Lucas H. Scanlon



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      Lucas H. Scanlon

      Lucas Scanlon will run for Position 7 in the 2021 Trustee Election and drew the No. 4 ballot position.

      Position 7, Ballot Position 4

      YEARS IN CFISD: 12
      SUBDIVISION: Towne Lake
      OCCUPATION: Director of Business Transformation and Strategy
      SPOUSE: Bethany K. Scanlon
      CHILDREN: Jonah Anabelle Scanlon, 6


      Why did you choose to live in CFISD?

      I chose to live here for the family environment. I started in Fairfield in 2009; I saw family there. I lived by the soccer fields in the back of the neighborhood where I saw families investing in one another. We didn't have our daughter yet, but learned from other parents that Swenke Elementary was wonderful. The principle and teachers had rave reviews from the parents; there was such a strong culture of trust.

      I then moved to Towne Lake - again for a wonderful community to raise my daughter. Our daughter had just been born; and we moved across the street from Postma Elementary school. We later moved north in our community so that we could have our 1st grader attend Rennell Elementary. We learned from other parents that Rennell was great, and just a couple of months into school I can agree it's been a great experience for our daughter.

      My wife and I are committed to families. We believe in children having a strong community supported by a healthy school environment. We are committed to supporting our teachers to teacher and inspire our children.

      Are you currently a CFISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?

      Yes, Rennell Elementary - I will be serving as a Watch Dog in my daughter's school. The dads in our community use this Watch Dog opportunity to be around the school and with our kids. I'm excited to be a bus buddy and other volunteer opportunities.

      List your participation in CFISD school and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees.

      My daughter is a first grader this year; I'm a member of the Watch Dog team for her school. My wife has joined the PTO and will be volunteering in her school.

      Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in previous question.

      I don't volunteer with the district directly, but I do volunteer for the kids. As a Harvard alumni, I've been interviewing graduating seniors in Cypress who applied to Harvard for 10 years. That was the time capacity I had to give back, and it's been an honor.

      My wife will be volunteering at our daughter’s elementary school this year as a member of the PTO, Yearbook Committee and Spirit Shop helper.

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

      I have taught as a FinTech Adjunct Professor for Rice University and Northwestern University since 2019. I taught in person at Rice until early 2020 when we went full remote. My time at Northwestern has been fully remote. My students are brilliant; the challenges are different and yet similar to my middle school / high school kids – they need connection, structure and attention. I better understand our teachers who are managing a remote classroom.

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

      I lead large scale change to improve work culture. I’ve been a management consultant for 15 years advising F500 clients on culture, process, and technology to drive strong engagement and business outcomes. I’m also a teacher - I was a Band Director at Mayde Creek Junior High and High School, leading my band to become proud of their group and hard work. I know what it means to manage a classroom and inspire kids.

      What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?

      The board creates policies and procedures that foster strong district performance. They defend CFISD schools from policies and agendas that remove focus from the core mission of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. They oversee the work culture of schools to ensure CFISD is a career destination for great teachers. Most of all, they demonstrate partnership with the parents, teachers, taxpayers and CFISD staff through accountability, collaborative feedback mechanisms, and clear transparency.

      What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?

      They support schools in creating a positive work culture. They create policies and processes that benefit the school district, thus making the district a career destination for great teachers. They encourage teachers to inspire students, connect with students, and fostering a creating problem-solving approach. They set the standard for open culture with school district stakeholders. They work with state legislature to add value to the district to enable a healthy, safe, and robust learning environment.

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

      For our at-risk students, we need to empower them through connecting personally, challenging them with attainable goals, and giving them a vision for themselves they can achieve. For students who want to focus on STEM or ART, key programs that enable strong competition and building creative solutions. We must give our teachers control of the classroom so they can focus on excellence in academics, athletics and arts – not introducing politics into the classroom.



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