Sue Deigaard was elected to serve on the Board of Education in November 2017. Her vision for HISD is to prepare all students to succeed by creating a culture of achievement that recognizes the unique potential of each student. She believes all children should have equitable access to excellent learning opportunities, both through magnet programs and strong neighborhood schools, with diverse choices that accommodate a wide range of student needs and interests. She also supports the community schools model, which calls for wraparound services to address social and economic challenges that students face outside the classroom.
Deigaard attended public schools in Illinois. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, and she understands the importance of a strong public education. She moved to Houston to attend Rice University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in English and flute performance. She is also a fellow with the American Leadership Forum Class XLIII on community education and was a 2015 New Leaders Council fellow.
For more than 20 years, Deigaard has worked in various capacities in education advocacy, community engagement, and program development. She has been an active and informed voice at the state and local levels, advocating for effective policies and funding for HISD students. She serves as a Houston City Council appointee to the Houston Center for Literacy Board, is a parent representative on the HISD District Advisory Committee, and chairs the Communications Committee for Arts Access Initiative, which seeks to expand arts education to all K–12 students in HISD.
Given Deigaard’s strong background in volunteer activism and parental involvement, she will prioritize family and community engagement to empower adults and mentors outside the classroom to become strong advocates for their own children and all Houston children. She will seek innovative solutions to enhance student achievement through a collaborative, community-based, student-focused process.
Deigaard is a 30-year resident of District V, and her two daughters attend HISD schools.