” … I believe we should teach the whole child, beginning with the end in mind.
Although the Klein P2P initiative is confirming that EVERY child is deserving of a great education,
we must always be mindful that the starting points may be different.”
Doug James – Candidate for Klein Board of Trustees | Position 2
Like many Klein residents, I want Klein ISD to be the leading school district in Texas. As a resident for 31 years, I know many talented people in Klein ISD who have worked towards making this goal a reality.
I entered this election because I understand that public schools provide the main road to opportunity for 90% of this country’s children, I want to defend and improve this backbone of our community. I am the right person at the right time to help Klein ISD realize its strong “Promise 2 Purpose” vision that “EVERY child will enter with a purpose and exit with the promise” of a quality education like our children had, and I want to give back!
Our three children graduated from Klein schools and are reaping the fruits of a strong Klein ISD education. All three of them have earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees! Two of them serve as Klein educators, and the third is pursuing a teaching certification—as we speak. My wife, Ronda, and I owe a great deal to the outstanding teachers, principals, counselors and other staff members who influenced our kids. I want to help provide that same measure of success for EVERY student who enters the doors of our schools.
More than 20 years ago, my wife “convinced” me to leave my comfortable corporate office at HP, then COMPAQ Computers, to visit an elementary school and read to a group of 2nd graders during my lunch break. Although Ronda taught school for a while prior to us having our first child, she embraced her role as a “stay-at-home mom” and volunteer. In the 1980’s, it seemed, all the “readers” were moms, so when Ronda identified a need for children to experience a male role model, I was, reluctantly, first in line. My life would never be the same again.
From that point on, I volunteered at many Klein schools and on various district leadership and strategy teams. I served as one of the original directors of the Klein Education Foundation and as a member of the 2015 Bond Committee. I worked with our new superintendent, Dr. Champion, on the Promise 2 Purpose Strategic Planning Committee and District of Innovation team. I’m flattered to report, that I have a room named in my honor for my help in establishing the International Business Academy at Klein Forest.
My commitment to our Klein ISD students and educators is undisputed. I entered this election because I believe our schools are capable of great accomplishments. As a member of the School Board, I can help Klein realize its strong vision for the future of our children.