This year’s election to determine the parent members of the SDMC will be held between May 20-24, 2019. Each member will serve a two-year staggered term. The ballots have been distributed to students. Please return the original ballot in your child’s green folder or place it in the ballot box in the main office by 2pm on Friday, May 24th. Join us to vote for our MAGNET CANDIDATES and ZONED CANDIDATES!
2019-2021 SDMC Candidate Bios
My name is Leigh Djambov. I am a mother of three boys. I have a second grader, Ian, in Mrs. Behelfer’s class and a kindergartner, Evan, in Mrs. Hertz class. I have a younger son that will hopefully attend ROE next year. We have been a part of the magnet process for four years now. I have experience at three different magnet schools and PTOs, which include ROE, Garden Oaks and Sinclair Elementary. I grew up in Brenham, Texas, and graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Finance and Marketing. I work in pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline. I enjoy being outside, watching my boys play sports, reading a good book, hanging out with friends, and eating good food. It would be my honor to serve as the Magnet Parent for the SDMC!
Christopher Dunn holds a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Boston University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He is a professor of English, teaching Houston students for the past twenty years. He also has served as Editor in Chief for Spacetaker (now FreashArts), a non-profit organization that provides assistance to Houston artists.
My name is Anna Goldberg, and I am a magnet parent of a child who will be in third grade in the fall, and a second child who is an incoming kindergartener for the fall. I also have a 6th grader at the Joy School, and a husband who is a Rice professor, so I am immersed in and understand the different educational needs of all types of children. I am a software license attorney and have been for 20 years. ln my work, I have to use effective communication and consensus building skills on a daily basis. I feel strongly about making ROE a joyful, successful place for all of our children, and I am interested in serving ROE to help achieve that goal. Thank you for your consideration.
I work in downtown and manage the Enterprise Applications group for a Upstream Oil & Gas company, I have a Masters in Computer Science from UH (Go Coogs). My prior volunteer experience includes the following:- I have served on the board of a HOA in the past as a vice president for 2 years and successfully created and got approved a $1MM budget, been on the board of a non profit for 1 year serving as their head of technology and volunteered at the Houston Zoo for 2 years.
Catherine Matthews grew up in Beaumont, Texas where she met her husband Matt Matthews in elementary school. The Matthews have three sons-the oldest, Major Matthews, is a magnet student at ROE and will be in 4th grade next year. Catherine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Television/Film/Radio communications from Baylor University in 2001 and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas Law in 2004. Upon graduation, she worked as an attorney and a certified mediatior at the Law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams. When Matt completed a Federal Judicial Clerkship with the Honorable Judge Thad Heartfield in the Eastern District in 2009, they moved to Houston. Matt began his law practice with the firm Edison, McDowell and Hetherington, LLP where he is now a partner. At that time, Catherine began her first year in the most fulfilling full time job of motherhood while settling their growing family in a new city.
Outside of raising their sons, Catherine and Matt are very active in the communities where they live. In Beaumont, Catherine served in the Jefferson County Leadership Association, the Junior League of Beaumont, and as a board member of The Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association. Once they moved to Houston, Catherine got active in creating and building a new community. They belong to St. Luke’s Methodist Church, the Briar Club, and Catherine has served on the board the Houston Symphony Associates Council. Catherine has also served on the PTA/PTO of both St. Luke’s Day School and River Oak Elementary, and in leadership roles in the Braeswood Mother of Young Children group. She has been involved with multiple fundraising galas- St. Luke’s Day School, River Oaks Elementary, Children’s Museum of Houston Gala, and Houston Symphony. She interned for her U.S. Congressman the Honorable Nick Lampson in Washington DC while in college and has volunteered for the Jefferson and Harris County Democratic Parties. Currently, she is serving as a room parents and a mentor for the 5th grade ROE Exhibition. Catherine enjoys tennis, hanging with her family, surfing, and would be honored to serve on the Magnet SDMC for River Oaks Elementary.
I have served as your SDMC representative for the last two years. I am asking you to renew my service for another two-year term.
The SDMC is an advisory group to assist the school principal. An overview is here. Unlike most elected positions, parent representatives on the SDMC are not asked to solicit formal feedback from a broader group of parents. That role is reserved for the principal and the PTO. The SDMC is designed as the principal’s kitchen cabinet.
During the course of my service, I have counseled our principal on the following topics: developing recommendations for the school budget in light of cuts due to HISD’s recapture payments; submitting recommendations for the school curriculum, including the IB program; developing and approving the campus staff development plans; developing, reviewing, and revising the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for the purpose of improving student performance; implementing campus-level planning processes (such as those involving calendar and transportation issues); and reviewing and making recommendations regarding the school’s organizational structure and physical plant, including security considerations. We have also advised on various ad hoc topics as they have arisen. Minutes are available here.
While we have been beset by absolutely breathtaking financial challenges and near-constant turmoil at the District level, our jewel box of a school has never been in a stronger position. Under the leadership of Principal Fovargue, ROE has thrived, and its reputation as as a top- ranked school has flourished. Our SDMC has rallied around our teachers and staff, our parents, and — most of all — our students to help protect our very special community. If our efforts have proven helpful to our school leadership, and I believe they have, then I am truly proud of our service.
I have approached my work on the SDMC with all of the commitment, diligence, and effort that I apply to my full-time job. I have brought to bear every bit of whatever talent I bring as an advocate in the courtroom to champion our school and our stakeholders, including the parents I represent. I have worked hard on your behalf because each of us in our own way — be it as parents, PTO members, VIPs, the SDMC, etc. – helps make a world-class education available to our children free of charge, and equality of opportunity in education is the only way to empower individuals to reach their full potential.
I was fortunate to have that opportunity as a proud product of HISD. I went to Kolter Elementary, Johnston Junior High School, and Bellaire High School and had exceptional experiences that served me well through Princeton and Harvard Law. We need to do everything we can to keep that kind of route open for all of our children, regardless of circumstances at birth. ROE is under constant threat; we are all tasked to protect it. I am asking you to allow me to continue to do so through the SDMC. I very much appreciate your consideration.
Ninety percent of students in the U. S. attend public schools, but in my opinion our government does not prioritize investment in our youth accordingly. As parents, we have a vested interest that our children’s education is not undermined this way. Having experienced ROE though our kids Simran and Pavan, I firmly believe ROE models the diversity and academic commitment required for a quality education.
I work downtown for Enterprise Products as an engineer developing projects in the oil and gas industry. I graduated with a BS & Master in Chemical Engineering from UH and an MBA from Rice. My formative years were in Alief (west Houston), as well as living in Missouri, Michigan, and California during my elementary years. As a youth, I participated in several academic competitions, sports, scouts and public speaking, and want to continue to promote these activities, along with the strong academic experience that ROE is providing our children. I also volunteer through the Dad’s Club and other events, which has been great way to discuss school issues. With my background, I look to help our administration to further achieve their goals.
Our family moved back to Houston in 2016 and bought a home in the neighborhood to ensure our kids could attend ROE (and Lanier and Lamar!). Our experience thus far has been an amazing complement to our children’s educational experiences in IB schools in Singapore. My daughter Eden will be in 5th grade next year, my son Shepherd in 2nd, and my daughter Liv waiting anxiously to start kinder in 2020.
I am a geologist by training and have worked in various technical and management positions for Chevron for 20 years. In my current role I manage our portfolio of exploration opportunities, making investment and technical decisions.
I spend most of my time at work and home making collaborative, thoughtful, strategic decisions and would appreciate the opportunity to bring ROE into the fold as a member of the shared decision making committee.
Pamela Skaufel was born and raised in Ireland, and has been living in Houston for 13 years. As a resident of Reba Drive since 2017, she has really enjoyed living in the neighborhood with her husband Rod, 2 daughters, Madeleine ( age 12) and Darcey (age 8) and their Portuguese Water Dog, Maggie. Darcey has just completed second grade at River Oaks Elementary and is looking forward to the adventures of 3rd grade.
Pamela is an employee of ExxonMobil since 1998 and has worked in various assignments throughout the Company in her 21 years of employment. She is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Aviation & Marine segment of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants company.
Pamela completed her degree at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and graduated with a BSC (HONS) in Geology/Petroleum Geology. Pamela has travelled to over 75 countries in the world, is always training for another marathon and is a advocate of local business development and the growth of local communities.