Whew, it’s been a busy two and a half years! Within a month after I filed to run, the COVID pandemic hit, and the election was pushed from May to November. With the record turnout for the 2020 presidential election, I was surprised to learn that I garnered more votes for myself than the total number of votes in a regular election for PISD. (About four times as many!) Since then, I’ve been so honored to be a part of the future of PISD, and witnessed many changes, the good and the bad. Overall, I’m proud to say that PISD has remained an outstanding district that stands well above the state average and regularly achieves the highest ratings. Some highlights from my term:
✔️ The district was able to provide a computer or tablet for each student in the district. This enabled parents to choose either in school or remote learning for their child for the 2020/2021 school year . In the future, PISD will continue with 1:1 devices for upper grade level students and classroom sets with check out options for lower levels. This will prepare our students for their future, as we know that whether they continue their education after graduation, or enter the workforce or military, technology will be involved.
✔️ Through the hard work of the district and board (especially trustee Carbone-thank you!) we were able to successfully pass a VATRE, enabling us to address our funding deficits.
✔️ I’ve attended three conferences and learned so much about education and governance from fellow superintendents and trustees across the state.
✔️ I’ve had the privilege of seeing first hand the amazing talents of our students and the incredibly valuable programs PISD offers, including lunches provided by the culinary and hospitality students at the high schools, the stunning rodeo art which has set records for the past two years, the broadway quality musicals and plays, and of course, our outstanding football teams and marching bands at the hometown showdown.
✔️ Probably the most exciting thing to happen to PISD in a long time, I got to participate in the hiring of our new superintendent, Mr. Larry Berger. Mr. Berger, with his enthusiasm, heart, drive, and knowledge has truly set a new tone in the district, encouraging all to Build Pearland Proud. His pride is infectious!
As a district, we’ve weathered some tough times and come out on top. SO many individuals working together make this happen. Our teachers, in particular, have had to roll with so many changes since I’ve been elected, it’s dizzying. It’s been a privilege to get to know the ins and outs of the district and see how much talent the students, teachers, administrators, and board members have, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue this journey for three more years.