I have a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor in Canada which is my original home. That is also where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.
I have been a practicing psychotherapist since 1971 taking two years off to backpack in countries such as Guatemala (6 mos), Turkey (3mos), and Israel (6 mos). Specialties include the treatment of sexual abuse and of ADD resulting in two books.
I give talks on Adult ADD as well as Women and Personal Power: How to Claim It. I am also a volunteer with Houston Audubon Society, especially during spring migration. There is a rookery at High Island that is world famous. I speak about its history.
1) District 133 was profoundly impacted by Harvey. We desperately need a flood prevention plan that includes a third dam. The state needs to pay 500 million dollars towards the construction of this dam to prevent future catastrophe.
2) Our children's education is suffering because the Algebra 2 was waived as a graduation requirement. The state tests passing grades were also lowered so that our children will not be competitive with other states. We rank 43rd.
3) Women's health is a backburner issue and Texas ranks 49th in health. The district needs to take a stand and support Medicaid expansion, increased money for public health education, and support money for planned parenthood as well as teaching our children pregnancy prevention beyond the failed celibacy approach.
I will urge the repeal of the law that removed Algebra 2 as a graduation requirement. I will urge that the state go back to previous levels of funding public education so that children with "special needs", i.e. any child with an ADA diagnosis can get the special services that they need. I will also urge a restructuring of Robin Hood even if it means dipping into the rainy fund. If our children's educational crisis doesn't constitute a crisis what does!
Many elementary school children need after school educational remediation is math and reading. The state needs to give grants to districts that develop programs to do this. Head start needs to remain a priority. Parents need to be strongly invited into this process and successful teachers nee to be observed by their peers to see how they too can enhance the learning experiences of their students. Teachers need to learn some Spanish in order to communicate with their students and the parents. Money needs to be available for that program.
Houston is a trafficking hub. There are plenty of professionals in this city who know how to train people to recognize a trafficked individual. There are programs that foster emotional recovery and that seek to teach these survivors skills that earn more than minimum wage. The state has to demonstrate a serious intent to deal with trafficking including stiff legal penalties for the purveyors of this evil action. Again money and laws are the way to go.
B.A. University of Texas Austin 1988
J.D. University of Texas Austin 1991
Attorney, Private Practice 1991-Present
Member, St. Martin Episcopal Church; Board of Directors, Faith in Practice; Volunteer, Interfaith Ministries (Refugee Services, Meals on Wheels)
1. Improve/Increase Funding for Public Education
2. Improve/Increase Access to Affordable Healthcare
3. Adequate Funding for Infrastructure/Flood Control
My first act will be to file legislation requiring the State to transfer $5 billion of the "rainy day" fund to public education funding, which is currently underfunded by the State. Second, I will advocate reform of the antiquated "Robin Hood" school financing system to more equitably distribute school funding, which will also allow school districts to cap and perhaps reduce local property taxes. Third, I will advocate teacher salary increases and an end to high-stakes standardized testing.
The State should fully support and fund both enforcement measures designed to arrest and prosecute sex traffickers, as well as programs that support victims. In this regard, I believe SB4 (the so-called "sanctuary city" law) should be repealed as it discourages victims of sex trafficking, who may otherwise be in this country without legal documentation, to seek protection from law enforcement authorities.