2022 Election Watch: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas
Georgia (and Alabama and Arkansas and Texas) are on our mind. These four states have elections on Tuesday, May 24, and 27 Run for Something candidates are on the ballot. We can win big across the South next week, but we need your help. Get to know our spectacular candidates below and sign up to volunteer this weekend to get them across the finish line.
Alabama House, District 3
Volunteer with Wesley
Wesley Thompson is running for Alabama House District 3 seat. Having served as pastor for five years and a hospice chaplain for three years, Thompson walked alongside people in not only their best moments but also their worst, allowing him to witness many angles of human experiences as well as Alabama’s healthcare system. Knowing that many of these experiences are a direct cause of legislation in this state, his perspective and empathy allow him to be a strong voice and advocate for those he serves. As a substitute teacher and a father, he has a keen understanding of the importance of investing in the lives of our children and in the lives of the hard-working teachers dedicated to educating our children. Wesley has worked tirelessly to highlight injustice and promote meaningful solutions for change. I’ll use my voice, my energy, and my influence to help those who feel ostracized, voiceless, and mistreated. Anytime a person or group is unfairly dismissed due to their difference, I believe our community has an obligation to help.
Thompson has shown a deep love and commitment to his community. His personal experiences and proven leadership make him uniquely qualified to serve the great people of the Shoals. District 3 deserves a representative who will stand up for the Shoals and make sure their voice is heard in Montgomery. Wesley Thompson aims to be that voice. Wesley is married to his college sweetheart Le’Tanndra, and they have 3 sons.
Alabama House, District 54
Volunteer with Brit
Brit Blalock is running for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 54 to bring a bold, progressive voice to the state legislature and build momentum for people-powered government. She is dedicated to fighting for Medicaid expansion, voting rights, investing in industries of the future, and much more. Brit is an Alabama native who’s spent her career helping nonprofits improve their communications and fundraising efforts. A community organizer and activist for 10+ years, Brit is the founder of two Alabama-based LGBTQ support organizations — The Bevy and SAFE Samford. She is also involved in several other social movements across the state and served as a central organizer for the 2019 March for Reproductive Freedom.
Brit is the first openly non-binary person elected to Alabama’s State Democratic Executive Committee and would be the first non-binary person elected to state office in Alabama. She believes Alabama needs a political transformation and that the legislature should reflect the state’s diverse population. Over the last five years, she’s helped 20 progressive Democrats run for office and is particularly devoted to electing more women, LGBTQ people, and people of color. Brit also recognizes that Alabama’s campaign finance system enables corporate greed to control the state, so she’s running a campaign that refuses corporate PAC/lobbyist funding. Brit lives in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham with her partner, Leila, and their pets.
Travis T. Hendrix
Alabama House, District 55
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Travis was born and raised in “The Brickyard” or, as was formally known, Tuxedo Court Public Housing Community in Ensley, Alabama. His upbringing was plagued with the harsh realities of crime, violence and poverty. He was raised by his grandmother who raised him on the importance of service, sacrifice and prayer.
He attended Ensley High School, completed a GED program and went on to attend Miles College. He went on to complete his bachelor’s degree and went on to receive my master’s degree in Strategic Management at Oakland City University.
He is a proud father, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and True Love Church Ensley.
Alabama House, District 56
Volunteer with Tereshia
Tereshia Huffman is an Alabama native, a product of Birmingham City Schools and a graduate of the University of Alabama. Throughout her career, Huffman has championed underserved communities, working to secure equitable resources and opportunities for all. In December, 2020, Huffman was appointed to the Birmingham Water Works Board as its youngest and sole female member and has used the platform to improve water infrastructure and increase female participation in spaces of leadership and business. Teresa is also a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Washington County Justice of the Peace, District 8
Volunteer with Kacee
Kacee Hawthorne is running for Justice of the Peace, District 8 of Washington County. She works as an HR Generalist with a Master’s in Political Science. Kacee is running for Quorum Court to advocate for affordable housing and criminal justice reform in order to support local communities. She also supports policies that advocate for workers’ rights, equality for all, and greater access to health care. Much of her activism in 2020 and extensive research on marginalized communities have played a key role in taking an active role in local politics. Kacee currently serves as the Chair for the YDAR Rose Caucus, a DSA member, and is excited to support progressive policies.
Clayton County Board of Education, District 1
Volunteer with Jasmine
Jasmine Bowles is an Atlanta native, and currently represents her hometown on the Clayton County Board of Education, Georgia’s 5th largest school district.
After earning her B.A. from Emory in 2010, Jasmine joined Teach for America as a Miami-Dade corps member, received a M.S. in Education from the University of Miami, and an Ed Finance Certificate from Georgetown. Jasmine continued her career as an educator, advocate, and organizer in New Orleans and Atlanta. In 2016, Jasmine founded PROOF Inc, a community organization committed to intergenerational problem solving through Think Tanks, and helped charter the Young Democrats of Clayton County. Her range of experiences, from classrooms to community organizations, inspired her to run for public service.
Jasmine was elected to represent District 1 on the Clayton County Board of Education in 2018, unseating an incumbent and becoming the county’s youngest elected official. She considers it an honor to represent scholars, teachers, and families in her neighborhood, and to help govern the schools she graduated from.
In addition to her local impact, Jasmine has coached hundreds of teachers, policy fellows, non-profit leaders, and public school board members across the country throughout her career. Currently, Jasmine serves as the Georgia State Director for Care in Action, where she helps advocate for women of color & domestic workers through advocacy, lobbying, and legislation.
Diijon DaCosta Sr.
DeKalb County Board of Education
Diijon DaCosta is a DeKalb County resident who graduated from Redan High School. He obtained his Bachelors from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. He is a founder of DeKalb Kids Project, Inc. (DKP) a nonprofit organization which focuses on emphasizing the importance of academic success and leadership among the youth by incorporating community service, mentorship, and outreach in collaboration with homes, community, and schools. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education and previously served as the Southern Regional Director of the National Black Council of School Board Members.
Diijon DaCosta has devoted his life to his commitment of building a stronger DeKalb and empowering our community for our children to succeed. He believes by the following motto, “The way that you dress, will be the way that you are addressed. Once you change your mind, everything around you will also change.”
Diijon DaCosta is running for reelection because he believes in the future of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) and its scholars. As a product of DCSD, educator, and a parent advocate raising his children here, Diijon DaCosta is a witness to the barriers inhibiting progress. If re-elected, the top priorities include alternative educational programs ,expanding Early Learning Centers in all regions, increasing CTAE ( Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) programs throughout DeKalb.
Georgia House, District 40
Volunteer with Thomas
Thomas is running for Georgia State House district 40. He is a resident of Vinings, a self-made software engineer, a father and a husband who believes deeply in the power of public institutions to shape and improve the lives of everyone in Georgia.
With the problems facing Georgians being so vast — rising housing costs, runaway inflation, and never ending attacks on Georgia’s cherished right to vote — Thomas believes that the solutions that we need to address these need to be new and bold. However, looking around the political system it seemed like the leadership of the state had barely shifted in the last 30 years — the same old leaders that had occupied the seats in 1990 were still occupying the seats now. So, Thomas made the decision to run for office in order to give a new generation of Georgians hope and representation.
Thomas aims to help Georgia move forward and shed its old political class and adopt modern ideas, including forceful advocacy of worker rights, government transparency and the improvement of the everyday’s Georgian’s quality of life.
Georgia House, District 59
Volunteer with Phil
Phil is a non-profit leader that supports Atlanta youth by providing exposure to local companies, colleges and after-school mentorship. Phil has dedicated his life to serving his community and believes in a future where hardworking families can prosper and every child can thrive no matter their zip code or background. Phil is running to represent Georgia’s House of Representatives District 59, and is fighting to invest fully in our public schools, expand access to quality and affordable healthcare, and raise the minimum wage to a liveable wage. A former neighborhood president and a Peace Corps alum, he will work hard to build a vision for our communities that is inclusive and supports working families. Phil and his wife live in Summerhill where they are raising their infant son.
Georgia House, District 88
Volunteer with Gabrielle
Gabrielle Rogers is known for her Quality Leadership that has helped improve the Quality of Life for thousands of families in her community. She is an experienced business professional, wife of a union worker, parent advocate and lifetime public servant that was born in the heart of Decatur and reared off historic Candler Road. Gabrielle is running to serve as the 1st woman to represent House District 88.
Her passion for speaking up for those that are unable to speak for themselves prompted her to accept a position as a Marketing Sales Director at a major entertainment holding company in metro Atlanta. Over the span of her 10-year career, she’s managed millions of dollars to successfully create job opportunities, increase minimal wages and offer medical benefits to hourly wage workers. Gabrielle is running to revitalize opportunity in her community by alleviating underemployment, implementing protections for small businesses, expanding criminal justice reform and improving public safety.
Gabrielle serves and works tirelessly in several civic organizations and boards in the DeKalb County Community: National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Decatur-DeKalb Chapter, Inc., DeKalb Section National Council of Negro Women, Junior League of DeKalb, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the Stone Mountain Action Coalition (SMAC). During a Special Election, Gabrielle was voted as the 2021 President of DeKalb Young Democrats.
In her personal time, Gabrielle loves spending quality time with her husband, Jonothan, and her two handsome bonus sons, Jonothan and Joshua.
Georgia House, District 90
Volunteer with Sarai
Saira is a civil rights attorney, and voting rights advocate, and community leader with experience in the corporate, non-profit, and political sectors. She is running for Georgia House District 90 because she is passionate about voting rights and ensuring that every Georgian can make their voice heard. Saira was the director of President Biden’s voter protection operations for the State of Georgia in 2020, and she served in the same role for Senators Warnock and Ossoff during the 2021 U.S. Senate runoff. Under her leadership, over 12,000 volunteers were trained and engaged in critical voter protection efforts in Georgia, including statewide poll watching and ballot processing monitoring programs, a voter protection hotline that received over 130,000 calls, and a ballot cure operation that helped make over 15,000 ballots count.
Prior to her work in Democratic politics, Saira practiced civil rights impact litigation at the Southern Poverty Law Center and complex commercial litigation in private practice. Throughout her career, she has been a problem solver with a track record of overcoming complex challenges in fast-moving and high-pressure environments. Saira is a graduate of Georgetown Law, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia’s public school system. She and her husband have three wonderful kids, ages 7, 4, and 2.
Georgia House, District 90
Volunteer with Bentley
Bentley Hudggins is an Asian-American union member, organizer and community builder. For over a decade they have done the real work of standing up for our communities when our leaders have failed to do the right thing.
Bentley has protected workers from employment discrimination, organized for the elimination of cash bail in Atlanta and Dekalb county, and helped thousands of our neighbors get vaccinated when our state leaders failed to do their jobs.
At the New Georgia Project, as their political strategist, Bentley defeated Brian Kemp’s budget cuts to the state public defender budget and spent countless hours registering neighbors to vote to make sure that every single person in the community can exercise their fundamental right to participate in free and fair elections.
Georgia House, District 97
Volunteer with JT
JT Wu is a lifelong Georgian and native Gwinnettian who’s running to be District 97’s voice in the Georgia State House — and would be the first Chinese American male ever elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Born to immigrant parents, JT went from Gwinnett County Public Schools to graduating cum laude on scholarship from Princeton University, where he got his start in public service working with the State Department. Since then, he’s collaborated with diplomats on policy research, successfully raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour as the first-ever Asian-American on the Gwinnett County Public Library Board, and founded an early childhood literacy nonprofit in Gwinnett County teaching kids of all backgrounds to read. In addition to his philanthropic educational and healthcare advocacy, JT has held private-sector executive roles in the financial and healthcare industries, partnering with doctors to expand access and non-opiate treatment options for patients suffering from chronic pain or opioid and substance use disorders.
JT’s running a positive campaign to defend the promise of the American Dream for every Georgian, grounded in shared values of Opportunity, Community, and Progress. Thanks to deep relationships with local leaders, JT has a proven track record of bringing folks together to get things done. He’s running to make sure the next generation of Georgians will have the same opportunities he had growing up — high-quality education, affordable healthcare, an economy that works for every Georgian, and hope for a brighter future.
Georgia House, District 97
Volunteer with Ruwa
Ruwa Romman is running to become the first Muslim woman in Georgia’s State House. She was born in Jordan and is the granddaughter of Palestinian refugees. When she was 7 years old, her parents moved to Georgia where they raised her and her three siblings
Through a mix of scholarships, like HOPE, she was able to attend Oglethorpe University and eventually go on to earn a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
For more than a decade, she worked to empower her communities to turn out and make their voices heard at every level of government. Ruwa helped establish the only Muslim civil rights organization in Georgia and directly worked against the Muslim Ban eventually helping draft and pass the No Ban Act. She also helped establish the Georgia Volunteer Hub to train the influx of Georgia and national volunteers while connecting them to local Georgia organizations. In the past, she worked as a Field Organizer for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and served as Communications Director for CAIR Georgia. That work gave her the exposure to see a path to a blue Georgia long before so many dared to believe it.
Ruwa is running to put public service back into politics. She will work to invest in our future by advocating to fully fund education, expanding access to healthcare, bridging the economic opportunity gap, and protecting the most fundamental right to vote.
Rebecca Mitchell, DVM, PhD
Georgia House, District 106
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Rebecca Mitchell is a scientist, legislator, and mom focused on public health and education in Georgia. She has spent the past year advocating for sound public health policy during the pandemic through floor speeches, presentations, and webinars. Rebecca brings a unique and powerful technical skillset to the statehouse that allows her to offer practical input on the impact of bills related to public health and data analysis. Her focus on education policy spans from pre-kindergarten and childcare costs, to the impact of the state’s education laws on K-12 education to making college more affordable for Georgians.
Georgia Senate, District 7
Volunteer with Beth
Beth Moore is a lifelong Georgia resident, entertainment attorney, small business owner, and two-term legislator who is now running for Senate District 7. During her time in the State House, she has been an outspoken advocate for expanding access to affordable healthcare, preserving the integrity of public education, fighting for civil and human rights, and protecting our right to vote. The issue she is most passionate about is ending the death penalty in Georgia.
Georgia Senate, District 7
Volunteer with Nabilah
Raised in Gwinnett County, Nabilah Islam is a lifelong fighter, organizer, and community advocate dedicated to advancing Democratic causes. As the daughter of working-class immigrants, Nabilah watched her parents work long hours to put food on the table. When she was in high school, her mother was injured at the warehouse she worked at as an order puller.Nabilah saw firsthand the devastating effects our broken healthcare system can have on families. Nabilah is running for State Senate because she understands the need for quality healthcare access, when elected Nabilah will fight to expand Medicaid.
As a product of Gwinnett County Public Schools, Nabilah knows how important our public education is for the success of our students. That is why she will fight for fully funded schools and a strong curriculum. She will be an advocate for our teachers and vote to increase teacher salaries and benefits.
Nabilah has been a fighter for our voting rights and in the State Senate she will protect our access to the ballot. Nabilah served as a Senior Advisor to the Gwinnett Democratic Party where she helped lead outreach to underserved communities– leading to the strongest Democratic performance in the county and helping to elect President Joe Biden. During the critical Senate runoffs, Nabilah led an organization, which knocked on over 34,000 doors, turning out Black and Brown voters across Gwinnett for Senators Ossoff and Warnock. Nabilah is a committed fighter for her district and will always uplift our community.
Georgia Senate, District 36
Volunteer with Chase
Chase Stell is a Georgia native, environmental advocate, and Democratic activist running for Georgia State Senate District 36. Chase has organized with Democratic party promoting progressive values across Georgia for nearly ten years. Chase is currently serving his second term as the president of the Young Democrats of Atlanta and also serves on the Young Atlanta Leaders board of The People’s Uprising and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. He also serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s state advisory committee. He has significant experience organizing young people to stay involved and contribute to their communities, and will bring that to the Gold Dome.
Chase works at a nonprofit called the Center for Transportation and the Environment which is a planning and engineering firm working to deploy zero emission vehicles and infrastructure across the country. Chase is running because he believes climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and we have to be ready to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to withstand its effects. He is running because he wants to close the food, transportation, and education equity gaps across district 36. He is running to ensure that our kids get a robust and quality public education regardless of where they live. Chase is running because he is ready to mobilize to get fresh food to the folks in South Atlanta when a grocery store closes. Community outreach is extremely important to Chase and he will advocate on the district’s behalf 365 days a year.
Gwinnett County Commission, District 2
Volunteer with Ben
Ben was the first person of color and first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to the Gwinnett County board of commissioners. He has worked to improve representation, accessibility, and accountability in government. He issued the first ever pride month proclamation and updated the non-discrimination policy to explicitly include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Ben majored in computer science at the Georgia institute of technology after creating some of the first websites on the internet. He went on to create some of the first apps for the iPhone and had some of the first apps in the App Store. For his first campaign, he built and designed his own brand and marketing materials and website and built an entire voter information and engagement platform that helped him defeat a 2 term incumbent. His technology background is rarely seen in elected officials and this has allowed him to make significant changes in modernizing the county government to achieve his goal of having the most satisfying government experience. He hopes that by investing in technology infrastructure, he can significantly improve efficiency and effectiveness and engagement of all governments.
Gwinnett County Solicitor-General
Volunteer with Lisamarie
Lisamarie Bristol is a wife, mother, immigrant to the United States and daughter of immigrants. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario Canada to Caribbean parents, Lisamarie has called metro Atlanta home since 2005. A 2009 Georgia State University College of Law grad, she has been a career public servant.
A former public defender, now prosecutor and adjunct professor, Lisamarie understands that the ideal time to make a difference in someone’s life who comes into contact with the criminal justice system is when the offenses are non-violent and low risk. That is why she is running to be the next Solicitor-General for Gwinnett County; to create meaningful intervention and diversion programs that will hold people accountable while also addressing root causes in hopes of breaking the cycle of recidivism. Lisamarie also understands that misdemeanor crimes can have a negative impact on someone’s life. Job opportunities, housing, student loans and serving in the military may be affected. Lisamarie will work to ensure that the Solicitor’s office handles cases efficiently so that victims are served and receive the resources they need, and defendants are able to address their cases without undue delay.
Lisamarie is running to focus on bringing efficiency to the office because justice delayed is justice denied. She is running to ensure that meaningful programs are put in place to help people. She is running to build bridges with other community partners, because ultimately, community safety is a community issue that requires all community leaders to be invested and work together.
Texas House, District 100
Volunteer with Venton
Venton Jones is a native of House District 100 representing a new generation of leaders committed to advancing equity and justice through two decades of experience leading organizations, impacting public policy, and organizing diverse communities. Since the beginning of his career, Venton has been a tireless advocate working to improve healthcare access, fighting for marginalized communities and middle-class families, and protecting voting rights.
Atalia Garcia Williams
Dallas Justice of the Peace (Precinct 2, Place 1)
Volunteer with Atalia
Atalia Garcia Williams is a bilingual (Spanish and English) attorney, mediator, and real estate professional. She is an experienced attorney of almost 12 years. Her law practice serves the community, and it has allowed her the opportunity to work with clients in many areas of law. She knows the court system and the law. Atalia can hit the ground running from her first day on the bench. As a first-generation college graduate of Mexican immigrant parents, she was taught the importance of hard work at a very early age. Atalia knows what it is like not to have it easy. She was a teenage mother and survived domestic violence. She pulled herself up with her bootstraps and graduated college and law school. She became a lawyer, all as a single mother. Atalia is knowledgeable in many areas of law. Atalia wants to make sure that people are treated fairly in our justice system. Atalia understands that the People’s Court deals with real cases that affect real people. She is dedicated to access to the courts, justice, and equity. Atalia believes everyone should have their day in court and have a qualified and experienced person on the other side of the bench. If elected, Atalia will be the first Latina elected to this court. Atalia understands the community and will listen and respect them. Atalia will bring her real-world experience as an individual and her experience as an Attorney to ensure the law is upheld while being compassionate, just, and fair.
Fort Bend County Commissioner, Precinct 4
Volunteer with Dexter
Dexter L. McCoy, a passionate progressive, is running for Fort Bend County commissioner for Precinct 4, to give voice to and advocate for the most diverse county in America.
In his career, Dexter has been a key player in impacting great change in every organization in which he has served.
Dexter discovered his mission as Student Body President at Boston University, where he expanded the services available to students and assisted the University in its efforts to raise $1 Bil for increased financial aid and academic resources.
During his tenure as an appointee in the Obama Administration, Dexter spent much of his time focusing on college access issues and implementing the administration’s agenda on addressing harassment in our nation’s schools.
Following his time in Washington, D.C. Dexter returned home to Fort Bend County committed to bringing his experiences back to better serve the community. Dexter was a district leader in Fort Bend ISD, where he empowered students and families with the tools they needed to build stronger, more connected communities.
Dexter also served as a board member on the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, overseeing a budget of nearly $400 Mil in regional workforce development funds to uplift and empower the regional workforce.
Most recently, as chief of staff to the Fort Bend County Judge, Dexter successfully fought for a non-profit grant program and created an $11 Mil public-private partnership with Comcast for expanding internet access, among other key priorities.
Dexter and his wife Chelsea live in Richmond, Texas with their goldendoodle Fitz.
Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 4
Volunteer with Benjamin
Ben Chou is an attorney and civil rights advocate. As the Director of Innovation for the Harris County Elections Office, he helped lead the team that created drive thru voting in Texas, resulting in record turnout during the 2020 election. He’s running to represent Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4, which has over 1.2 million people, and fighting to fix our roads, prevent flooding, and tackle violent crime. Determined to increase young people’s access to government, Ben advocated for policies benefiting young Americans while working for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and later co-founded a nonprofit voter registration organization that registered thousands of young Texans to vote. Ben is a lifelong Houstonian and a proud graduate of Rice University.
Monica Lupita Perez
Judge of El Paso County Court at Law, №3
Volunteer with Monica Lupita
Monica Lupita is an El Pasoan and UTEP graduate who is Day 1 ready to be the Judge of County Court at Law №3. She is a board certified lawyer in labor and employment, which puts her in the top 6% of all Texas lawyers. Monica is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is the most prestigious organization of civil trial lawyers where you must have a requisite number of civil jury trial and civil litigation experience. She will understand where each case will leave off and what needs to be done in each particular case in order to move it to finality, and in effect, efficiently move the docket. If elected, Monica will ensure all parties have equal access to justice because she will follow the law. It will be a Court of equity and impartiality. She has the right experience and is the right choice for County Court at Law №3.
Texas House, District 114
Volunteer with Alexandra
Alexandra is the first attorney in her family, a first generation college graduate, and the only woman and Latina in the Democratic Primary race for House District 114. Her life experiences, professional skills, and her decade-long commitment to the community led her to the decision to run for a State Representative seat. She has faced many struggles in her life as an undocumented immigrant from Colombia and she has succeeded in life due to the support of her family and the help of so many from her community.
After becoming a U.S. Citizen in 2013 and graduating from the SMU Dedman School of Law, she served as an ADA in Dallas County for 8 years where she worked on the back-log of the rape kits and served as a Legislative Liaison in 2019. She has also been an advocate for the Dallas community for over a decade: organizing, registering voters, protesting, and testifying in Austin. HD 114 is 54% communities of color, it is time that we have a Representative reflective of that rich diversity, their values, their issues, and has the trust of the community. She wants to be part of the new generation of leadership in Texas which welcomes women and people of color to the table. She will fight for better schools, Medicaid expansion, reproductive justice and a better quality of life for all.
Texas State Board of Education, District 4
Volunteer with Staci
Staci Childs is a full-time attorney and educator defined by her commitment to service, defending the rights of others, and success in the classroom. She’s running for the State Board of Education, District 4, a district of 1.8 million students, running to address gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a curriculum that sets students up for success in real life, and ensuring an inclusive classroom experience for all students. As one of Houston Independent School District’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Staci went on to create GirlTalk University, a now nationally recognized program designed to instill confidence and high academic achievement in girls. Staci lives in Houston, Texas with her Sunday-Funday besties, her significant other, and her fur-son, Boseman.