Commission application number 334 submitted by Lisa Morgan on 09/16/2020

First Name Lisa
Middle Name/Initial V
Last Name Morgan
Voter Unique Identification number 1130870622
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 45-54
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued BA in Interdisciplinary Life & Earth Science; MA in Curriculum and Instruction
What is your occupation? CEO of Morgan Home and Home Schooling Teacher
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78748
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78748
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Kevin
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial T
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Morgan
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. I enjoy trying to figure out puzzles both for entertainment and also in managing my home. Since I home school and manage a co-op, I have to constantly manage logistics. I have also looked at and worked with data in my role as Vacation Bible School registrar and having worked in both public and private educational settings. I have also planned week-long travel vacations with our family of five.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I feel that I take the time to look at situations from many different perspectives. I recognize that even though I grew up in a certain part of a city, there are lots of other people who have different life experiences than myself that need to be considered. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt when someone hasn't been the nicest to me. I try to guess what might be causing them to react in a certain way. If I am able to talk to the person, I try to ask questions to try to understand or at least listen from where they are coming. I also realize that many times there are two sides to every story.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I like that I live in a city where not everyone is the same. I like that the different parts of Austin all have a different feel. This provides lots of areas for people to find a place where they feel at home. I realize that we have an added challenge with our large population of people who are homeless. I also like that we have many areas that allow Austinites chances to get outside and be in nature.
Please provide your employment history. June 2006 to present - Home School teacher to three boys. I have had to choose curriculum to ensure that my boys were receiving an excellent education and then work to teach them every day. I have had to be organized, flexible, and willing to look at where one of them might be struggling. I then had to figure out ways to get them to learn the material. During this time, I also helped coordinate a home school co-op with between five and sixteen families each year. June 2002 to present - CEO Morgan home - I have had to be organized and manage my time efficiently while keeping our home running smoothly. This includes meal planning, shopping, cooking, doing laundry, keeping the house clean, and keeping children fed, clothed, educated, and safe. I have also had to manage pet care and preparing for and following up from at least one family vacation each year. One of my boys went to occupational therapy and vision therapy for several years. That was a challenge getting him to appointments while working to ensure that schooling was completed each day. Sept. 1998 - May 2004 - Elementary School Teacher for New Braunfels ISD and St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School - Managed a fourth and fifth grade classrooms; maintained classroom discipline, and kept records for all students in my classroom Summer of 1999 and 2000 - Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort - I was the resort front desk clerk responsible for checking people into and out of their rooms, taking payment for their stays, and keeping track of the money in my till. June 1988 to July 1998 - H.E.Butt Grocery Company - Bagger, Cashier, Pharmacy Technician, and General Merchandise Lead - I was responsible for keeping my till counted accurately, taking and helping to fill prescriptions, and placing the merchandise order each week.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. In light of our current social climate, I thought that this would be a way that I could help do my part to help people of all races and socio-economic levels benefit from what our city has to offer. I realize that I, as white woman, could go teach on the East side of Austin. However, I realize that people might ask me if I am trying to be a "white savior". I would really like to work to make sure that everyone in Austin would have the chance to be represented.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Other (please describe)
How did you hear "Other" option detail The Austin Utilities Now flyer in my utility bill
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Disclaimer Signature Lisa Vajdos Morgan
District District 5
Does this application qualify? Yes