Long-time school district volunteer and education advocate Heather Wang has declared her candidacy for Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees, Place 4.
A Plano ISD volunteer for many years as a member of the Parent-Teacher Association and booster club, Wang is currently VP of Ways and Means for Jasper High School’s Parent, Teacher, Student Association. She was also appointed by the PISD board to serve on the Diversity Advisory Committee and Gifted and Talented (PACE) Advisory Committee.
Wang, who runs a successful small business in addition to her community involvement, has two children enrolled in the Plano school system.
“When my girls were still toddlers, my husband Jack and I started looking for a place to raise our family,” Wang said in a campaign announcement. “Plano was number one on the list because of the quality of its schools.”
Wang said she will focus on three goals as a school board trustee: furthering the excellence of Plano schools while providing teachers with greater support; strengthening trust through transparency and accountability; and ensuring a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment.
She has already earned the endorsement of local government accountability group Plano Citizens’ Coalition, as has Place 7 candidate Cody Weaver.
Two other candidates have filed to run for the open Place 4 seat: Lisa Kolodny and Katherine Chan Goodwin. Incumbent Dr. Yoram Solomon is not running for re-election.
Wang graduated from Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in German Language and Literature. She has been a resident of Plano since 2006 and is broker-owner of her own real estate company. She is also a member of the Library Advisory Board and a graduate of Plano Citizens Academy. But she says education is where she feels the strongest call to serve her community.
“Excellent schools are our best asset,” said Wang. “It is our responsibility to ensure the great quality of our schools.”