January has been established as School Board Appreciation Month. The Prosper ISD School Board serves our students, staff, parents and community selflessly giving countless hours to help make decisions to ensure the success of students and staff. Serving on the school board involves far more than monthly meetings. These committed citizens commit their time and effort to attending countless events, activities, and ceremonies to support the students and staff of Prosper ISD.


Jim Bridges - President


Place 6


Term Expires 2019


Moved to Prosper from Plano, Texas, in October, 2005.


Graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Civil Engineering.


Graduated from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with an MBA in 1989.


Spent most of career in the software industry—roles from engineer to VP of Sales to CEO.


Married to Sally.


Children: Cameron (Class of 2012) and Abby (Class of 2014)


Vision for Prosper ISD:


As a parent, I am thrilled with the quality of education that my children are receiving in the Prosper Independent School District. We love the feeling of community and caring that we see every day in our interaction with the teachers, staff, and administration. It is my strong desire to see that the district maintains this level of excellence for years to come. This will be no small feat, however, in the face of the challenges lying ahead of the district—challenges from a slowing economy and challenges from the return of the growth that we know is ahead of us someday. In both my career and my community service, I have led organizations through periods of both high growth and painful slowdown. I recognize the challenges of maintaining a culture of excellence through these turbulent times and relish the chance to be a part of the team successfully navigating the waters together.As a son and a husband, I have spent most of my life with school teachers. My mother and my wife truly loved their time as educators and were constantly rewarded by seeing the fruits of their efforts in the lives of their students. I know too of the challenges and headaches that they often faced as part of their chosen role. I look forward to a chance to serve those like them and to do what I can to maximize the impact of their investment in the lives of our children.


Mays Davenport - Vice-President


Place 7


Term Expires 2021


Moved to Prosper from Plano, Texas in May 2001


Graduated from Texas A&M University with BBA in Finance and Accounting


Certified Public Accountant


Executive Vice-President , Legacy Texas Bank, Plano, TX


Married to Lauren


Children: Pearson (Class of ‘15), Aubrey (Class of ’17), Logan (Class of ’19) and Lucas (Class of ’22)


At least one of my children has been in every school within the Prosper ISD and we have always been very pleased with the quality of education provided by the teachers and the leadership provided by the administration. It is the Board’s responsibility to steward the resources provided by taxpayers to best prepare students for life after Prosper High School.


I do not take lightly the awesome responsibility of representing and serving the families and students of the Prosper ISD and will use my past experience and education to ensure that the Prosper ISD meets the expectation of excellence in everything.


Michelle McBride - Secretary


Place 2


Term Expires 2020


Moved to Prosper in March 2000


Elected to the Board in 2011


Graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BA in Communications


Director of Relocation Accounting


Married to Byron


Children: Kristen (Class of ’13), Cade (Class of ’17) and Brooke (Class of ’20)


I am honored to serve on the Prosper ISD Board alongside members who are truly committed to putting the best interests of students first. I have witnessed this as all three of my children have attended Prosper schools since Kindergarten and have experienced the outpouring of love, support, and commitment to success from administrators and teachers across this amazing District.


We are fortunate to live in a community that demonstrates such an extraordinary level of support for the school district and recognize there are very high expectations for excellence. I am committed to ensuring that we continue to strive for excellence on all levels in PISD, amidst the phenomenal growth, by providing the very best facilities and educational opportunities for our children, an exceptional learning and growth environment for our teachers, and being fiscally responsible to our community.


Mary Lou Smith


Place 3


Term Expires 2019


Moved to Prosper in November, 2004


University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Science Degree in Education


University of Texas at Tyler – Master’s Degree in Education


Served as PTO President and other board positions


Married to Joey


Children: Klein, Spencer, & Riley


As a former educator and mother of three children in Prosper schools, I am passionate and invested about the children of our community receiving an excellent education. Prosper is a premier town to raise a family because of its sincere dedication to ensuring top notch facilities for our schools and the hiring and training of high quality teachers. My vision for Prosper ISD is to enhance the dynamic tradition of empowering learners, to invest in cutting edge technology, and to inspire students to blaze a new trail of success.


“It is today that we must create the world of the future.” Eleanor Roosevelt


Debra Smith


Place 5


Term Expires 2020


Moved to Prosper in November, 2002.


Graduated from Angelo State University with a BA in Business Administration.


Spent majority of career in insurance industry – positions from underwriting to Team Manager.


Served as PTO President and other board positions on four campuses.


Married to Dwayne


Children: Dalton and Daylin


My children have each been PISD students since Kindergarten. Our family has experienced growth in the district when PISD expanded from its third campus, Folsom Elementary to now. I have spent the last eight years volunteering on five campuses, getting to know students, parents, staff and administrators. Equally valuable, I have become familiar with the processes and systems that PISD relies on to provide an exemplary experience for all.


I realize how important preparation, organization, readiness and communication are as we are poised to dramatically grow in the near future. My heartfelt goal is to help PISD maintain its focus on the highest quality education, character development and positive impact the changes will undoubtedly have on our children. I am honored to serve as a PISD Board member.


Jana Thomson


Place 1


Term Expires 2019


Prosper resident since 2003


Married to Lee Thomson


Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Education, Texas Mid-Management Certification, Reading Endorsement, Collin County Distinguished Principal, PTA Honorary Life Member


Retired professional educator, 32 years experience in public education


Prosper ISD Principal, 18 years serving students at Rucker, Folsom, Baker and Cockrell


Extensive Community Involvement: Cornerstone, Clothe-a-Child, Light Lunch Ministries, Lion’s Club, Cockrell Scholarship Committee


My passion and heart is serving KIDS, their families, our district and community. Making a positive difference in the lives of children & maintaining excellence in our fast growth district is top priority. Having served as a principal for 18 years in Prosper, I know first-hand the challenges upon us as we continue to strive “together” to provide an exemplary experience for our students. Our students and their families deserve our very best each and every day! I am honored to serve as a Prosper ISD Board member.


Bill Beavers


Place 4


Term Expires 2021


Moved to Prosper from Frisco, TX in April 2012 (Native Texan)


BBA in Management from Hardin-Simmons University


MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University


Commercial Sales Manager at Cirro Energy an NRG company (Plano, TX)


Elected to the Board in 2018


Married to Teri


Children: Rachel (Class of ’26), Emily (Class of ‘29), Will (Class of ’30), Jack (Class of ’32) and Katie (Class of ’36)


What a great honor it is to work with the excellent leadership and educators of Prosper ISD to make our school district one of the very best in the state of Texas. We must prepare for and thrive in the midst of our challenges, giving our students the best possible educational experience and providing them with a solid foundation for great future success. Our kids deserve nothing less. I do not take lightly the responsibility entrusted to us by the wonderful community we serve and look forward to the task ahead of us as we prepare for and strive towards a bright future in Prosper ISD.