a superintendent that has made literacy and numeracy a top priority.

Primary Challenge:

  • Too many students are still not learning at grade level.

Goal for Meeting:

  • To have the community realize the importance of student success and how they can be a part of the effort to achieve this success.

Given the data found in the 2020‐21 TAPR Report, what conclusions do you make regarding the state of student success at SBISD and what goals would you recommend the district apply? Provide analysis at both district level and a comparative analysis of high school regional performance.

The TAPR data shows that our district averages are roughly on par with the state and regional averages. However, in our district there are significant differences in the performance between ethnic groups and also between schools in SWHS/NBHS feeder patterns compared to MHS/SHS feeder patterns. Recognition of the root causes for these differences should help us develop improvement plans at the campus level that are effective and measurable.

What do you believe are the top causes of teacher attrition over the last years? Aside from compensation and benefits, what policy changes or enforcements do you propose to draw new teachers to the district and retain current educators?

The global pandemic has certainly led to increased teacher anxiety and fatigue. However, there are other factors that also contribute to teacher attrition. It is important that our policies ensure that teacher compensation packages are competitive with surrounding districts, that teachers receive the support they need from administration, and that teacher concerns/suggestions can be voiced without retribution.

Share your volunteer experience within SBISD. What other organizations have you volunteered with? Specify which of these roles included your own child. What is your professional field and expertise? How do each of these experiences support your candidacy with Spring Branch ISD?

I served on campus advisory team at SWHS as a parent. I also chaired multiple district wide committees involved in the planning and oversight of the 2007 and 2017 bond programs as a community volunteer. Through my church, I have helped lead a summer sports camp at SWHS that hosted hundreds of neighboring children each for 8 years. This experience combined with my professional expertise as an architect and business owner over the past 30 years has helped me develop a leadership style that is grounded in solving problems through listening, learning, and exploring creative solutions.

Define your understanding of the role of a school board trustee. Does the administration in its current form accomplish the goals set by the board of trustees? If not, how should it be changed to do so?

The school board trustee is accountable to the community to work in cooperation with other trustees to govern the school district through creation of policy, establishment of budgets, and hiring a quality superintendent. The trustee also serves as an liaison between the school district and the community. I believe the current administration has a productive relationship with the board, and is working toward accomplishing the goals set by the board.

What current issues are your top three priorities for the district, if elected, over the next 3 years? What is the most important issue facing students today, and what is their greatest need from the school system?

My top three priorities include significant improvements in our underperforming schools, increased parent and community engagement in our schools, and recruiting and retaining great teachers. Students in our district need a solid foundation of reading, writing and math, and a robust CTE offering will create more opportunities for our students to find success after graduating from SBISD.

Should you not be elected during this race, how do you intend to continue supporting the school district and its students? In what other capacities to you plan to serve?

I intend to continue supporting the school district and its students as I have for the past 15+ years. I am also very excited about the many young people moving into our community and hope to help them connect with our schools and our community.

  1. Describe your approach to school board leadership, and how you intend to enhance the current board’s efforts for the betterment of the students served by this district. Provide at least one concrete idea on how you intend to support SBISD students over the next 3 years.

The school board has seven members each with unique experiences, insights, and qualities that contribute to the process of leading SBISD.  My approach to school board leadership is to listen, learn and contribute. Listening to teachers, students, parents and community members can provide valuable insights to the issues of concerning each and guide the decisions we make and the goals we set.  One specific area of interest for me is working to engage parents and our community in a greater capacity at each of our underperforming schools.  Our students will benefit, and so will the community.