Back in the summer of 1982, my dad pulled our car into Friendswood for the first time. We had moved from North Canton, Ohio, to this new place in Texas. I remember looking out the window and thinking how excited I was for the new adventure.
I have many of those same feelings as I think about serving you as the new superintendent of Friendswood ISD. I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for this opportunity, and I am excited for many reasons.
I have a passion for the Friendswood schools and community. I grew up in this community and am part of the rich heritage and tradition that defines it. My father pastored the Friendswood Friends Church for nearly 25 years, and my mom worked for many years as a school counselor in Friendswood ISD. During that time, I learned and understood the history of our community and the value those who settled the community of Friendswood put on education. I have been mentored by men and women that exemplified the character traits that have been formally adopted by the District as a code to guide and direct the actions and attitudes of students, teachers, administrators, and staff. I believe these values and character traits build a foundation in the students of Friendswood ISD that allow them the opportunity to change the world they live in. It is this foundation that produces leaders who make the world a better place. It is also my foundation, and I am excited to watch our students grow in this environment.
I am excited as well to be part of shaping the vision for the future of FISD. I have been privileged to be part of the leadership team at this district for the past 17 years and have seen Friendswood ISD become one of the highest-performing districts in the state. These results develop through a culture of high expectations for student performance both in the classroom and for extra-curricular activities. I feel the weight of the responsibility to further grow and shape this district as well as to provide all the opportunities and experiences needed for your kids to achieve their hopes and dreams.
Though I know many of you or have seen you in the stands, an auditorium, or a program somewhere in FISD, I am excited to get back on the campuses and watch your kids learn and perform. This is where the action is. Both of my kids, Reed and Maggie, are 12-year graduates of FISD. My wife Tina and I will be empty nesters this year as Maggie will be a junior at Texas A&M and Reed, a recent graduate will be going to the Coast Guard soon. We are looking forward to the new opportunity to be more involved in cheering on your kids at all the different events provided by our district.
This is a great district with strong teachers and leadership. I am honored to get to work with them and you in the years to come. Mustang Pride . . . unleashed.
Respectfully, Thad J. Roher