Judson Independent School District trustees on Thursday evening chose Shatonya King to fill a seat left vacant by District 2 trustee Richard LaFoille, who resigned from his elected office in early October.
Three candidates applied for the open position in San Antonio’s fourth-largest school district. After conducting interviews, trustees ultimately chose King because of her passion for kids, Board President Renée Paschall said.
“She is a product of Judson ISD, she went [to our] schools from kindergarten through 12th grade,” Paschall said. “She is very, very passionate about kids and their safety. She works with kids that are in special education, CPS, helping them work through their trauma. And she is just very open to learning more about the role of a board member.
Board Vice President Suzanne Kenoyer said King’s experience with trauma-informed education and social-emotional learning was attractive.
King is a school counselor in North East ISD. She previously served as a special education teacher and has prior experience with Seguin, San Antonio, and Bastrop ISDs and the School of Excellence.
District 2 covers the southwest portion of Judson ISD and King’s term will run through May 2021. King noted on her application that she would be interested in running for the position after the appointed term was up.
The new trustee will be sworn into office at a meeting on Monday night. With King’s selection, Judson ISD’s board is comprised of six female trustees, the largest number of women serving on a school board in San Antonio.