Jeff Horak grew up in College Station schools, and now he has taken on a new role in the district as school board trustee.
“I think I’m more excited to just represent my school district and my town and the folks that live here,” the 1997 A&M Consolidated High School graduate said.
Horak, who graduated from Texas A&M in 2001 and owns Goosehead Insurance, called it an honor and a blessing to have an opportunity to serve on the seven-member College Station school board. Horak is one of three members, all of whom ran unopposed, who were sworn in during the district’s Nov. 19 meeting.
Horak and his wife, Danielle, who is also a native of Bryan-College Station and special education department head at College Station Middle School, moved back to the area from North Texas in 2009. They have three children: a third grader at Rock Prairie Elementary School and two younger children who will enter the district when they reach school age.
Outside of his professional work, Horak also serves as president of the Central Texas chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and co-chair of the College Station Education Foundation’s 50 Men Who Can Cook fundraising event.
The son of educators, Horak wanted to run for a seat on the school board to make sure the district is headed in the right direction, he said.
“Not saying it’s in the wrong direction,” he added quickly. “... If you make sure you set a precedent [in the elementary schools] and goals there for how you want them to walk across the stage whenever they graduate from whatever high school it is in College Station, then you hopefully have succeeded.”
Having gone through College Station schools, Horak wants to make sure those core beliefs and policies he witnessed remain, he said, while embracing innovation needed to move into the future.
One of the greatest challenges facing the district is its growth, he said. The district has opened five new schools in the past five years.
“College Station’s not getting any smaller,” he said, “and lots of companies are coming here because it’s a very attractive place to raise a family.”
Another challenge, he said, is staying competitive with similarly sized school districts in terms of hiring and retaining quality educators.
Horak said he hopes to help grow everything the district has to offer, from science, technology, engineering and mathematics options to career and technical programs that help students set out on career paths. His goal is to keep an open mind as he makes decisions that are in the best interest of students, teachers and the community, he said.
“I’m going to approach it with I’m a taxpayer, I’m a community member, I need to represent them,” he said. “But I also have a student in the district, and I need to make sure that the district is taking into consideration where we’re headed in the future, and making sure that we’re making the right decisions.”