Why do you want to run for re-election?
DISD is in the midst of a turnaround that has been led by the current board, and it is critical that the board maintain a consistent commitment to the vision and strategies that we’ve pursued the last several years. We are transforming the lives of students, and I’m honored to be part of this progress. Another three-year term will enable us to deepen and broaden our impact.
Why should neighbors vote for you again?
I’ve already illustrated my ability to influence change and build consensus through my leadership in spearheading the development of our principal training program, overhauling our dyslexia intervention, expanding services for homeless kids, substantially changing our special education department, changing our sexual health curriculum, investing in new and improved facilities, increasing teacher pay and continuing the expansion of choice schools. I’ve been a consistent community advocate and have worked hard to communicate with constituents. We still have room for improvement, but we are headed in the right direction.
What are your top priorities?
- Improving student outcomes
- Rewarding our best teachers
- Supporting school choice
- Investing in facilities
- Transforming special education
What distinguishes you from the other candidates?
I’ve consistently invested my time, energy and resources in only one cause: advancing student outcomes. I’ve served on the boards of Reading Partners, Uplift Education, Social Venture Partners, Dallas After School, the Education Council for the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Woodrow Community Foundation. I’ve helped launch several schools, tutored and mentored dozens of kids and completed several leadership training programs.
How do you plan on governing?
You must focus on your formal role, which includes setting policy, managing the superintendent and approving the budget. You must resist the urge to proactively involve yourself in the day-to-day operation of the district. You must also be attentive to your informal roles as district cheerleader, ambassador for the district and advocate for families.