The WD recently sent questionnaires to the candidates in contested county races in the March 4 primary elections. The candidates were asked to provide background information and answers, in 300 words or less, to questions posed to them. Early voting begins Feb. 18. Today we look at the primary candidates for State Board of Education, District 11: Pat Hardy, Eric Mahroum and Lady Theresa Thombs.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Name: Patricia (Pat) Hardy
Educational background: B.A. Howard Payne University, B.S. University of North Texas
Professional affiliations/memberships: Texas Council for the Social Studies, Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association, World Affairs Council, Texas Alliance for Geographic Education
Community involvement: served on the Texas State Board of Education for the past 11 years, presently chairing the SBOE’s Permanent School Fund Committee, Kid’s Hope mentorship program at George C. Clarke Elementary in Fort Worth ISD, active in the Koinonia Bible Study class at Travis Ave Baptist Church, Vice-Chair of the Indian Creek Condominiums
Why are you running for office?
The future of Texas and the nation depends on quality education for all students. Strong public schools are necessary to maintain our democracy. In my 11 years on the Board, I have had the privilege to initiate many positive changes in Texas public schools. I have both the expertise and the desire to continue to move Texas public education to even greater achievements.
What do you feel is the most important issue in education?
There are any number of important issues that need to be addressed in education. One of the most challenging issues is shifting from our traditional teacher directed classroom to the technology driven learning environment. It is true that students do learn differently today than 30 years ago. Learning to keep students both engaged and challenged in our fast paced society is an issue of utmost importance.