Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca was elected to a four-year term representing District VI in November 2017. She has served since January 2017, when trustees unanimously appointed her to serve the previous unexpired term. Her goal is to ensure that students have access to rich, engaging, and personalized learning experiences that equip them with the skills to succeed in their chosen career after high school. Throughout her career, she has worked to close the achievement gap.
Flynn Vilaseca grew up in a working-class family in a small town in rural Ohio. She is the product of public schools there. She is the daughter of a Colombian immigrant, and is the first in her family to go to college, earning bachelor’s degrees in Latin American and Caribbean studies and in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan. She has a master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Flynn Vilaseca became a Teach for America corps member, and began her education career in 2004 at HISD’s Windsor Village Elementary School, where she worked as a bilingual pre-kindergarten teacher. She taught bilingual and dual-language early-childhood classes for six years in traditional public and charter schools. After transitioning from the classroom, she continued her work in the education field at Battelle for Kids, K12 Inc., and thinkLaw. She is presently Chief Relationship Officer at thinkLaw, an organization that uses real-life legal cases to teach critical-thinking skills.
Flynn Vilaseca has extensive experience in the areas of learning and development, instructional design, and coaching across diverse audiences. She has consulted with urban school districts across the United States regarding strategy, the implementation of software programming, districtwide evaluation systems, virtual and blended learning environments, and human capital development.Flynn Vilaseca has been featured in Latino Leaders Magazine, is a Rotarian, and has served on the City of Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board for Annise Parker and Sylvester Turner. She lives with her husband and toddler-age son.