I am proud to announce that the Grand Prairie News has endorsed Patty Harris for school board of the Grand Prairie ISD Place 7 At-Large. As a longtime educator, Patty is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing our students and staff today and how to effectively address them. She is passionate about improving early childhood education and increasing STEM programming for students, as well as addressing social factors such as poverty that impact learning outcomes.
Patty has also shown herself to be an effective and collaborative leader, working with teachers and administrators at all levels to champion the best interests of students. Her strong record of service, combined with her genuine commitment to public education with over 20 years as an educator, makes her an ideal candidate for this important role. I have no doubt that she will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our children, and I encourage you to vote for Patty Harris during early voting or election day. Together, we can help ensure that every child in Grand Prairie has access to a high-quality education.
Our teachers are among the most important workers in our society. They have a tremendous impact on the lives of young people, guiding and nurturing them as they grow and develop. In order to do their jobs effectively, our teachers need access to a variety of resources. They need adequate salaries and benefits so that they can support themselves and their families. They need well-equipped classrooms, with modern technology and materials that enable them to engage students actively in learning. And they need the respect of the general public, which reflects the high value that our society places on education and its role in developing future generations. Together, these qualities make up what it means to be an excellent teacher: one who works tirelessly to support students, helping them unlock their full potential through knowledge and wisdom. As such, we must never take our teachers for granted, but instead, recognize their critical role as leaders in building a stronger future for us all.
Patty Harris is self-employed at A+ Academy Driving School, LLC. with schools located in Grand Prairie, Arlington, and Duncanville. She is an authorized DPS Third-Party Road Tester and in-car instructor. Her Mission: We Help Save Lives Everyday! As a mother of four children, she has developed strategies required for gifted/talented, regular ed, and special education learners to be successful. As a Certified Texas Teacher and Administrator, Patty’s professional development includes Superintendent Certification, Campus Principal, Secondary Math, and Business, Generic Special Education, Severely/Profoundly Handicapped, and English Second Language.
As a Kilgore College Rangerette, Patty developed tenacity and a strong teamwork ethic where she performed in Hong Kong, Macao, and Korea, traveling with Miss America, in the American Fortnight Tour; New York, California, twice at the Cotton Bowl, an SMU game, and football halftime performances across Texas, in addition to Rangerette Revels, an annual spring stage show. Former Rangerettes Forever alumna board member.
Patty Harris is an active member of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, TDLR Supervising Teacher for drivers education, a DPS 3rd Party Road Tester, former Board Secretary for the Kilgore College Rangerettes Forever alumna, Proud member of the 35th Rangerette Line raising scholarships for current Rangerettes, a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi-The Best Class Ever, a former Nueces County Women’s Shelter Board member, former Cathedral Adult Choir member, former Youth Choir Booster, former active HS Band Booster Club Vice President representing a decade of volunteering with 3 children in band, and most area Special Olympics events over 2 decades.
Here is a list of voting locations and times.
Betty Warmack Library
760 Bardin Rd. Grand Prairie 75052
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
4729 S. Carrier Parkway Grand Prairie 75052
Randolph Reed Center
1933 Spikes Street Grand Prairie 75051
April 25th-30th 8 AM – 5 PM
May 1st – 1 PM – 6 PM
May 2nd-3rd – 7 AM – 7 PM