A: Yes! The Kendall County Republican Party endorses my candidacy for BISD School Board Place 3. I am an active voter! I vote and lead with my principles and values. I've made my voting record public for complete transparency. My voting records reflect the past 10 years of my voting history,
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A: Yes, both my children have only attended Texas Public Schools, K-12. My oldest daughter graduated from Boerne Champion High School in the Class of 2020. My youngest daughter attends BMSS and is in the 7th grade. I've been active as a dedicated parent volunteer in BISD from the workroom to the classroom to choir booster club president to the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC). Today, I serve on the Boerne Education Foundation Board of Directors.
A: Action needs to happen now! There are 4 proposed bills right now in the Texas legislature with a push to include critical race theory in Texas Public Education, K-12. I am tracking these bills and writing letters to our elected officials to prevent critical race theory and these types of ideologies from making their way into our children's curriculum. As an experienced public affairs professional working with elected officials and lawmakers, I know how to advocate and fight for our children. Learn more here.
A: I believe in One Nation under God. I believe in education and not indoctrination. I believe every child deserves a quality public education. I believe teachers are the heartbeat of our district. I believe parents have the right to advocate for their children. I believe in taking action to problem-solve while being respectful and intentional. I believe in family values. I believe in transparent communication. I believe in building strong partnerships. I believe the students, their families, and the taxpayers are "BISD customers." I believe BISD is an exemplary school district, and I believe the school board sets the tone for our community.
A: No, there are seven At-Large seats on the BISD Board of Trustees. Place 3 is one of these At-Large seats.
A: I am a proven leader with a proven track record and will continue to prove my transparent communication and conservative approach to solving problems and issues while standing up for what's right. Serving the community is in my lifeblood, and through my parents' examples, I learned the importance of servant leadership. I've been involved in the district as a dedicated and committed BISD mom and parent volunteer for several years, serving on various committees and boards supporting students, teachers and parents. Whenever I see a need, I am moved to enhance my community, whether it's enacting Texas State legislation for students' safety or raising funds for programs and campuses. This is my track record. This is who I am. I bring people together and take action to get things done for the good of the community. I am transparent, authentic, and a decision-maker you can trust. I want to earn your vote to continue to work for you, your children, and our schools as your next BISD School Board Trustee!
A: As an active BISD parent volunteer in the District, I am passionate about serving others and making a difference in the lives of our students. My work to the students began years ago, and right now, I am tracking proposed legislation and writing letters to our Texas lawmakers as there are several proposed bills that will impact our children’s curriculum and future education. As a trusted community leader and one that has created shared experiences to enhance our community, I feel called to take this next step in servant leadership. My experience holding volunteer leadership positions on BISD campuses, the District and serving on Boerne Education Foundation, gives me an understanding of the District’s needs. I love the Boerne community, and share many of the same values and principles, which makes Boerne a beautiful city to contribute my community service, and proudly, a place to call home.
A: I have been actively involved on four BISD campuses as a passionate and dedicated mom supporting students, teachers, and parents. BISD is a Robin Hood school district and I have helped to raise the much-needed funds for campuses and school-related programs. In 2018, the Student Health Advisory Council - Food Allergies Committee enhanced the District’s food allergy response plan with revised policies and procedures; I was part of this initiative and served as a committee co-chair. Most understand the parent volunteer rate dips in high school, which is why I served two terms as the CHS Choir Booster Club president. In 2011, I brought forth an issue to State Rep. Todd Hunter (R) and championed a Texas Public Schools 'records bill' for children with food allergies. My experience includes testifying at the Texas Capitol and garnering collaborative support from various organizations and associations, which ultimately led to safeguarding children with food allergies in Texas public schools. My strengths are identifying problems and working to create solutions, and more importantly, taking the appropriate actions while engaging input from others, intentionally and respectfully. Using my skill set as a communications and public affairs professional, I will provide clear and transparent communications and work to improve our BISD relationships with external partners - community stakeholders, parents, and the Boerne community at large.
A: BISD is a well-rounded, high-achieving district – our students and teachers consistently prove it. We recruit and retain dedicated teachers and staff who keep our District exemplary. We are fortunate that we also have a great volunteer base of involved parents, community partners, and businesses. We have some of the most active PTOs, Booster Clubs, and supportive organizations like the Boerne Education Foundation.
We are one BISD! If elected, I will prioritize that parents and residents know I am here to work for them. Also, I will help bridge the gap for our students in Bexar and Comal County with no access to nearby public libraries and the myriad of resources a library offers, such as access to the internet, books, and computers. Strengthening external relationships with interagency partnerships - municipal, regional, statewide, and national is another priority. Those points translate to adequate funding, stronger relationships, student career readiness, and cohesive student support. Resources for teachers and students around wellness, like counseling resources, are at the top of my list. I will ensure transparent dialogue for students, parents, and their schools.
A: BISD faces some immediate challenges and opportunities. First, BISD is due for a facilities upgrade, which is why the District is currently conducting a facilities study. BISD loses tax revenue as part of the Texas legislature's Robin Hood plan, and we need to work hard to close the gap of funds lost to recapture. Since we are a fast-growing district, we need to address continuity to minimize rezoning and reshuffling, especially on the south end of the District. The community needs to know these challenges and how BISD is actively working to address them to maintain our high standards.
NEEDS: We need to reopen our next school year safely and get our students back on campus. Also, strengthening our external partnerships would help to position our fast-growing District favorably with issues around development, mobility, zoning, and infrastructure improvements. Most of all, we need to solidify and communicate a master plan to our community. Everyone single resident within BISD deserves to know everything that is happening in our schools and campuses. I'm a parent first, and I know this firsthand. I am ready to make this happen sooner than later.
A: We would need to solidify a district master plan and share it publicly, this includes smart and strategic development, with population studies, traffic studies, and forecasted growth. We must retain our talented teachers to maintain our exemplary district achievements while safeguarding our values and traditions that make Boerne a special place to live. Developing a master plan for the District, sharing it publicly, would create long-term goals to manage the growing student population while maintaining our student/teacher ratio for maximized instructional time. BISD needs to be a part of a working interagency committee with city, county, and statewide agencies like TxDOT (for example), to gain a better understanding of our community's growth and area's needs that will impact our District.
Also, we must continue our partnership with the Texas School Coalition to ensure our District can provide every student with an excellent education. We must fight as local decision-makers to have meaningful discretion over our local funds and local investments in the students' and taxpayers' best interests. We are a targeted "Robin Hood" district, and we must continue to work with our Texas Commission on Public School Finance, lawmakers, and local officials. I have experience working with policymakers and elected officials. As a BEF board member, I am asking for the community’s support to the Boerne Education Foundation, where we work to provide additional funding for all students, teachers, and schools.
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“The most important elected position in the United States of America is the school board. If we want to make sure we shape our future generations of young Americans, we’ve got to get people on school boards that understand we’ve got to get back to a system of education, not a system of indoctrination.” - Allen West