1. Why are you running for the Board of Education? If elected, what will be your priorities?
As a father of two children, I wanted to double down on my volunteer efforts within the community and have a say in the direction of their education. Having been involved with the local philanthropic community over the last few years, I want to continue being a positive role model, leader and advocate for all children in the area while raising more awareness about student safety and academic improvement among lower-performing schools within the district.
2. Is there a particular issue that motivates you to serve on the board of education?
The Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot of stress on families with school-aged children and as a result, has uncovered a new range of challenges for teachers and students alike. The path to recovery will be a long and arduous one that will require great effort to keep students and faculty safe and productive.
3. What particular experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member?
Throughout the last two decades, I have displayed a strong worth ethic and willingness to learn that spurred substantial growth opportunities within large Fortune-500 companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area including Texas Instruments and Microsoft.
In addition, I recently pursued a Leadership Essentials Certificate from Cornell University where I learned valuable management and administrative skills including how to become a powerful leader; building high-performance teams; executing interpersonal communications skills; managing team performance, time and priorities; conducting effective interviews for hiring; and addressing workplace behavioral issues.
Also, for the last five years, my family and I have sponsored a child in Kenya through the Hope Foundation of Kenya and in 2017, I visited the country on a mission trip where we taught in the schools, played with the children, attended church and helped the village build new mud huts that were destroyed after heavy rains. Similarly, I also served as a volunteer on a 2016 trip to Thailand where we helped teach English to elementary school students who lived within impoverished areas and could not afford to employ native-English speakers in the schools.
4. In what school district or community activities/organizations have you been involved?
As an active member within the local philanthropic community, I have donated my time, energy and have made financial contributions to a number of local organizations including the North Texas Food Bank and more. For the last year, I have been a member of Parents in Partnership (PiP) at Imagine International Academy of North Texas (IIANT). I’ve also been involved with the Texas oil industry for the last nine years and currently served on the board of directors for the Milligan Water Supply Corporation.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was involved in my local church as a leader in the ReEngage Program, which is a 16-lesson curriculum designed to bring couples together by applying biblical principles for building a healthy relationship.
5. Why should you be elected to the Board of Education?
Driven by strong leadership skills and a passion for education, I believe that I can be a great asset to the community as well as the McKinney ISD board of trustees if elected. Having children myself, I share a lot of the same values, worries and ambitions as most other parents but also bring a unique perspective to the issues at hand based off of my previous experience. At the end of the day, we all just want what’s best for our families and I promise that with each decision I make it will come from a place that has the student’s best interest at heart.
6. What differentiates you from the other candidates and/or board members?
I bring a unique perspective to the table as I have experience in teaching and helping educators within lower-income and rural schools from different parts of the world. I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of hard work and dedication to furthering a student’s education and I look forward to putting those key principles as the focus of my efforts as a board member.