Our children deserve a quality education to prepare them now and for the future.
Texas needs an educator with experience to fight for our children. Debra Kerner is running to be that advocate, taking lessons from her work with children as well as her time on the Harris County Department of Education Board. Kerner’s unique experience makes her a natural fit for SBOE.
Debra Kerner is a speech-language pathologist and former Vice President of the Harris County Department of Education, first elected countywide in 2008. She is the owner of Southwest Speech, a private practice in speech and language pathology, and former instructor of speech pathology at the University of Houston. She has worked with children of all ages, from preschool through high school in various school districts across Houston.
She governed on the HCDE board, working with Democrats and Republicans to provide education services for the people who live in Harris County. She was elected Vice President of the Board in a bipartisan vote. As a board member, she had oversight of a $100 million budget, worked with parents on new Head Start curriculum and ushered in a new superintendent, all while keeping her focus on how to improve conditions for school kids.
Debra is well known in Democratic politics – both as an elected official and as an activist. She is the current State Democratic Committeewoman for Senate District 17 and a co-founder and former president of the Meyerland Area Democrats.
Kerner is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Columbia University Teachers College. She lives in the Meyerland area with her husband Ron, and is an active member of the Anti-Defamation League. She also is a former president of the Houston Association for Communication Disorders and a vice-president of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association.