Candidate: Dr. Natalie Blasingame

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YEARS IN CFISD: 16

SUBDIVISION: Copperfield, Southdown Village

OCCUPATION: Educator- Assistant Superintendent, Interventions Office, Houston Independent School District 

SPOUSE: Mr. Robert Blasingame (Retired from CFISD)

CHILDREN: Madeleine Blasingame, 11, 6th grader at Aragon Middle School 

Why did you choose to live in CFISD?
We purchased a family home in CFISD 16 years ago because it offered great housing value in a safe, family-oriented community with good schools. 

Are you currently a CFISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?
I volunteer for VIPS at Aragon MS in support of the Wildcat Den, teacher appreciation, etc. I lead a Girl Scout troop and taught Sunday school. As a CFISD Global Volunteer, I support our Adopt-a-School partnership between Copperfield Church and Hairgrove and am a Bus Buddy for Frazier. I lead a “Moms in Prayer International” group that prays for our kids/schools. I have also served on the PTA executive board. I am called to serve. 

List your participation in CFISD school and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees.
I am called to serve children. I have spent 26 years in schools as a teacher, AP, principal, district leader, volunteer and parent. In these roles I have been selected to serve on committees such as the District Advisory and Principal’s Advisory. I have fostered productive business and community partnerships in these roles.

School-based volunteer positions include: PTA-VP of Programs, committee chair for teacher/staff appreciation and talent show, Mothers in Prayer International school liaison, etc. 

Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in previous question.
I regularly support fundraisers through the children in our neighborhood- such as discount cards and dance clinics from Langham Creek band, swim, football and dance teams. I follow and share information on social media. I talk to my neighbors, other parents and community members about the strengths and needs of our school system, in order to gather ideas on ways to make our district even stronger and more responsive to our families and greater community.

List Cy-Fair organizations in which you currently participate, including offices held.

The greatest office that I have held in preparation for school board leadership is the “Principal’s Office”. I know firsthand how decisions made at the school board level impact our ability to help students reach their full potential.  

The second greatest “office” is that of mother. I know what I desire for my own child, and I will bring that same desire to this role for all children. 

Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?

Our local district has significant latitude in shaping the educational programs of our schools. Our district faces a 49% low-SES population for the first time in our history. I offer 23 years of experience in fostering strong educational outcomes for students in Title-I schools. 

The Board should operate as a conduit between our local schools and our community. I have experience engaging parents from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, supported by being a Spanish speaker. 

What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?
Provide citizen governance/oversight for education at a point closest to the parent/child, acting for our district citizens. 

Advocate for educational excellence for our youth, putting those interests first, ensuring that the district is moving in a positive direction, with a clear shared vision for our students, schools, staff and supporting community. 

Adopt comprehensive goals giving the system clear direction and monitoring the progress of the administration.  

Adopt policy that provides a framework for district operations. 

What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?
Trustees should bring time, energy, talent and a spirit of teamwork to the role to make decisions that will help the children of our community. Trustees should actively seek and listen to the voices of our citizens-hearing celebrations and concerns- allowing trends to be surfaced.  We should then respond as a team to expand the positive and address the negative. Cooperation is critical to success, with room for diversity of opinion and critical questioning. 

What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?

We Must: 

  • Hold high expectations for ALL students, and increase choice/personalization WITHIN our public school system to meet the needs of all learners and families in our increasingly diverse community
  • Actively engage more parents as partners with a voice
  • Clarify law and policy around the rights of people of faith in public schools, creating a safer environment in which to develop citizens able to work across lines of difference and be productive in our economy

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