November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Pflugerville ISD board of trustees Place 6

Larry Bradley and Jean Mayer are the two candidates running for Place 6 on the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees.
Larry Bradley and Jean Mayer are the two candidates running for Place 6 on the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees.

Larry Bradley and Jean Mayer are the two candidates running for Place 6 on the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees.



PFLUGERVILLE ISD



Pflugerville ISD Place 6










Larry Bradley




Occupation: retired educator


Experience: B.S. in biology and physical education; M.S. in education administration and PE; teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of student affairs over 39 years


Contact: N/A




What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



LB: My top priority is always student access to a rigorous curriculum. The education of every student will determine the success of our community and nation. We have to provide the opportunities and tools to create the best education possible for each student.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



LB: I experienced the effects and affects of a quality education over the expanse of my career and I know that it is possible to fulfill every student’s dreams through our PfISD.



How should Pflugerville ISD manage its growth?



LB: Cautiously aggressive is the most appropriate way to handle the growth. We must provide the infrastructure and facilities for students to be successful. These may not be traditional facilities as covid-19 has given us a glimpse of other possibilities that may be more effective.



What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the district, and how will you improve it?



LB: Our greatest challenge is creating an environment where all students learn and progress. We have to eliminate the educational gaps that exist in the current structure of our schools and those around the world. As an elected board member, I will work with the team to accelerate our efforts in solving this issue and others as they arise. Teamwork makes the difference!









Jean Mayer




Occupation: CEO, advocate


Experience: associates degree in culinary and hospitality management; CEO and business owner for over 16 years; catering, events firms and ecommerce






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



JM: Top priorities is to dismantle the inequities in the district and assign proper representation to stakeholders making decisions, creating plans and problem solving. We have major disparities between certain campuses, it's clear. Decisions are repeatedly made without any tangible plans. That needs to change along with much better improved guiding principles in making those decisions.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



JM: I am empathetic, I am advocate for all and an outside of the box thinker, planner, organizer, etc. As a special needs parent, I know the many layers involved with steering variables, even the slightest that have tremendous impact on our exceptional learners. I firmly stand with the voiceless and marginalized community members. Driven by purpose and not position, my purpose is to serve.



How should Pflugerville ISD manage its growth?



JM: PfISD should be making decisions for our student and our community that are reflective of the full representation inside of our entire community, inclusive and non-biased. It's possible, just needs to be guided with better principles of decision making. We have to encourage advocacy on all levels and mobilize.



What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the district, and how will you improve it?



JM: Transparency in communication, organization, growth and marginalized inequities. Lack of sustainable foundation for teachers to steward the growth and decrease the massive turnover that is happening with administration. COVID has only amplified the already established fractures in leadership and curriculum inside of PfISD.


By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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