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May 7, 2013

Mineral Wells ISD School Board Place 5 Candidates

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Her family includes spouse, Michael Lee, and two children: Elvis, 9, is a third-grade student, and Danica, 5, is a pre-kindergarten student. Both children are enrolled in Graford Elementary.

Education: 1993 graduate of Mineral Wells High School; 1997 graduate of Tarleton State University,with a bachelor of science in Biology; 2010 graduate of Lamar University with a Master's in Education in Education Administration. Texas Teaching Certifications include: Principal, grades pre-K-12; Composite Science, grades six-12; special education grades pre-K-12; Generalist, grades one through six; dance, grades six-12.

Q: What is the importance of Mineral Wells ISD to this community and what can a school board trustee do to strengthen the district's functionality?

A: Schools are an intricate part of our shared future. Educational opportunities determine the community’s future. The students will one day take care of us, and it is the school board’s responsibility through oversight to make sure our students receive the best possible education. We need to make sure that our students have the education they need to move on in life, but also the education that will allow them to stay in our community and be valuable and contributing citizens. It is a board member’s responsibility through school board meetings to take action on items that will benefit all students of the district. If chosen, I would strive to be impartial, listen to others' thoughts, and be responsible to the public for my decisions.

Q: Student academic achievement is always an issue, especially in light of the new STAAR tests and state measuring system. What would you do, if elected, to ensure the district improves in academics and raises the bar enough so students are prepared for college, work and a successful life?

A: The new STAAR tests and measuring system imposed on all school districts is overwhelming. There are high goals set with short time periods to obtain them. I know first-hand about these requirements, since I work in public education and I understand the trickle down impact school board decisions have on the students where it matters the most - the classroom. I would, through working with the board and superintendent, help to make sure the necessary resources are available to improve student achievement. It is not always necessary to ask for more revenue, but sometimes there needs to be an adjustment in priorities. Mineral Wells has great kids, and they are deserving of the opportunity to have the best teachers with the greatest resources so that they may achieve at a high level. I would also work with the superintendent and board in looking at new initiatives as needed to improve student learning.

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