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MEET MATIAS 

New Leadership Delivering Results in District 1

Living in America as the son of Argentinian immigrants has taught me many life lessons. One of the most important lessons has been to "acordate de donde venis (remember where you come from)." Speaking Spanish as my first language in addition to English enables me to connect with more members of the community . There is nothing more exciting in my life to have the opportunity to give back to the community I call home. Now that I am a working professional, I believe this is the time for me. I have decided to fight for high quality of education and transparent ethical standards, by running for a position on the Houston ISD Board of Trustees.

I have attended public school my whole life. They were all neighborhood schools: Herod Elementary, Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, and Bellaire High School. These schools shaped me to be the person I am today by engaging me in critical thinking with diverse perspectives. The collaboration I witnessed of the diverse student body of these schools demonstrate the possibility that we can all work together in our collective aspiration to succeed in this country. All students deserve quality and engaging neighborhood schools.

After attending HISD k-12, I paid my own way through college, earning a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. I returned to Houston in 2018 to work at Chevron as a Petroleum Engineer, researching more environmentally friendly ways of extracting oil and gas. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Petroleum Engineering at The University of Houston. The skills I have learned in my professional roles have enabled me to be ready to make the jump to represent District I on the HISD Board of Education. 

Matias Kopinsky