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2013-10-24

Hicks announces for Place 5, BISD Board

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My name is Brittany Hicks and I am running for Place 5 on the Bandera Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Growing up in a military family, we often moved. Although I appreciated the ability to see the country, meet new people and experience cultures and traditions, I instinctually knew never to get too attached to temporary addresses. Fortunately, that changed when I started calling Bandera my permanent home.
After earning a golf scholarship, I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in business. Active in athletics and extracurricular activities, I met my husband Brett Hicks, quarterback of the university's team.
Once we were married, Brett and I moved to his hometown of Bandera, starting our family with the arrival of our two young daughters and future Bulldogs, Harper and Lila. Brett lured me to Bandera, describing how special it was growing up in a small town. His fondest memories are playing on the State Championship team of 2002 and riding horses on his family's ranch, the Mayan Dude Ranch. Brett is right; I could not imagine living anywhere but Bandera. I feel blessed that my daughters will experience these same small town luxuries.
After college, I utilized my business degree primarily in a sales capacity for technology firms. However, an intense inner call to teach, a desire to shape the future and make our schools a better place, persuaded me to switch careers and to earn my secondary teaching certificate.
For the past three years, I have worked as an English and speech communication teacher, learning the complex, inner-workings of a school district. This experience inspired me to become more active in the school district my daughters will attend and makes me unique from the other candidates.
In my dual role as a teacher and a parent, I understand the importance of schools and communities building solid relationships, supporting each other for the common goal of providing our students with the best education possible. I also understand the challenges that teachers and administrators face, the emphasis placed on assessments, the effects of budgetary constraints and the navigation of curriculum in a technology-fueled society.
After the arrival of our second daughter, I decided to stop teaching in a full-time capacity to stay at home with our children and become more active in our community. However, my love for education and schools has not wavered, and serving as school board trustee is the best way for me to contribute my experience and passion for the betterment of our community.
I am not joining this race with preconceived notions or a personal agenda. I am running for Place 5 to represent students, parents and taxpayers, analyzing the perspective of each and using my best judgment to make informed decisions about what is right for our school and our community.
As I continue my campaign, I look forward to meeting you, listening to your ideas, and creating goals for our schools. Serving on our school board would be an honor that I would embrace with character and a commitment to our children.