COMPILED BY AMY DENNEY & BROOKE SJOBERG
Get to know candidates running in November’s midterm elections
Candidates were asked to keep responses under 50 words, answer the questions provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.
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ROUND ROCK ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PLACE 1
Occupation: engineering manager Relevant experience: father of 3, troopmaster of Trail Life USA, Watch D.O.G.S. Top Dog, MBA, MS chemical engineering 512-761-7668 • www.johnkeagy.com JOHN KEAGY
ESTEVAN JESUS “CHUY” ZÁRATE
Occupation: sta software engineer at Apple Relevant experience: Ph.D. in computer science as well as
Occupation: senior adviser at Advance CTE Relevant experience: teacher at Stony Point High School, 2015 Teacher of the
Occupation: actor, director and volunteer Relevant experience:
served on several RRISD committee chairs, including
numerous professional certications and awards; 15 years of experience developing computer software for industry leaders and ve years of experience lecturing at a national university; most importantly, father to three children aged 8, 7, and 5 who attend an elementary school in RRISD 206-409-6389 • www.semchyshyn.com
Year, career and technical education/ academy specialist with Round Rock ISD, assistant principal for LBJ Early College High School, statewide CTE coordinator with the Texas Education Agency, community volunteer 512-873-7438 www.drkevinjohnson4rrisd.com
diversity, arts in education and variety show; Watch D.O.G.S. member; TXPTA Emerging Leaders Academy member; presenter at TXPTA Launch; RRISD CARES Team member; McNeil High School Improv Club coach; guest director for the Canyon Vista Middle School Improv Club; RRISD mentor 210-831-3798 • www.chuy4rrisd.com
What will be your top priorities if you are elected?
The current board has failed in its sacred duty to 46,000 students in all areas including: maintaining employment of a superintendent in Texas with a permanent restraining order & setting oensively low academic goals for stu- dents. I will address these failures and restore parental rights.
I seek to establish how Round Rock ISD can re- cruit, train, mentor, retain and provide a career ladder for exceptional teachers who aspire to be instructional leaders. I will continue to address teacher pay within scal constraints. Safety and security is a high priority due to recent events in Texas.*
Hire a qualied superintendent who has not been accused of domestic abuse; ensure that our children’s rights to attend school and to breathe freely are never violated again; focus on academic excellence, keep politically divi- sive topics out of classrooms; curb out-of-con- trol spending on academically unnecessary items; and boost campus safety and security.
My priorities include equity in education; expansion of mental health and wellness programs post-pandemic to improve student outcomes; and collaboration with other trust- ees, administration and community members for the betterment of RRISD.
What uniquely qualies you for this position?
The students in RRISD deserve decision-mak- ers who put them rst. As an engineer I solve complex problems for a living, and as a father of three, a Watch D.O.G.S dad and troopmaster, my loyalty is solely to children and ensuring each one is prepared for a bright future.
Will bring common sense back into the RRISD board of trustees.
As indicated through my relevant experience, service at the local, state and national levels have been cornerstones of my personal and professional life. Round Rock ISD is the district I chose to assist with educating my children, and I believe I am the best candidate for Place 1 due to*
I am an expert collaborator and creative think- er because of my work as an actor, director and teacher. I know about the inner workings of RRISD because of my work with the PTA. I will stand up for students and teachers and be a voice for parents.
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