Kingwood resident Chris Parker announced her candidacy for the Humble ISD school board Wednesday, Jan. 13, with her husband, children and mother in attendance.
"I fully understand the importance of providing our youth a competitive education that prepares them for a global world, which is a daunting task. I am pursuing this position with a commitment to maximize student outcomes while promising fiscal responsibility to the community. I firmly believe that teacher inclusion is imperative to formulate strategic planning from the bottom up, rather than top down," she said.
Parker’s motivation to run is, she said, her children. She wants to remain involved in the education system and will represent parents, children and teachers.
“I believe that a strong public school district is essential to the future of not only students, but the entire community. Humble ISD has a proud history of educational excellence. I should know. I am a 1993 graduate of Kingwood High School, where I received a quality education that prepared me well for college. I would like very much to see that same opportunity given to each and every student,” she said.
Her background in insurance training and sales will enable her to evaluate and match the needs of Humble ISD staff and assist the board in making experienced decisions. Parker's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in general human science from Stephen F. Austin University. She is a licensed insurance salesperson and trainer.
She has been a passionate community contributor in the Lake Houston area for well over 15 years. She has participated in the Humble ISD Community Leadership program, Leadership Lake Houston, Mothers Against Cancer, PTA at Deerwood Elementary, and the National Charity League, and is a member of the board of governors at the Clubs of Kingwood. Parker is a FamilyTime Woman of Achievement and Evelyn Walter Award for Excellence winner.
She is married to Jason Parker, an airline employee and Air Force veteran, and they have two daughters who attend Humble ISD elementary and middle schools. Despite Parker’s endless hours of volunteering, she always makes her husband and young daughters Payton and Sheridan know they are No. 1 in her heart.
Parker has been endorsed by a large number of respected community leaders and citizens including Sen. Brandon Creighton, Rep. Dan Huberty, Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jack Cagle, Chris Daniel (former Harris County district clerk), Mike Sullivan, Lynn Fields, Heath Rushing, Angie Chestnut (former Harris County Board of Education), Judy Cox (retired executive director of FamilyTime), Bebe Turner (former executive director of Mothers Against Cancer), Justin Lurie, Erica Johnston, Cheri Huber, Erica Johnston, Michelle Dykstra, Alice Rekeweg, Kaaren Cambio, Rick Walker, Jason Rowe, Mark Micheletti, Bob Rehak, Sara Rushing, Luis Guthrie and Bonnie Longnion, treasurer. The deadline for filing to run for a seat on the Humble ISD School Board is Feb. 12.