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  • Below are the questions and answers given to us by the Pearland ISD Board of Trustees Candidates. Read them to find out more about who is running for each seat. 


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  • Dr. Rich Bradley Dr. Rich Bradley

    Campaign Website: ElectDrBradley.com

    Campaign Facebook: @ElectDrBradley

    Campaign Email: Doc@ElectDrBradley.com

    Campaign Telephone: (281) 756-7011

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      A trustee is a representative of the residents of the district.  A trustee monitors, evaluates, and holds the district and its superintendent to the highest standards.  Setting policy, developing a sound budget and charting the course of the district are important responsibilities.  He or she ensures that the governance of the school district is of the people, by the people, and for the people.

     

    1. What makes you passionate about education? 
      As a retired professor of Emergency Medicine from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, I have been a career educator.  I have a lifetime of first-hand experience seeing the difference that good education makes.  A strong education system creates the environment necessary for all students to achieve their highest possible potentials.  It benefits our community and nation by developing a competitive workforce that is the envy of the world.

     

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?  
      The Team of 8 is based on mutual trust.  Trust is earned through mutual respect while working together.  In my 21 years of military experience in the Texas Air National Guard, I have had many opportunities to work on small teams in which performance is based on trust.  My experience as both a military and civilian physician leader uniquiely qualifies me to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective.

     

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD? 
      Consensus is built through mutual respect and trust.  It comes from active listening.  I recognize that although I come with my own opinions and ideas, I may still learn much from attentively listening to the thoughts of others.  Consensus is built upon discovering our shared values.

     

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      Schools have the dual responsibilities of ensuring that each student is able to thrive and achieve the most from the educational process while ensuring that there is a strong supply of students ready to enter the workforce, either directly into a career or after a college education for which they are well-prepared.  Military service is a high calling – and many students should consider this as part of their development.  The military, as with society, is becoming more technologically focused and has increased automation and out-sourcing of routine tasks.  Schools must ensure that there is an adequate supply of high school graduates with the academic preparation to meet modern military demands.

     

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      Quality public education outcomes are quantifiable results that can be compared against our peers.

     

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      Agree in public; disagree in private.  I will not disparage him nor be disrespectful.  I look forward to developing a close working relationship with mutual respect.  Within this shared trust we will be able to challenge each other and not hesitate to question and explore each other’s thoughts and ideas.

     

    1. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      Many in our business community would relish the opportunity to become more involved in the educational process, both by sharing their experiences with our students and by providing opportunities to allow students to experience the ‘real’ world of business. I will strongly support efforts to accomplish this.

     

    1. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      We must closely monitor other school districts, both in the area and across the state.  We must remain competitive in terms of salary and benefits.  Additionally, we must be aware of our educator’s needs, likes and dislikes.  Many times, a minor change in the work environment can lead to a significant increase in job satisfaction.

     

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      Dr. Bradley is a 21-year resident of the City of Pearland.  He recently retired as a professor of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, where he was on the clinician-scientist track.  He has been a member of several national research panels and, with several dozen peer-reviewed publications and over 100 television and radio appearances, is an expert on Disaster Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.  He is a colonel in the Texas Air National Guard, has completed six military deployments, and recently completed a four-year command tour at Ellington Joint Reserve Base in Houston.  He is very active in the community, being a member of the Pearland Exchange Club, Lion’s Club and Rotary Club.  He currently serves as the President of the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department.  His dedication to working with children is demonstrated in his twenty years of service as a children’s and youth Bible study teacher and service as a RISE mentor.  He was a ‘band parent’ for four years, serving on the pit crew where he attended nearly every event during marching season. He also traveled with the band as a chaperone on three annual out-of-state trips.

    Amanda Kuhn Amanda Kuhn

    Campaign Website: http://www.har.com/amandakuhn

    Campaign Facebook:    www.facebook.com/kuhnforpearland

    Campaign Email:   amanda@patgriffinrealty.com

    Campaign Telephone:    713-702-6339 

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      A trustee is a vetted member of the community chosen to serve as a leader who advocates for the students, teachers, and the district. A trustee should stay informed regarding policies and governance, help set clear goals and approve an annual budget aligned with the vision of the district.

    1. What makes you passionate about education? 
      Being born and raised in Pearland and attending PISD k-12 and now raising a family of my own, I am fully invested in the Pearland school district.  I have 3 children, ages 2, 6 & 7 meaning I will be a PISD parent through 2039.  I have sold real estate in and around Pearland for over 16 years and families have valued Pearland as a wonderful place to raise and educate kids. Most people who choose Pearland choose it for the schools and they trusted me to get them a home here. With the ever-changing world around us I feel that now is the time to step up to the plate and advocate for our students, teachers, and district as a whole and keep Pearland on the list of highly sought-after public schools. 

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      I love being a teammate.  Whether it is serving on a volunteer board, a workplace or on an actual sports team.  To me being a highly sought-after teammate as a trustee means I am a good listener, I am open minded, I work well with others, I have a good work ethic, I have a strong bond with families and educators in our community and will work hard to be sure everyone is heard.  I also respect history and the goals, visions, dreams, and desires of the people who served before me.  I will honor those people and what they have put into place and be sure Pearland continues to grow and or change keeping all that they have laid down before us alive. 

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      Collaborate. Collaborate.  Collaborate.  As a previous executive assistant and board secretary at Houston Endowment (a philanthropy who grants over 72 million dollars a year back to the community) I had the great pleasure to sit alongside some of the most intelligent board members in Houston and hear all their thoughts, questions, and concerns on different grants.  Collaboration and the ability to hear everyone out and make a rational decision was flawless most days. Others they would spend a lot of time discussing potential downfalls or upsides to a grant and the room would be split.  As a collaborative member you must know there is a time to back down and there is a time to stand up.  Being a trustee will require some give and take but there is also the need to fight for what I feel is best for our community.  I do plan to be an active member on this board of trustees. 

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      PISD and the TEA work to ensure that all students have access to high-quality pathways to career, college, and military.  PISD’s mission statement reads, “In Partnership with the community, Pearland ISD shall prepare students to perform at their highest potential and produce global citizens of tomorrow.”  Children who come out of Pearland with academic readiness are prepared to make the decision that is best for them and their future.  Each child’s academic career looks different, and each child has different strengths.  As a trustee my goal is to help ensure children are shaped into the best version of themselves while still hearing their wants and needs for their future.  An all-star athlete may not be the best academically, while an academic superstar may struggle with social situations.  Our goals should be to help the students in the areas they do not excel in while encouraging and praising what they are great at and continuing to grow from all sides of the spectrum.

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      I would quote the TEC §4.001: “The mission of the public education system of this state is to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities of our state and nation.”

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      I am excited to announce that as of yesterday, Mr. Berger has been appointed Superintendent of PISD.  I plan to support Mr. Berger by following Pearland’s current vision, mission, and core beliefs and to help facilitate any new aspirations Mr. Berger may have.  He has such a fantastic reputation in our community, and I cannot wait to work alongside him to continue to excel our district. 

    1. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      I am already so happy with the programs that Dawson, Tuner and Pearland High Schools have to offer our students.  They have programs ranging from construction, welding, computer programing, engineering, culinary, nursing, dental hygienist, pharmaceutical and the list goes on.  With the assistance of the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance Pearland is in front of the business community now and they will continue to grow their relationships with existing businesses, and they hope to add even more.  The high schools also offer programs that place students into local businesses for hands on work experience I plan to fully support ALL of these programs.

    1. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      As a trustee teacher retention is high on my list!  I will do all I can to ensure that current teachers are rewarded and praised for all that they do.  I will also help vet new hires and ensure every member of our team is a value add.  I also promise to hold the superintendent to higher standards and ensure that he is doing all he can across the board.  I feel the “Team 8” will be trustworthy and will represent all employees throughout the district to the best of our ability.  


    2. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      My name is Amanda Kuhn, and I am running for Pearland ISD Board of Trustees Position #5.  I am honest, hardworking and cannot wait to serve the Pearland community.  Being born and raised in Pearland, attending Pearland K-12 and now raising my family of 3 young boys has created a deep desire to serve our school district. I will be a Pearland ISD parent through 2039 and I am fully invested! As a co-owner of a small business here in Pearland I bring many assets to the table including financial, procedural, and difficult decision-making skills.  I have also served on the Pearland Neighborhood Center Board of Directors; I was awarded volunteer of the year in 2011 & 2012; I am the past President of the Green Tee Terrace Homeowners Association and a current member of the Shadycrest PTA where I have chaired several committees.  All this just to name a few.  I tell you these things to show you that I am a good teammate, I enjoy leadership roles and I work well with others!  Lastly, I want to share with you that I am making the S.M.A.R.T. stance to the Pearland ISD Board of trustees.  Safety and Security, Mental Health, Academic Achievement, Fiscal Responsibility, and Teacher Retention and I would appreciate your vote for school board trustee position #5

    Jin Yoon Jin Yoon

    Campaign Website: https://drjhyoon.wixsite.com/jinyoon4pearland

    Campaign Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JinYoonPearlandISD

    Campaign Email: dr.jhyoon@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: N/A

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      At its base, I believe the role of a trustee is service. Service to the community, students, parents, and teachers. As part of that service, I believe the primary duties of a school board trustee is to ensure that the budget is being allocated appropriately, hold our school leaders such as the superintendent accountable, and guide school policy as appropriate.

    1. What makes you passionate about education?
      As a Ph.D. graduate and clinical researcher, education has defined and benefitted my personal career. As part of my research and academic readings, I am struck by how often education levels are associated with various health-related outcomes. I have taught classes to undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students. I have provided behavioral interventions to children with developmental disabilities and severe problem behavior. I believe a solid educational background, which includes critical thinking skills and knowledge of relevant social issues, help provide students with fundamental tools to succeed in various aspects of the world.

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      I have served on the institutional review boards for the Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth at Houston for approximately 15 years. I have served on numerous committees for the medical schools as well as various scientific committees. I have also served on numerous scientific grants and developed over 50 manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals with other researchers at the local, national, and international level. Much of daily work life has involved working with other researchers, clinicians, administrators and study-related participants towards a common goal. Together, these experiences have provided me decades of training in how to effectively work with others to achieve target goals.

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      As a clinical researcher, I have been trained to dive into a topic area and identify the pertinent factors associated with a public health issue. To that end, I hope to bring these skills to the table in accurately and objectively identifying the community goals and relevant methods in achieving those outcomes. In regards to building a consensus with fellow trustees, from what I’ve seen, I believe there is already strong common ground in regards to supporting our students and teachers. If disagreements occur, I hope to once again draw upon my scientific background and make evidence-based decisions based on pertinent data. Although I hold my own personal beliefs, as a scientist, I am used to constantly critically assessing the foundation and support of those views in myself and others. Additionally, my scientific background has trained to me adjust my viewpoints and positions as new information comes in.

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      There are a number of already established metrics that are associated with readiness such as academic performance and physical health. However, from my experience, I have observed that individuals struggling to face the challenges following high school do so in areas that are not typically emphasized as part of a core educational program. This includes identifying and dealing with mental health issues as well as interacting with individuals of different backgrounds and beliefs. I believe that early and continued exposure to these topics is also pertinent to future readiness and success in addition academic performance and physical health.

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      There are of course your typical standards that the public often focuses on such as grades, graduation rates, percentage attending college, and so forth. As a trustee, it will be my goal to continue to maintain those standards. Other metrics that I also believe are important are student and teacher retention and mental health. I believe long-term success of the educational environment requires sustainability of the that environment as well as continued success of students leaving that environment in their future endeavors. High academic performance becomes meaningless if it results in burn-out and attrition of teachers and students.

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      I am excited to work with the new Superintendent. I have only heard positive things so far from other community members regarding Larry Berger. As a trustee, I look forward to helping him to move the district in the right direction. That being said, as a trustee, it is also my duty to hold him accountable, and I will remain diligent on that front.

    1. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      I believe developing opportunities for students to participate in local programs sponsored by the business community can be mutually beneficial to all participants. Students can gain valuable skills and experience that will make them more competitive in their future endeavors. Additionally, relationships across the schools, local businesses, and community can be strengthened. As a trustee, I hope to foster these relationships while also ensuring that appropriate oversight is maintained to protect our students.

    1. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      Besides providing competitive salaries and benefits to teachers and staff, I believe that maintaining a safe and supportive workplace environment is key to keeping employees happy and content. I believe the pandemic exposed many cracks in the current system. Although the state has created a task force to recruit and maintain teachers, there are cases where teachers are being threatened with a loss of their teaching license for leaving workplaces in which they no longer feel supported. While some of these policies are at the state level, I will try to influence what policies I can at the local level to help support our teachers and staff. Additionally, from my experience, the quality of the workplace environment is strongly influenced by leaders at the top. As a trustee, I will remain vigilant in making sure our Superintendent and other educational leaders remains accountable for decisions related to educational community.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      I have lived in the Pearland area for over 10 years and currently have a daughter enrolled in second grade. My wife and I were drawn to Pearland and continued to remain here based on the many positive things we heard regarding its school system. While we still believe in the school system, the pandemic exposed a number of issues that have inspired me to run for the school board position. Too often were decisions made with little transparency and generic platitudes that left many students, school staff, and parents frustrated and feeling helpless. During my campaign, I have also heard concerns related to students’ mental health, academic pressures, and lack of support for marginalized communities. Therefore, my primary concerns are transparency, evidence-based decision making, and support of marginalized individuals. If elected, at the very least I will push to have board meetings to be publicly available whenever possible so that the community may assess if its needs are being addressed. As a trained scientist and clinical researcher, I will strive to support evidence-based decisions based on best practices. Finally, I am an Asian-American immigrant in an interracial relationship whose child’s godparents are members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I am a clinical researcher working with individuals with addictive disorders and mental illnesses, which has included Veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury with alcohol use disorder. I have developed interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities and severe problem behavior. Together, these experiences have made me sensitive and empathetic to the different needs of marginalized individuals as well as those with differing views, values, and life circumstances. I have served on numerous committees for the scientific community and academic institutions. If I elected, I hope to serve the interests of students, school staff, and the community at large.

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  • David Nguyen David Nguyen

    Campaign Website: www.nguyenforpisd.com

    Campaign Facebook: www.facebook.com/nguyenforpisd

    Campaign Email: nguyen4pisd@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: (281) 886-8290

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      A trustee has the utmost responsibility to serve, protect, and defend students, faculty, and staff. As a collective board of trustees, trustees create district-wide policy and provide direction that affects the day-to-day operations of local schools.

       
    2. What makes you passionate about education?
      My teachers have made such a huge difference in my life. They constantly challenged me to take risks, believe in myself and lead with integrity. I was inspired to give back to the community that has shaped my upbringing; I hope to help them continue to inspire the next generation of changemakers and problem solvers for our community. Education is an investment in our future, so it is key to ensure we deliver quality education.

       
    3. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      As the only candidate who recently graduated from Pearland ISD, I hope to introduce a new perspective back to the board ensuring that student concerns are being prioritized and only student-centered decision making.

       
    4. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      I would set aside any personal biases, viewpoints, or special interests to focus on discussing only the issues at hand. When faced with possible disagreements with fellow trustees, the best tool to maneuver around that is finding a compromise.

       
    5. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      Readiness is providing students the tools they need to succeed in their future endeavors whichever path they may choose. Those interested in a specific path will receive a catered experience to prepare them.

       
    6. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      There are some ways to measure quality education. Measuring and ensuring higher graduation rates, student experience satisfaction and happiness through surveys, strong teacher retention, and improved press coverage are good signs of a successful education.

       
    7. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      I am excited to hear that Mr. Berger will be our next superintendent. Hearing from Pearland High friends who had him as their principal, I hope he can bring the same energy to shaping and transforming the school district into an even better one. With new leadership, I hope to turn over a new leaf with Mr. Berger in providing student input and a fresh perspective. Together, we can identify what worked and what did not work with previous leadership and formulate a new long-term plan and vision for the future of Pearland ISD.

       
    8. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      I believe the community plays an integral part in the success of our schools. Engaging local businesses to support our schools financially is greatly beneficial. It can be a mutual relationship where both the district and the small businesses can benefit. Schools are able to have the resources they may be lacking, in return, we support local businesses.

       
    9. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      The answer is in effective funding. In order to be competitive with other districts, we need to reallocate funding from excessive spending and funnel money directly to the hands of students, faculty, and staff. Prioritizing salary increases, additional benefits, and investing in mental health and wellbeing are key to ensure teacher and staff retention.

       
    10. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      David Nguyen is a 22-year-old native Pearlander, born and raised. He is a senior at the University of Houston majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Public Health. He is a product of Pearland ISD—Challenger Elementary, Rogers Middle School, Berry Miller Junior High, and Glenda Dawson High School. Before running for office, David dedicated years to serving his community. In high school, he was a student leader in various student organizations, served on the student council, and was part of mixed varsity choir and theatre. On weekends, he volunteered his time with the City of Pearland Parks and Recreation Department as a lead volunteer for special programs. From a very young age, he conducted human rights advocacy every summer in Washington, D.C. with Boat People SOS (BPSOS) representing prisoners of conscience. In 2018, he was the youngest candidate appointed to the executive board of the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) and has served since. In 2019, he was a kindergarten foreign language teacher at Khai Trí Academy (KTA) restructuring lesson plans for more interactive learning. He is currently working as an ambassador for the University of Houston. As a trustee, David hopes to bring fresh ideas, a student’s perspective, and student-centered decision making to the board.

    Lance Botkin Lance Botkin

    Campaign Website: N/A

    Campaign Facebook: Lance Botkin for Pearland ISD School Board Trustee Pos 6

    Campaign Email: botkinlb@pearlandisd.org

    Campaign Telephone: 832-372-0392

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      The role is stated in the word of the title. A trustee is entrusted with the oversight of the district leadership. By proxy we are entrusted with the education, mental health provisions, and extracurricular opportunities that are afforded to all students of Pearland ISD. Additionally, we are entrusted with the support of the staff that educates the students.

    1. What makes you passionate about education?
      As a former educator, a parent, and community member I know firsthand, through a variety of lenses how important our schools are to our future and our community. People move to Pearland for our school system. This aids in supporting our local industries and our community government as well. The schools are the life blood of Pearland.

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      I am uniquely qualified because of my tenure of service, my ties to all of Pearland through industry, first hand knowledge of our leadership team, and last but not least the fact that I am a TASB Master Trustee. To become a master trustee you go through a series of training on the ins and outs of the roles and responsibilities of a trustee. You build relationships with legislators in Austin to help guide or influence policy. As former Football coach on all levels I know what “working as Team” is like to get things accomplished

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      We are a unit, we don’t see ourselves as one of seven. We work together through honest and collaborative discussion to come to a consensus that results in making decisions that in the best interest of the students of Pearland ISD.

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      The short answer for a complex question would be found in one word. Preparedness. Are our students prepared for whatever lay next for them in their own individual lives. The job of elementaries is to prepare students for Middle School. The job of the middle school is to prepare students for Junior High. The job of the junior highs is to prepare students for High School. When the sum of all parts is combined it is the job of the school district to prepare students for future individual success: personally, professionally, and emotionally. The state places certain markers for us and rates us accordingly. If you have a total school program, like we do in Pearland, then that happens organically without forcing students through certain channels and programs to benefit the ranking of a school district. In Pearland we authentically offer opportunities for students to chase their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      In short, Pearland ISD. The answer to the previous questions speaks to my heart on this. Teach kids, love kids, connect with kids, prepare kids, and the rest will sort itself out. Offer opportunities for students and guide them to their future.

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      Well… we finished that up recently. Our new superintendent is a dynamic individual. When you hire someone you trust and support their vision. You provide that individual the tools necessary to get the job done. Mr. Berger has been with Pearland ISD for some time and has a variety of unique experiences to see the district from multiple views.

       
    2. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      We will continue with our local partnerships to grow and develop the workforce of the future while continually seeking individualize and cutting edge opportunities for the students of Pearland ISD.

    1. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      See questions 1-8. Honestly, there is no silver bullet. Whether it be innovative programs, supporting staff in decision making, trusting administration, providing capital resources, or remaining competitive in pay, these are all ways to ensure Pearland ISD remains a destination district for both families and staff.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      I grew up in the area and am a graduate of Dobie High School. I played college football in Arkansas. After I graduated my wife and I moved to Pearland. My wife (Lori) and I were both once teachers in Pearland ISD. This is when I fell in love with this district. My two oldest are graduates of the district, and I have two more children coming through. I work for a Houston based company and I am proud to call Pearland home. I hope to be able to continue to serve the district I love for the next several years. We have made progress and still have unfinished business to continue the growth of this great district.

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  • E. Ellen Kuo E. Ellen Kuo

    Campaign Website: N/A

    Campaign Facebook: Ellen4PISD

    Campaign Email: ellen@hydrodog.com

    Campaign Telephone: (281) 224-0484

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      Starts with service and continues with focus on student needs.  For me a school board trustee starts with service and focuses on student needs.  The general responsibilities of a school board trustee involve providing local citizen governance to the school district in partnership with the superintendent.  Additionally, the role of the trustee should focus on team building and relationships among governance leaders to establish a focused and productive leadership culture.

    1. What makes you passionate about education?
      I owe everything to my education.  Through my education I met my husband, found the career of my dreams and was able to provide for my four beautiful children all of whom are  products of the Pearland ISD school systems.  I am incredibly grateful for the truly wonderful education that PISD has provided to my kids leading them to success in their lives and great choices for their futures.  That’s is why I’m passionate about education and I want to give back by serving on the school board.

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      I have all day energy for team work, it’s been the bedrock foundation of my entire career as a Physician Assistant .  I understand intimately the ability and impact of a high functioning team.  As a member of a competent teamI know how important communication, personal responsibility, integrity and detailed follow-through are and how all of these aspects of a diversely talented team work toward achieving excellence and the desired outcome.

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      I understand that each person has something very unique and vital to contribute, I encourage everyone to develop and educate themselves toward their fullest potential and I strive to learn from others in areas that I myself may not have the background that they may have.

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      All three need some awareness of the challenges, how they plan to prepare for those challenges as well as the appropriate achievement to help them succeed at any and all of these areas.  A certain amount of indepedence, drive and desire are needed as well.

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      Persons who are familiar with the basics of navigating civil society, citizenship, personal responsibility and the willingness to take advantage of the diversity and richness that this amazing community provides.

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      I will show up to learn and serve, willing to stay focused on student’s needs and good governance.

    1. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      We have lived in Pearland for 13 years, I see the most wonderful diverse community coming together regularly to tackle issues and resolve challenges.  Since we have lived here I have seen 3 large medical complexes built in our community and I believe there is so much opportunity represented here for students for meaningful careers and job opportunities.  With nearly 20 years of experience in a medical field I can see how someone with my background can help to translate these opportunities to strengthen our local schools and provide opportunities for businesses and students alike.

    1. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      I believe a balanced budget helps to take care of this issue through good fiscal responsibility wherein we can we can provide great benefits and pay our people appropriately.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      We have lived in Pearland for 13 years, I see the most wonderful diverse community coming together regularly to tackle issues and resolve challenges.  Since we have lived here I have seen 3 large medical complexes built in our community and I believe there is so much opportunity represented here for students for meaningful careers and job opportunities.  With nearly 30 years of experience in a medical field I can see how someone with my background can help to translate these opportunities to strengthen our local schools and provide opportunities for businesses and students alike.
      Personally, I think having members from diverse backgrounds on a school board lends vitality and strength and that Ideally should represent businesses and major industries to reflect Pearland and Houston itself.  No one can deny the appeal of the Texas medical center to employers, great thinkers and change makers and I believe we have a unique opportunity because of Pearland’s proximity and our own thriving medical community.
      I have worked with teaching, training and guiding high school, college and PA students along their careers and love to follow their achievements towards their goals.  I always hear from them when they have gained acceptance into the program of their choice, pass their board exams and graduate.  I have been invited to speak to students of all levels about being involved in the medical field as well as having students shadow me as they prepare for their application to college and PA school.  I have volunteered with the Houston Food bank, taught Sunday school, been a band parent, Lax parent, a girl scout leader, cookie Mom and a regular Mom.  I belong to the Brazoria County Beekeepers, and a national organization for a veteran support group called Hives for Heroes.  I have been employed with the Federal Government as a Physician Assistant on the Neurosurgery team with two Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals, own my own small business based here in Pearland and am working on continuing to incubate my own non-profit addressing veteran suicide by combining a VA based mental health initiative and dog rescue for at risk veterans.

    Trent A. Perez Trent A. Perez

    Campaign Website: N/A

    Campaign Facebook: Trent Perez for Pearland ISD Trustee Position 7

    Campaign Email: perezforpearland@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: 281-760-1541

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      Trustees must provide leadership and guidance to the administration to develop policies and procedures for the district. Hey are the nexus between the district, the community it serves, and the professionals that provide those services.

    1. What makes you passionate about education?
      I have three children in the district. Parker (13), Rory (12), and Dani (11). The grade school experience is the most formative in our children’s lives, outside of the home. It needs to be a place where they feel safe and are given the knowledge and the skills necessary to be successful. I can credit my entire career to one teacher that inspired me. We need to make sure our district gives our students the same opportunity.

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      Trust and comradery are essential for any organization to achieve its goals. Without trust then the decisions will lack impact and longevity. Without comradery there can be interference in the way of progress.
      I have successfully served for six years on City Council, volunteering for numerous boards and commissions, and owning a thriving business. Therefore, I believe I am uniquely and expertly qualified to help shape Pearland ISD’s next phase.

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      There is no single approach to consensus building.  Everyone I have served with has had differing priorities and perspectives.  My approach is to treat everyone with dignity and respect and honor their opinions.  If I happened to disagree with their conclusions, then I can do so without questioning their intent.  I personally like to find something each team member is passionate about and find a way to help them reach their goals.  This helps me to find partners when I have an item that I need help progressing.

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      As a college graduate, a business owner, and a veteran, I would define each of these differently. A successful district should provide options for each student to find the path best suited for them. The past several decades school districts have put a heavy focus on college prep. We need to shift some of that focus towards technical trades for those students who don’t need college to enter their preferred career. Pearland ISD has moved in that direction with Turner High School. I would like to enhance and expand those programs' is a great way for students to prepare for a military career. Our districts should have a positive and direct connection to our local military recruiters and help students determine if the military represents their best path forward.

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      As an engineer I believe everything can be success. While it can be measured, it can be understood, and improved. Graduation rate, truancy numbers, and attendance rates are easy measurements we can use the determine the districts success. While I am not a huge fan of standardized testing, we can use the STARR testing scores to determine the health and success of our teaching.

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      Larry Berger was just formally accepted as the district’s Superintendent. As a trustee and the parent with kids in the district, I would give Superintendent Berger the grace to work through the challenges of a new position. I would not expect him to be mistake free, but I would want him to fix the issues that came from the previous administration. Particularly improving the communication between the ISD staff and the board.

    1. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      I would like to strengthen the connection between the Turner High School intern program and local businesses to start. My company has personally benefitted from that program, and I would like to see it expanded. I encourage the district to work with the Chamber to understand what programs the school could offer that would allow our students to stay at home after their school careers end.

    1. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community. As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      No organization work well with large staff turnover. Our first step would be a salary study to ensure our teachers and administrators our being paid in keeping with market. We should them adopt a policy for COLA adjustments each year. The next step would be to engage teachers directly to understand what benefits they would appreciate most. As a trustee I would do all I can to let the ISD staff know how important they are to the success of the district. Hey are not interchangeable pieces. Sometimes just a little recognition and appreciation can go a long way.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      I love Pearland and have spent the last 14 year continuously serving her, the last six as a City Council Member. As a business owner, a veteran, and a committed servant leader I understand very well what it takes to be a successful board member. I have never been afraid to speak my mind and take on challenges head on. I am also not afraid to admit that I don’t have all the answers. I am committed to being a good listener and always do what is best for our community.

    Nanette Weimer Nanette Weimer

    Campaign Website: N/A

    Campaign Facebook: Nanette Weimer for Pearland ISD School Board #7

    Campaign Email:  vote#4nan@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone:  713-816-4279

                  

    1. How do you define the role of a trustee?
      A trustee is someone appointed by the community to represent them in decision making related the best interests of students. Each trustee supports the school district in providing ahigh -quality education and managing funding. The trustees also oversee district management and evaluate the performance of the superintendent. I take the role seriously and am committed to serving the community and the students well. Communication with constituents is key in building a strong community relationship with the board.
      Even though if elected I would be serving in a new role, I am familiar with board agendas, topics of discussions, and needs of the district. As deputy superintendent I have regularly attended school board meetings and have presented board reports and agenda items for discussion. I also have worked with the board and superintendent on strategic planning, goal setting, review and update of board policy, and the student advisory committee.

    1. What makes you passionate about education?
      A quality education impacts the future of every individual.  Children deserve to be equipped with the tools and confidence to be successful in life.   As a teacher, principal, and district administrator I have enjoyed mentoring students to discover their potential, hiring and training teachers and campus leaders, meeting with parents and counselors to review pathways for students, and working closely with C&I on data disaggregation and campus planning for improvement.  I’m also passionate that all students graduate with a great education.   I have been part of the Student Outreach Committee for 17 years and am proud of a graduation rate of 99%. 
      My sixth-grade teacher impacted my life when she said this to the class, “Everyone is important.  If you are a doctor or a mechanic is doesn’t matter.  I am always looking for the best person to meet my needs.  Be the best of whatever job you do in life”.
      My career has been dedicated to educating and mentoring others to be successful. These individuals in return made me a better person.

    1. Elected Trustees are part of what is called the Team 8. This refers to the concept of trustees working with the superintendent to implement policy. What makes you uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective?
      I am uniquely qualified to help the trustees achieve the district’s direction from a team perspective because of my experience with policy review, updates and the process of making new policy.   I have worked with teams to in the past to make decisions.  I also have good relationships with the Board and district personnel from past experiences.  Together the Team brings in different perspectives , knowledge and talents toward consensus.  

    1. How do you build consensus with fellow trustees to help shape the direction of improving PISD?
      To build consensus, you first build relationships.  I am fortunate that I already have a relationship with some of the board members from being on the district leadership staff.  I look forward to some of the workshops and trainings that are involved with the position to build trust, share knowledge and get to know each other as a team.  
      I am dependable and committed to the position.   I hope that my fellow trustees can benefit from my experiences as I know I will benefit from theirs.  I am open to always moving forward to benefit the children and the community and sharing a vision.

    1. How do you define College, Career and Military readiness?
      College, Career, and Military Readiness refers to the preparation of each child for successfully entering a college, career, or the military after high school. CCMR is also part of the TEA state accountability system and looks at the percent of annual graduates that meet certain criteria such as earning an associate degree or taking dual credit courses. Pearland High Schools are doing well with CCMR accountability.

      Turner High School had 102 dual diplomas and 848 certifications issued to graduates last year.          

      Two of our high schools offer military experiences with PHS having ARMY and DHS having NAVY.

    1. How do you define quality public education outcomes?
      Quality public education outcomes are those outcomes that begin with the end in mind . Pearland ISD continually looks at what our graduates should be able to do to go to college and into the workforce.Our teachers work closely with local businesses to ensure skills are developed in courses offered so that the students can be successful and transition into jobs with ease. Overall colleges look at classes taken, extracurricular activity involvement, leadership, and mastery/GPA.
      Communication with the board, staff, community and colleges is important in determining planning and outcomes.

    1. Pearland ISD is in the process of hiring a new Superintendent. How do you plan to support the individual?
      I have lived in the Pearland community and worked for Pearland ISD for years.  I can offer support with experience and ties to the community.   I am familiar with the district’s past growth, bond elections, budgets, and policies. The superintendent can count on me to be open and honest and committed. I look forward to supporting the new Superintendent’s vision for the future of Pearland ISD. As a board member we need to look at what’s needed to meet his new goals to move Pearland ISD forward and help find needed resources.


       
    2. Public education plays a key part in the development of our local workforce. What is your vision for the district’s engagement with the business community in ensuring programs meet the local needs?
      Developing the local workforce is important for our thriving community. My vision is to increase the communication between the businesses, the district and its high schools. Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance has really taken a lead in this venture by hosting meetings with district personnel. With the help of local businesses and teachers, many high school students are in internships and some with a promise of a job when they graduate. The district and businesses receive a lot of feedback that they both can use to ensure that our kids are ready for employment in specific fields.


       
    3. Pearland ISD is a major employer in the community.  As a Trustee, how can you ensure Pearland ISD attracts and retains quality educators and staff?
      As a Trustee, we must actively recruit the best teachers and remain competitive with salaries, benefits, and support systems. District personnel can actively recruit from colleges and job fairs. Beginning teacher salaries must remain competitive and good experienced teachers need salary increases within the budget. Stipends are given for extra duties with some jobs and organizations. Those should be reviewed every 3-5 years. Incentive pay can be discussed if feasible. The ratio of teacher to pupils should be reviewed each year as well as the schedules to maintain a manageable class load.
      We need to try to maintain the support systems in place for teachers. The specialists in the C&I Department train teachers in curriculum and mentor them in their classrooms. Hey also do walkthroughs for coaching. This is a lot of support for new teachers to develop.HR also supports new teachers and student teachers with training and experiences. Teachers tell us all the time that they have never had support like this in other districts. Teachers are happy and the students benefit from great teaching. Our community and parents offer teacher support by volunteering, tutoring and fundraising.
      Other things that attract good teachers in Pearland ISD is our reputation.  The Houston Chronicle listed Pearland as one of the top places to work in the Houston area.  Our fine arts programs, athletics and academics remain in the top tier in the state.  Our SAT and AP scores compete globally. Maintaining great programs is important.


       
    4. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      My family and I have been part of this community for thirty- five years.  My children are graduates from Pearland, attended college and are successful in business.  My grandchildren have just started elementary in Pearland. My husband has had his own business in Pearland for 37 years.   I’ve always been proud of Pearland and the quality education it afforded children.  So many families are still moving here specifically for the “good schools”.

    Education has been my career and I’ve had lots of experience with all areas of the field. I graduated from East Texas State University with a BA and MA in education. I began my career here in Pearland ISD as a teacher, moved to principalship, and retired last year in district leadership as the Deputy Superintendent.   I’ve served and supported a lot of students and parents. I’ve been part of the team to maintain academic and extracurricular success .  I truly feel that I have more to give to the community and school district.    

    Please consider me for your vote and allow me the opportunity to serve you and your family.

     


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