Election Q&A: Meet the candidates for Leander ISD board of trustees Place 4

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Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Two candidates, Anna Smith and Jeff Johnson, are running for Place 4 on the Leander ISD board of trustees.

Grace Barber-Jordan, the incumbent Place 4 board member, is not seeking reelection. Board members are elected at large and serve four-year terms.


Here is information on the Place 4 candidates.


LEANDER ISD



Leander ISD board of trustees, Place 4










Anna Smith



Occupation: Community Volunteer, PTA Leader, Mom of 4


Top priorities: Special Programs & Services (Special Education, 504 and RTI) Mental Health Curriculum, Equitable Education for All Students






Why are you running for this position?



AS: I want to advocate for ALL children and Educators in LISD. Through my work as a PTA Leader in our district, I have witnessed what we can accomplish when we ensure ALL stakeholders in Leander ISD are seen, heard and valued, but ESPECIALLY when we give a voice to those who have been historically marginalized.



How will you help Leander ISD recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



AS: By prioritizing Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum for ALL Campuses. We must first rebuild safe spaces for students that will help them and educators navigate the trauma they’ve experienced during this Pandemic. Educators' mental health programs need to be a top priority and available across the district to ALL employees. And advocate so all students have access to an equitable education post-COVID-19.









Jeff Johnson



Occupation: Strategic Relations at Austin Bridge Builders Alliance


Top priorities: High-quality education for every child; Best trained and supported teachers; Responsible, sustainable financial policies






Why are you running for this position?



JJ: The care and support shown by the staff of our LISD elementary school special needs department was truly life-changing for our family. I am running for School Board to see future generations of children have access to the same excellent instruction and care that our own children have experienced, not only special needs but all students in the district.



How will you help Leander ISD recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



JJ: I will utilize community partnerships to make sure all students that need it have access to in-person education, all have access to quality online education, and create space for teachers to focus on one instruction style at a time. I will work with our demographer to distinguish long-term trends from COVID-19 effects to create a sustainable budget.


By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers Leander ISD and the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.


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