Humble ISD has set an election for four positions on the board of trustees for May 1. Two candidates, Incumbent Martina Dixon and Andrea Glazebrook are vying for Position 5. The Tribune profiled both candidates.

Martina Lemon Dixon

Tell me about your background, occupation, etc.

I am a third generation Houstonian and have lived in Kingwood for 21 years. I have a BA in communications from Auburn University and a post baccalaureate in construction management and a MA in education from LSU. I have 13 years teaching experience, eight of which were at North Shore High School in Galena Park ISD, where I attended high school. My teaching experience also includes Spring ISD, Houston ISD and Dekalb County schools.

Do you have any children that have attended or are currently attending Humble ISD? Did you attend any Humble ISD schools yourself?

I have two children currently attending school in Humble ISD, one at Kingwood Park High School and one at Kingwood High School. I also have two children who are proud Humble ISD graduates from the Humble High School international baccalaureate program. I did not attend school in Humble ISD.

What motivated you to rerun for this position as the incumbent?

Education has always been a priority to me. Everything I have done professionally and personally has been in the realm of education and I have always considered myself a lifelong learner. Prior to school board service, I was extremely involved in serving Humble ISD. I served on the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board as the finance chair and treasurer, on the PTA boards as legislative delegate and PTA president, on the PTA Council executive board, PTA scholarship chair and more. If reelected, my priorities would focus on maintaining equity throughout the district, regarding facilities, quality programming and instruction, and to continue the expansion of support for special needs and 504 students.

Why should voters elect you? What makes you the best candidate for this position?

Experience and involvement. Prior to school board service, I not only lived in the district for 21 years, but was extensively involved in Humble ISD and in the Humble-Atascocita-Kingwood community. Since being elected to the school board, we have faced many unimaginable challenges and have persevered. In the past four years, we got the district through Hurricane Harvey, Tropical Storm Imelda, three board appointments and now a pandemic. Of course, we do not know what the future brings, but stepping up and doing what is best for our students, teachers, parents and community is the type of hands-on experience that cannot be emulated.

Andrea Glazebrook

Tell me about your background, occupation, etc.

I am a lifelong resident of Humble ISD, where I have resided since 1976. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BS in 2000. I have spent my career in education, working a variety of roles, including special education department chair as well as a DA teacher. I began my professional career at Humble ISD and have since worked for a variety of districts, including Houston ISD and currently Cleveland ISD. I have volunteered with a variety of programs within each of the districts that I have served in.

Do you have any children that have attended or are currently attending Humble ISD? Did you attend any Humble ISD schools yourself?

I have a son, Tristan, 17, who currently attends Humble ISD and my other son graduated from Humble ISD. I attended Humble ISD myself, during a time where the district was developing. Back in the 1970s, the only school nearby was Foster Elementary.

What motivated you to run for this position?

I have been wanting to serve on the board for some time now, and finally everything lined up for me to run. As both a teacher and parent, I feel I have the working knowledge to accentuate the positives and realize any negatives to help promote the well-being of the district. I love giving back and I have the willingness and energy to pay back to the district.

Why should voters elect you? What makes you the best candidate for this position?

I think my experience sets me apart. I have a way of knowledge about the district, of which I am a lifelong resident. I watched the district grow from a small one to an enormous one and, through my experiences, I know the needs that this district faces. While working for Humble ISD, I learned the needs of expanding districts; as districts expand, they need to be aware of certain areas to keep in touch with. I believe I am uniquely qualified to face challenges that come out of the district’s growth. Furthermore, as a former DA and special Eed teacher, I know what needs certain groups of students face.

 

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