MISD Place 3 candidate questionnaire: Eduardo Gonzalez

Midlothian ISD candidate Eduardo Gonzalez answers questions for the May 1 election

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Eduardo Gonzalez

Name: Eduardo Gonzalez

Current profession: Educator

Elected office sought: Midlothian ISD School Board Place 3

Previous political experience: None

Family: Married 20 years to Cynthia Gonzalez, Three kids Eduardo (16), Leila (10), Lucas (6)

Questions:

Why are you seeking this office?

I moved to Midlothian three years ago because of the great schools and the conservative values it holds. Last year the district received a lot of negative publicity that divided our town. During last year’s election I became very concerned with the intentions and lack of experience of some of the people that were running to represent us. I found myself complaining as I was watching everything unfold. I then told myself, instead of complaining I need to get involved and make a difference. My goal is to contribute to the great things happening in Midlothian ISD and make sure that families get the return of investment they made in their children’s education.

What distinguishes you from other candidates for this office?

I am a 20 year experienced educator (teacher, administrator, central office). I know firsthand what teachers, administrators, and students go through on a day to day basis. I can provide the board a perspective from an educator lens so that we never lose sight of what’s the most important. The students! As any parent of MISD students we all want what is best for our kids.

What do you consider the key issues of this election?

I believe that Midlothian ISD is a model district compared to surrounding districts. I am convinced that Midlothian ISD can do better and become best in state. Some of the key issues I see is the disparity in the performance of our schools and we need to be producing more national merit scholars. I would like to see the district have a new strategic plan with specific goals tied to campus and student successes.

What are the greatest challenges facing the district and how do you plan to address those challenges, if elected?

Currently the greatest challenge is COVID and the struggle to bring things back to normal. I have seen the learning losses that are a result of students being at home and virtual learning. I have personally seen this in my children when I compare what they should know compared what they are expected to be. In collaboration with the new superintendent the district needs to treat this not as a sense of urgency, but emergency. I believe that with the proper leadership and systems in place we will see Midlothian ISD reach new heights.

What do you most want to make sure voters know about you?

I am running for school board because I am a parent of MISD students. I am not running for school board because I am an educator, however my college course work and career in education makes me the more qualified candidate. I have no agenda and no affiliations to any organizations or “key people in the community” to bring disruption to the district. I will be an advocate for ALL. I feel that running for school board is a calling and I am here to serve and support this great town I like to call home.