Medina Valley ISD school board candidates

Five candidates are vying for two at-large seats. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Shannon Beasley

Shannon Beasley (i)
Age: 49
Education/Experience: Attended Tarleton State. Texas Real Estate License, Shannon Realty Group. Appointed to MVISD board, June 2016, re-elected May 2017. Master Trustee designation, Leadership TASB graduate class of 2020. President of the Board May 2019 -June 2020. Volunteer at San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Co-founder of Women Who Wander. Member of First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.
Priorities: “Safety and well-being of students and staff, both physical and emotional. Continue work to secure all facilities. Continue to proactively address growth. Continued focus on curriculum that addresses the needs of the entire student population. Every decision is centered on the question, ‘Is it good for kids?’”

Darren Calvert

Darren Calvert (i)
Age: 49
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UTSA, Master’s in education from Lamar University. 24 years in education, all in Northside ISD. High school principal (6 years). Three years, MVISD at-large trustee.
Priorities: “Focus on safety of staff and students, ensuring appropriate safety measures are in place at all district facilities. Ensure the district curriculum addresses the needs of all learners, and provide appropriate resources to support the curriculum. Ensure that the rapid growth of the district is supported in all aspects.”

Paula Davidson

Paula Davidson
Age: 47
Education/Experience: BA in English and Communications with Secondary Teacher Certification (Texas A&M-Kingsville). 15 years teaching experience, five years with MVISD. Owner/vice president of Tartan Construction in Castroville. Armed Forces Red Cross volunteer, Central and South Texas. Volunteer coordinator, Burn Intensive Care Unit, Brooke Army Medical Center.
Priorities: “Listening, understanding and communicating transparency are vital keys needed to successfully meet the current educational challenges of today. My priorities are to advocate for the betterment of our students and staff, maintain a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers, and work to keep the community’s traditional values and goals in place.”

Victoria Mata-McCullom

Victoria Mata-McCullom
Age: 51
Education/Experience: BA from UTSA and graduate certification in library sciences from UNT. Pursuing master’s degree in educational leadership. Librarian for 19 years. Teacher for five years. Member of Faith in Action, a ministry in cooperation with COPS/Metro (a community organizing group in San Antonio).
Priorities: “That students receive the high quality education they deserve, whether they’re learning in person or from home. That students are receiving social-emotional learning skills they need now more than ever. Lastly, focus on how we help more students be successful by addressing achievement gaps, particularly students from poverty.”

Toby Tyler
Age: 69
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in English and three advanced degrees, including a master’s in public administration.
Priorities: “These are uncertain times across our nation, and only certain things can protect public education in such an environment. I am for certain a former officer of U.S. Marines and for certain a former principal of a decorated 5A high school; therefore, I certainly know how to provide a safe, secure, and successful learning environment.”

District 5

Mario De Leon (i) has no opponent.