Willie Roaches Franklyn

I am your neighbor...

Known to friends and family as Willie or Willie Mae, I was born in the northeast Houston community of Settegast, reared by my godparents in Fifth Ward, and educated in Houston ISD, where I graduated from Jesse H. Jones Vanguard High School. While growing up, I was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Dowling Street (now Emancipation Avenue), where I was active in the Sunday School, B.T.U., choir, scholarship committee, and played piano for the children’s choir. I currently attend Northwest Community Church where I have been a member for over twenty years. During my membership, I have served as a teacher in Sunday School, V.B.S. and the Singles Ministry. I am a graduate of Prairie View A&M University where I was a member of the marching band and student government. I majored in Spanish with a minor in Biology and returned to PVAMU to earn my M.A. in Counseling and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

I am the mother of three sons. Divorced when the youngest was two years old, I am quite familiar with the challenges of single parenting, especially while caring for a parent at the same time. I have experienced what it is like to deal with the limited options for both childcare and elder care.

I am a career educator with almost 35 years of progressive experience as a classroom teacher, department chairperson, magnet coordinator, counselor, professional registrar, and assistant principal. I have seen our public education system through a variety of lenses, as my experiences have included public secondary schools of various sizes – Patrick Henry Middle School, Sam Houston High School, Middle College for Technology Careers, Reagan High School, High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Cypress Falls High School, Bellaire High School and Milby High School.

In addition to my school counselor certification, I am a licensed professional counselor and I have worked in both hospital and private practice settings. I am acutely aware of the deficiencies in our mental health system regarding both the availability and accessibility of mental health services in our communities.

I cast my first vote as a Democrat while in college, less than one month after my eighteenth birthday, and I have voted in every election since that time. During the past four years, I have served as a Democratic precinct chair and volunteer deputy voter registrar. Encouraging the citizens of my community to stand up and be counted on the issues which matter to us, is important to me.

Whether it is a situation involving an educational issue, consumer services issue, or community issue, I want my community to feel empowered to address their concerns, with the knowledge that I will be there to advocate on their behalf. Increasing the scope, relevance, and impact of state services within our communities is of the utmost importance when it comes to improving our lives today and the lives of our children in the future. I firmly believe our elected officials must be aware of and responsive to our needs. I hear you. I see you. I support you. I am your neighbor. 

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Monica Smith, Treasurer