Like a lot of HISD students, my parents did not go to college. My mom has an 8th grade education and my dad a high school diploma. Their goal was to have all four of their children go to college, and we did. All four of us went to public schools and became the first generation of college graduates in my family. We also went to work at an early age. I had a paper route at age 12, started in the tobacco fields of Connecticut at age 14, and worked in a grocery at age 16 while in high school. We were taught that hard work and education are the keys to a successful future.
I earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Syracuse University. In between my time in Texas and Syracuse, I worked in Southern California as an engineer on a classified weapons program.
Since moving to Houston in 1995, I have practiced law in Houston for over 19 years in big firms, commuted to Austin for a couple of years to a public affairs firm, and now practice law at the boutique firm of Daniels & Tredennick LLP with several partners from my big firm days at Bracewell. My legal experience will be a huge asset while working on the HISD board, as I advocate for kids, parents, teachers, and taxpayers.
My wife and I have been married for 27 years and have lived in the Briargrove neighborhood for over 20 years. We walked our two children to school since the older started in kindergarten in 2009. My younger child graduated from Briargrove Elementary this past spring and is now enrolled at Tanglewood Middle School.