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Candidate Q&A: Keller ISD Place 3 Board of Directors

Why are you running for election?

SO: Keller [ISD] is a great school district that my family has proudly called home for over 20 years. During this time, I have watched our district grow and transform while providing students with incredible opportunities. As a mother of six children, three [of whom are] graduates and three [of whom are] current students, I experienced it first hand. I will be a passionate advocate for the next generation in the school board, striving to help all of our students reach their full potential.

What are the biggest challenges facing Keller ISD families and staff?

SW: Keller ISD, like many other school districts across the country, has learning gaps, especially when it comes to student literacy. The latest data from the district indicates that K-8 students started the school year reading well below grade level. Reading is an essential skill that is the foundation for a student’s future opportunities and success after high school. All students deserve the opportunity to graduate from high school with the tools and knowledge they need to become productive members of society.

If elected, what would be your top priorities?

SW: I value an environment where parents feel heard and where the school board holds itself to the highest standards. I would apply this principle, starting with myself. This looks like maintaining expectations of excellence, having a culture of transparency, and encouraging parent involvement in schools (i.e. a more informed and involved community allows for better public education, and this is an important part when ‘It’s about addressing the myriad challenges facing the district.Parents and educators must work in partnership to help students reach their full potential.

What new ideas or programs would you like the Keller ISD Board to explore?

SW: KISD has amazing teachers who work hard to prepare students for life after high school. I will support our teachers and provide them with the helpful resources they need to develop new work programs, trade school opportunities and certifications through KCAL and CTE departments for our students. I am open to hearing all points of view and making choices that best reflect the needs of our students and our community.

Why are you running for election?

JD: I’m running for the above position because I feel I have a lot of life experience that I would bring as a candidate for the board.

What are the biggest challenges facing Keller ISD families and staff?

JD: One of the biggest challenges facing families and KISD staff is retaining qualified teachers to stay on the ground during the pandemic we are going through. Also give families the support they need to keep children safe [is important].

If elected, what would be your top priorities?

JD: If elected, one of the top priorities would be to give teachers increased salaries equal to those in other school districts.

What new ideas or programs would you like the Keller ISD Board to explore?

JD: I would like the board to consider increasing security in all schools.