Hey, I'm Simon Salinas. I'm the result of Plano ISD schools, a hard-working single mother, and perseverance. I received five healthcare certifications, an associate's degree in applied sciences, and a certification in Political Science from Collin College, all before I graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 2022. I am also a proud Mustang at SMU. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the essential school programs that Plano ISD offers for the students.
There was never a year when I chose not to be involved in Plano ISD since me and my mom arrived in 2009. From volunteering to walk younger children from their cars to their classrooms early in the morning in Elementary School to being a member of the Principal Advisory Committee at my High School and creating a Student-Teacher Advisory Committee for campus Administrators at my Senior High School when our students and teachers wanted to voice concerns. I have given my time, hard work, and leadership to PISD and I intend to continue doing the same on the school board with my knowledge of having been a student during the COVID-19 pandemic and listening to teachers' concerns while I was in their classroom. I've been in a class without a teacher during the pandemic and that's why it's crucial to make sure other students aren't ever put in that position again.
As the grandson of an immigrant who came to America because of the quality of life here, I was taught from a young age how important education and hard work were in making graduating a reality for students. Recently, our district has been in the spotlight because of racially motivated bullying, sexual assault, and discrimination in our schools. This is not what I want Plano ISD to be known for. I will listen and work tirelessly, as I have done before graduating, to help create a district environment that works for everyone in
Plano ISD regardless of their zip code or senior high school cluster. We need to come together to create ONE PISD.
I have worked hard to prepare for this position by being present. I will continue being present and talk to as many community members as I can to listen and understand different perspectives. I never turn a conversation and care about each person's perspective, even if we disagree. I am anxious to meet you and show you that a college student can represent the taxpayers, families, and staff of Plano ISD in a way that you'll be proud of.
I never thought I would be running for public office while going to College until two years ago. Ever since then, I've started early to represent people of color and students on the Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee and the City of Plano Multi-Cultural Outreach Roundtable (MCOR. I learned what it meant to be a school board member by attending TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) candidate trainings, BEST (Building Education for Students Together) trainings, and trainings through the Leadership Institute. Some of these programs were fairly partisan, but partisanship will never be apart of my decisions on the school board. I was also proud to be the president of the Plano Youth Police Academy Class 56, where I listened to the concerns Plano Police and School Resource Officers had and gained more respect of law enforcement. I am running to be your Plano ISD School Board Trustee because I didn't see anyone on the school board who looked like me. I didn't feel represented. Additionally, I heard the same frustrations about the district that were similar to mine from teachers and students. After consideration, I decided to answer the call to public service and I'm running to represent my community.