We loved chatting with Pastor Charles Johnson with @pastors4txkids, Heather Sheffield, and Blake Powell about the 87 Legislative Session in this week's #TheSchoolZonePodcast. Check out part one of a two-part series: https://t.co/zvQiSgoCkB https://t.co/rN17LGqA3G
Ms. Sheffield brings a wide range of experience to this position from her many years involved in public education and real estate. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Eanes Independent School Board, elected to the position in 2019. Before being elected as a Trustee, Heather, a former 1st grade teacher in Lamar Consolidated ISD, was a PTA President in Spring Branch ISD and has held pretty much every volunteer job possible. After moving to Eanes ISD, she attended almost every open meeting the district held including the Bond Advisory Committee meetings. She served on the Eanes ISD District Leadership Team for three years, was on the Eanes ISD Legislative Priority Committee and Calendar Committee, the Special Education Parent Working Group, worked with the We Are Eanes PAC, and was an inaugural member of Envision Eanes. As a Trustee, Heather continues to serve on the Eanes ISD Legislative Committee, the Eanes ISD Safety and Security Committee and as a teacher fund campus representative for the Eanes Education Foundation.
Heather won the 2019 Citizen of the Year award from the Westlake Chamber and is on the Westlake Chamber’s Board of Directors. She is on the Texas Land Title Association’s Legislative Committee and the Texas Land Title Association’s PAC Board. She also registers voters as a Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Heather enjoys volunteering with her daughter as a Patroness of the National Charity League and she is a Rotarian serving on the Board of the Austin Westlake Rotary Club. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin and serves on the Relay for Life Westlake committee. She is a graduate of the University of Miami (FL) and enjoys living in the Westlake area.
Heather frequents the Capitol, the Texas Education Agency and State Board of Education meetings on behalf of Decoding Dyslexia and as the current Board President of the grassroots group, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA), and the group she founded, Eanes Advocates. Both TAMSA and Eanes Advocates are grassroots, parent led, community education and advocacy organizations. Heather has testified before the State Board of Education, as well as at Texas House and Senate hearings on dyslexia, special education, high-stakes testing, and public education in general. Heather has met with U.S. Senators and members of Congress while advocating for public schools in Washington D.C. while representing Eanes ISD at the National School Board Association Advocacy Institute. She is a member of the Leadership TASB Class of 2021.