Carroll ISD's Place 7 candidates share priorities ahead of November special election

Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager are both running for Carroll ISD's Place 7 seat in the November election. (Courtesy Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager campaigns)
Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager are both running for Carroll ISD's Place 7 seat in the November election. (Courtesy Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager campaigns)

Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager are both running for Carroll ISD's Place 7 seat in the November election. (Courtesy Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager campaigns)










Stephanie Williams



Occupation: Love and Logic independent facilitator and barre instructor


Experience: classroom teacher, current CISD substitute teacher, past two-time PTO president, CISD Art Docent teacher, president of CISD Southlake Association of Gifted & Talented, first vice president of Young Men’s Service League, current member of Carroll Leadership Academy for Supporting Success


Campaign Website: www.stephanieforcisd.com
Contact: [email protected]; Facebook/Instagram: @stephanieforcisd; Twitter @stephanie4cisd




Why are you running for Carroll ISD board of trustees Place 7?



SW: As a former classroom teacher with a master’s degree in education, a Dragon mom of 4, and an active school volunteer, I would bring the perspective of an educator, a rational approach, and unique thought to the school board. As a trustee, I will leverage the skills I’ve developed as a lifelong learner and educator to make CISD the best it can be for all Dragons.



If elected as a trustee, what would be your top three priorities?



SW: I will use my background and experience in education to ensure all students feel welcome and safe at school so they can reach their fullest potential. Our Dragons deserve to have a school board that has only their best interests at heart; I am not backed by nor funded by a political action committee (PAC) as political ideology has no place in a nonpartisan school board election. I will work to ensure CISD stays innovative and Dragon Nation is as strong as ever.



With the ongoing discussions about diversity and inclusion, what do you think the district should do to ensure all students feel welcome?



SW: We must listen to the students and their experiences of racism and discrimination in CISD. We need to look for ways to educate students, teachers and administrators about being kind to one another, even those who are different from us and/or with whom we disagree. We must ensure our student code of conduct appropriately addresses incidents of mistreatment.



How do you plan to address concerns relating to COVID-19? Do you think the district should implement a virtual learning option? Why or why not?



SW: We should follow the advice of experts. Over 100 Southlake physicians shared recommendations on how to keep our students and teachers safe during this recent COVID[-19] surge, but unfortunately, their advice was largely ignored. CISD should think creatively about ways to ensure all students feel safe, like grouping masked students together. As for a virtual option, [Senate Bill 15] from the Texas Legislature allows districts to move up to 10% of their student population to virtual learning with no impact to their funding, yet CISD has not offered this option to families.



As the district continues to grow, what are your plans to make sure Carroll ISD students continue to receive a quality education?



SW: In 2004, the Carroll Medical Academy began as a cutting-edge approach to prepare students for a career in the medical field. We must take the same innovation and employ it in our STEAM program—particularly given our state-of-the-art facility at [Carroll Senior High School]—and as we develop our business program, starting with the AP Capstone program. Continuing to think outside the box and looking at best practices from high-performing districts around the country will keep CISD at the forefront.











Andrew Yeager



Occupation: Media sales executive and adjunct college professor


Experience: 30-plus years in management, training and sales in corporate business environment; 30-plus years in volunteer and community leadership, including eight years coaching youth soccer


Campaign Website: www.andrewyeager4cisd.com
Contact: [email protected]; Social Handles:@AndrewYeager4CISD




Why are you running for Carroll ISD board of trustes Place 7?



AY: Serving as a CISD school board trustee is an opportunity to give back to my community as Southlake has blessed my family in many ways. As both a current college teacher and business professional, I will use my experiences and communication skills to help promote a culture of respect, integrity, transparency and academic excellence.



If elected as a trustee, what would be your top three priorities?



AY: (1) Students: I will return CISD’s focus to academic core competencies for all students, and to eradicate last year’s “learning loss.” (2) Sound fiscal policies: I will work for balanced budgets, [for] fiscal discipline and [to] look for new revenue sources for CISD. (3) Support teachers I will work tirelessly for higher teacher pay, and most immediately, hiring [special education] paraprofessionals and school bus drivers—both [are] needed badly.



With the ongoing discussions about diversity and inclusion, what do you think the district should do to ensure all students feel welcome?



AY: Southlake is a welcoming community. It is my intent that our schools reflect that welcoming spirit. Working in tandem with the city, we can celebrate all cultures that make Southlake a wonderful place to call home, like our Diwali and Hispanic Heritage Month events. Let’s do more.



How do you plan to address concerns relating to COVID-19? Do you think the district should implement a virtual learning option? Why or why not?



AY: We saw the emotional and academic impact of virtual learning on students:increased rates of depression and anxiety, and average [State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness] scores dropping by double digits across every grade. Following state guidelines, we can make schools safe and teach in person.



As the district continues to grow, what are your plans to make sure Carroll ISD students continue to receive a quality education?



AY: According to the CISD, enrollment is down, putting pressure on school budgets. CISD competes with home schooling and private schools. CISD must work harder to retain and attract students and Southlake families.



By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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