“As a change agent, I am always looking for ways to improve my classroom and my school. But so many of the decisions that affect my students are made at the state level,” said Sarah Underbrink, a high school science teacher in Keller ISD and inaugural Educator Board cohort member. “As I’ve become more acquainted with the dealings in Austin, I’ve realized that the organizations that claim to speak on my behalf often don’t. I’m excited to have a real opportunity to infuse my expertise and my voice in policy debates.”
Teachers, coaches, counselors, and administrators on the Educator Board come from schools as varied and diverse as the state itself. From 1A to 6A schools, from elementary to career and technology classrooms, from special education teachers to instructional coaches, each educator brings a unique perspective and distinct policy interest that they are excited to champion.
“As a former teacher myself, I understand the frustrations these teachers face every day,” said the Foundation’s director of policy, Molly Weiner, who will oversee the Board. “They feel like state policy is being done to them instead of with them. We are committed to bringing educators to the table so they can voice their concerns and their ideas for change. No spokespeople – just real practitioners sharing their expertise with the policymakers who make decisions that affect their lives and their students’ futures every day.”