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Kara DeRocha, a graduate of of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Louisiana State University, is a married mother of three children, all of whom attend HISD schools. She has lived in Maplewood South for the last 16 years. In that time she has founded a variety of school and community organizations, including the Working Moms' Group at Lovett Elementary School.  In addition, she has worked to strengthen local schools by restoring the school directory at Herod Elementary, chairing the nominations committee for Lovett PTO, and co-chairing the Lovett Elementary auction.

Four years ago Kara's oldest child began showing signs of a mood disorder. After two years of trying to obtain a special education designation, she and her husband were finally successful in 2014. She then worked (and continues to work) closely with HISD teachers, administrators and counselors to effectively implement his Behavioral Implementation Plan (BIP). Kara believes that there should be a voice on the HISD School Board that can truly understand the family experience with special education in both the ARD and IEP process and also has first-hand knowledge of the struggles this causes for the special education student, neuro-typical students in the same class, and teachers.

Kara approaches challenges with the passion of a mom and the reason of an engineer. Originally from Round Rock, Texas, she graduated from Round Rock High School before moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to attend LSU where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation she moved to Houston, and worked as an environmental consultant for five years. After two years at home with her first child, Kara became an independent contractor for a variety of consulting firms in the Houston area.


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