What are the key roles and responsibilities of a school board?
Ensure creation of a vision and goals for the district and evaluate district success.
Adopt policies that guide district actions.
Hire a superintendent to serve as administrator of the district and evaluate the superintendent's success.
Approve an annual budget consistent with the district vision.
Communicate the district's vision and success to the community.
2016-17 DeSoto ISD Board Members
Carl Sherman, Jr. - Place 1
Election Year: 2013
Carl Sherman, Jr. has lived in DeSoto, Texas with his wife Veronica for five years. Together they have two children, Carl III and Danielle. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University and is now pursuing his MBA. Mr. Sherman currently owns a small business which provides janitorial and restoration services for commercial and residential clients. He is also a member of the Oak Gardens Church in Dallas where he serves as a Deacon. As an avid proponent of educating young minds, he has spent time in the classroom teaching at the DeSoto Freshman Campus and substituting at various DeSoto schools. Mr. Sherman grew up in DeSoto and has worked within the community throughout his life including coaching basketball teams in the 'DYBA' and a select summer team. Mr. Sherman will work diligently with DeSoto students, teachers and administration to ensure that DeSoto students are academically prepared to be successful in college and beyond.
Aubrey C. Hooper - Place 5
Election Year: 2014
Aubrey C. Hooper comes from a family with deep roots in the DeSoto community and was born with a passion for helping others. He has over 15 years experience with community organizations and non-profit groups and currently serves as the second Vice President of the Texas State Conference NAACP Branches and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Currently, Mr. Hooper is the Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Education Committee and serves as a member of the NAACP Finance, Advocacy and Policy, ACT-SO, and Resolutions committees. He is a Campus Administrator/Principal at the Matlock and Youth Village Campuses at the Dallas County Juvenile Department and is an active member of the Oak Gardens Church of Christ. He graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from UT Arlington. He is board chairman of a small education foundation that focuses on educational scholarships and mentoring young men. In 2010, he was named to the “Top 25 to Watch” and “Talented Tenth” lists by Dallas Weekly . Mr. Hooper has committed his life and his work to serving his community and making a difference. Mr. Hooper is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration with a Urban Policy concentration at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Sandre Moncriffe - Place 7
Election Year: 2015
Sandre Moncriffe is a twelve year resident of DeSoto. Ms. Moncriffe is married to Berford, and they are the proud parents of two daughters who attend school in DeSoto ISD. Prior to serving on the Board, Ms. Moncriffe served the community through her work with PTA, and also as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. A proud graduate of Wiley College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Ms. Moncriffe also earned a Juris Doctor from St. Marys University School of Law. Ms. Moncriffe began her legal career in San Francisco, California as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Social Security Administration. She successfully ran her own law practice specializing in Family Law for ten years, prior to her current position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.
Kathy Goad - Place 2
Election Year: 2016
Kathy Goad has been a teacher and mentor in DeSoto ISD for 28 including three years as the WINGS – Where I Now Gain Success – dropout recovery program supervisor. Goad has a long passion for all students and the heart of an educator. As the head of the Home Economics department and the PALS program sponsor for many years, she touched numerous lives by teaching students life skills and how to be a valuable member of society. Under her guidance, DHS PALS – Peer Assistance and Leadership Students – became a top program in the state. PALS participants remember her warm heart and caring nature, as do the 185 WINGS students who have gained their diploma under her wing in the past three years. An active member of Hampton Road Baptist Church, she volunteers in the community as well with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Rotary.
Karen Daniel - Place 3
Election Year: 2014
Karen Daniel, elected May 10, 2014 and sworn in May 27, 2014 for a three year term, is a retired, lifelong educator having spent 44 years in the classroom including 33 at DeSoto High School. She grew up in Dallas and graduated from South Oak Cliff High School. She went on to earn her BA in English from UTA and Master's in Public School Administration from UNT. She and her husband Curtis, also retired from DHS, have three children who all graduated from DHS. "I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a Christian community member, and a lifelong learner." She believes every student should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education in our public schools in an environment that is conducive to learning. Parents, students, teachers and administrators are all accountable for this education. Her goals include encouraging academic excellence, providing a safe/disciplined student environment and preparing students for future success. In 2016 she was inducted to the DeSoto ISD Hall of Honors.
Jerry Hall - Place 4
Election Year: 2014
Jerry Hall was elected May 10, 2014 and sworn in May 27, 2014 for a three-year term. Mr. Hall has been a DeSoto resident for 37 years and has been involved in community activities during that time through the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and other areas. Mr. Hall is married to Janice Hall, a retired DeSoto high school teacher. They have two sons - both graduates of DeSoto High School. Mr. Hall is a graduate of West Texas State University where he earned his BBA with a minor in accounting and Mrs. Hall is a graduate of North Texas State University. Both sons have college degrees. Mr. Hall has worked in management with several companies in California and the Dallas area and is currently Broker Owner of Hall Residential. Mr. Hall is a member of the C.O.P. (Citizens on Patrol) organization in support of the DeSoto Police Department. He is also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, an organization supporting our military at funerals. Mr. Hall is a US Army Veteran. Mr. Hall is serving in this position of trustee to help raise the standards of our schools and to hold the District accountable for taxpayer and state tax money.
Donald Gant - Place 6
Election Year: 2015
Donald Gant is in his 16th year as a trustee, having served as Vice President for two of those years and President for one. He was re-elected in May 2015. He was an active parent long before he was a trustee, serving as a PTA member and officer, and a member of many sports booster clubs. All four of his children are DeSoto ISD graduates. Gant is a multi-site manager for a major fast food chain, but always arranges time to attend local and state school board meetings and conferences because he feels they are so important. He is steadfast in his commitment to make informed decisions that will benefit the students of DeSoto ISD today and in the future.