(Seguin) -- Carol Sewell says she is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work for constituents in District 7. Sewell was appointed by the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees during a special meeting Friday afternoon.
Carol Sewell, left, takes the oath of office on Friday.
Sewell says after understanding the board's inability to make a decision on an appointment during the last meeting, she wanted to be considered for the job and contacted District 3 Trustee Craig Thomas.
"I just volunteered because I understood there was like a deadlock or something -- that's what I understood. I was like 'oh, this is in my district.' I've been looking for a way to get involved with Seguin schools since my dad passed away and now my time is freed up. So I thought I would volunteer my name," said Sewell.
Sewell, who has lived in District 7 since 2010, says she looks forward to helping the district reach its goals and looks forward to maybe implementing a reading program that worked incredibly well for the Boerne ISD where she served as a volunteer and as a substitute teacher.
"I was very active in the public schools in Boerne when my kids were in school there. The kids are now all graduated from college, but even after they left for college, I worked for approximately eight years with these STAR program in Boerne. I can't recall what the acronym stands for but it's a reading program where you help at-risk kids. We brought in diverse people from all over the community -- not just educators, but just like myself which I was a real estate agent. We brought in people from all walks of life that had like a half hour in the morning or a half hour at lunch or half hour at a certain time. The program pulls kids that are at-risk of being held back a year and there's a reading specialist that has a folder with information for each kid -- what they need to be working on and as a volunteer you work with them. You commit to work with one child for an entire year. I did this for eight years. I worked with eight different children for an entire school year and the results were phenomenal. Everyone that I mentored and the most of the mentoring that I was aware of were reading at or above, usually above grade level by the end of this special reading intervention," said Sewell.
Sewell says she has always been committed to the youth and hopes to provide the best representation possible.
"I was involved in some business, community and school partnerships. It gave the kids ideas of things to do after graduation. So I just love youth. I have a total of five children, three children, two step children and grandchildren and I just love to give back. I was taking care of my dad who's a World War II vet. He passed away in April of 2014. I had to settle all of his affairs and then I looked at my husband last year, I said 'ok, I don't have a dad to take care of, I'd like to get involved in the community now like I was in Boerne.' This seemed like an opportunity to make a difference," said Sewell.
Sewell currently is a real estate agent for Heritage Texas Properties. Upon being appointed, Sewell was administered the oath of office. She will remain in the position until the November school board election.