Incumbent Angela Conrad is finishing her first term as an Humble ISD trustee and is seeking re-election to her Position 3 seat during the upcoming election.

Conrad has a master’s degree in educational technology from Arizona State University and 14 years in public education, teaching math and as part of the Humble ISD Instructional Technology department. Conrad chairs the Superintendent Evaluation Committee and serves on several other board committees, and has earned the designation of “Master Trustee” from Leadership TASB. Conrad has participated in Leadership Lake Houston and is an instructional designer for Insperity.

What are the kinds of circumstances in which you are most effective? 

I am most effective in situations that challenge my thinking, expand my perspective, make me feel vulnerable, and enable me to mature throughout the process.

What appeals to you about board service as a volunteer activity?

I have a personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of our school system.

What is the greatest challenge that Humble ISD will face in the next four years, during your term, and what remedies do you offer to address it?

Our greatest challenge will be effectively managing our growth. We are one of the 10 fastest-growing school districts in Texas; we have very unique, specific needs related to building new facilities, hiring new staff, and managing increasing academic costs. We need a strategic plan that reflects this, and we need to align all policies and resources to that plan. The strategy should also include creating a collaborative and supportive working relationship with each school, expecting and supporting the principal to become the school’s instructional leader, and communicating the vision and strategic plan to the public in a highly visible way that provides the context for leaders to make decisions supported by parents and the larger community. 

Do you think school board elections should be partisan and do you think candidates should be backed by a party? Would you accept an invitation to speak to a group that is clearly partisan?

School board elections should be nonpartisan. However, political parties often endorse school board candidates, but partisan affiliations do not always reflect the candidate’s positions on education policy and issues. I accept invitations to speak regardless of the affiliation, because it is my responsibility as a trustee to represent different groups in the community and ensure that others have a voice in making educational and administrative decisions.

 

Christopher D. Herron

Candidate for Position 3 Christopher D. Herron fervently believes in the necessity of a dynamic public school system, and will focus on using public financial resources to support public schools and make investments in teachers and infrastructure. He believes Humble ISD must achieve empowered and well-equipped students who can compete on a global scale and  schools that are incubators of ideas and diversity and deliver results beyond just the number of students who “pass” standardized tests. Herron has a history degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business. He is a business development manager for NRG Energy Services and has had a global career that has spanned the energy, telecom and industrial manufacturing industries, where he has led major capital projects, acquisitions and investments for entrepreneurial start-ups and Fortune 100 international companies at home and abroad in England, Mexico and Denmark.

What are the kinds of circumstances in which you are most effective?

In my professional life, I have developed competencies and abilities to solve complex problems with multi-dimensional inputs in ambiguous environments. I’ve figured out how to achieve organizational growth in those environments. As a large, complex organization itself, this district faces challenges that will require trustees skilled in understanding, assessing and framing these situations. Trustees will need to identify alternatives and achieve objectives and goals. I bring experience from public, private and governmental entities. I have worked on financing complex transactions and restructuring companies, which requires leadership, strategy development and collaborative skills to be successful. I also bring experience serving on nonprofit boards to develop strategies and achieve goals with limited funds.

What appeals to you about board service as a volunteer activity?

I like thinking about ways our world can be better. Volunteering to serve as a trustee gives me an opportunity to collaborate with the community, district and fellow trustees on the direction of our school district. I saw a need for someone with my personal, work and volunteer experience to bring a different perspective to the board and fight for a vision of our community in which public schools matter. 

What is the greatest challenge that Humble ISD will face in the next four years, during your term, and what remedies do you offer to address it?

Our greatest challenge is student population growth. I will support policies which (1) change how the student-teacher ratio is calculated to maintain or reduce classroom loads; (2) increase teacher training in diversity and cultural sensitivity to improve teaching outcomes, (3) provide better planning and investment in physical infrastructure to allow adequate classroom and learning space; and (4) retain good teachers and expand professional development.

Do you think school board elections should be partisan and do you think candidates should be backed by a party? Would you accept an invitation to speak to a group that is clearly partisan?

School board elections should be nonpartisan. Our children’s public school education should be a primary concern for all community stakeholders for the success of the public education system. Our state and national economic and societal success is largely dependent upon a well-educated, well-trained and well-prepared population. However, we disagree on the right path forward to achieving those objectives. Party affiliations may give candidates resources to compete and put forth a view to the community. I would accept an invitation to speak to a clearly partisan group, and would welcome the opportunity to speak to a wider audience, influence the debate, and convince voters that I have the right ideas.