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I have a degree in Environmental Engineering and spent nearly 15 years in the consulting world both as an employee and as an owner of a small business, where I specialized in regulatory compliance and reporting/permitting.  I was responsible for manipulating calculations and quantities to save companies millions of dollars.  I was also responsible for deciphering rules and regulations so that a lay person could ensure that they were in compliance.  So I can delve into the HISD budget and contracts and read education regulations and understand them rather easily.

My education experience is primarily within actual HISD schools.  My children have attended four different HISD schools, including three different elementary schools, and that gives me a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t work at a school.  I have also founded and organized several programs and organizations in those schools to help empower parents, students, teachers, and community members to engage with each other and affect positive change at their schools and within their communities.

It should also be pointed out that my time at schools is not usually passive volunteer time.  My time has been spent in ARDs for my special needs child, or in meetings with administrators to discuss developmental appropriateness of certain school policies, or in discussions with teachers about him meeting TEKS and making sure they have a good handle on his IEP, or sitting with the counselor while we try to figure out how to get my son out of the office and back to class.  My time at my childrens' schools has been as a critical support for teachers and administrators when HISD has not provided them the resources that they need.

My campaign slogan is ‘A Voice for All’ because I am interested in working for ALL students in HISD.  It matters to me that I can clearly communicate to the diverse communities in our district that I will fight for them on the HISD school board.  

Standardized Testing

Student growth should be the primary way in which achievement is measured, not by an arbitrary performance metric that not all students are prepared to meet. 


Vouchers

Investing in strong neighborhood schools is the most effective strategy to provide ALL children with access to quality education.


Community School Model

Giving students access to social-emotional learning, healthcare, school counselors, and social workers actually gets at the root cause of the adversity that low-income students face.


Education policy

The district faces several major issues.


Curricula

Students who learn about their own heritage at school and who are engaged in a way that relates to their culture become more engaged in their education, which increases their attendance and GPA.


Budget

There are several areas of the Budget that can be reduced without adversely affecting the educational process.


After-School Programs

An enriching after-school program can promote engagement and connection between schools, students and communities.


Magnet Schools

I think the current magnet funding model needs to be adjusted, but I do not think we should take a machete to the program when a scalpel will get the job done.  


Decentralization

Change must begin at the top within the Central Office by providing principals with meaningful and consistent guidance, meaning we need a more centralized system, but not a completely centralized system.  



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