Janie Branham has announced her candidacy for Position 2 of the Humble Independent School District Board of Trustees. Branham, a career educator, retired from teaching in 2010 to raise her children Ruth and David Jr. who are currently 8th graders at Humble ISD’s Atascocita Middle School.
Branham, an Humble ISD resident since 2002, has a long history of community engagement which includes extensive volunteering for her church, Humble ISD public school students, and military veterans. She and her teenaged twins teach AWANA Bible study classes at Second Baptist North in Kingwood where she and her family are members. In 2015 she was honored as a “Women of Achievement” as a community activist by Humble’s FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. Branham also served as President of the Kingwood Area Republican Women in 2016 and 2017. In addition, Branham has served on the Maplebrook Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, and as vice president of the PTO at Atascocita Middle School in 2017-18.
“Our public school children are my only priority in running for this position. Outside interests and partisan politics will not sway my decision making. We must provide a first class education for every child, challenge every child, and prioritize every child. As a school board member the only reward I seek is success in educating our children.” said Branham. Branham notes a recent research presentation at the Greater Houston Partnership Annual Meeting by HEB President Scott McClelland which shows that if educational attainment for minority students stays at its current pace that the Houston area will be a huge economic deficit in the next generation. “We must build a culture that expects educational success for all children. If such a culture is not built, and student achievement is not attained, we will leave our children with a community inferior to the one we inherited.”
Branham is a former teacher, principal, television talk show host, and business manager in the Houston Independent School District. While principal of Crespo Elementary the school attained an exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency. As a TV talk show host she raised millions of dollars for underprivileged students and created over 100 business-school partnerships. She retired as an educator to set aside more time on raising her twins.
Branham earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master’s in Education from the University of Houston. She attained her doctorate in education with a specialty in management from Texas Southern University. Her dissertation, The Effect of Selected Variables on the Motivation and Attitudes of Urban Secondary Students in a Large Metropolitan School District, focused on the education outlook and incentive levels of public school children from diverse populations.
Janie Branham married David Branham in 2001. David is a professor of political science and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown.