WHY I'M RUNNING
Mother of 3 MISD Students. Nonprofit Leader. Former Educator.
I am passionate about education -- and I always have been. Beginning with my own public school education growing up in Arlington to my first career as a Special Education and English teacher in a public high school in San Jose, California, I have personally witnessed the transformative power of high-quality and engaging education in the lives and imaginations of students.
After living in cities across the United States and earning a master's degree in public policy with a focus on education, my high school sweetheart and I chose Mansfield ISD for our home to raise our children -- just 7 miles from where we graduated. As a family of five (including twin third graders and a middle schooler), we are proud to live and learn in MISD – a diverse district with excellent educators and staff who care about students and make our district a destination for quality education.
As a nonprofit leader who has worked throughout my professional career to strengthen educational opportunity and excellence for all, I know that there is still more that we can do to maximize our existing resources and best serve every child in every school across our district. TOGETHER -- even through the unprecedented challenges our children face today -- we can and will move forward responsibly and effectively to help all our children to succeed.
"Students are MISD's #1 priority. As a trustee, everything I do will be focused on what is best for students and their success."
~ Corinne Fiagome
Corinne Fiagome is an experienced nonprofit professional, policy researcher, and project manager with a passion for education. Corinne earned a B.S. degree in Commerce, specializing in management and marketing, from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Policy degree, specializing in social policy, from Duke University.
After beginning her career in the classroom – serving two years in San Jose, California as a high school English and Special Education teacher and three years at the college level as an instructor in a peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention program, a graduate student recruiter, and a teaching assistant for graduate-level statistics and data analysis courses in North Carolina -- Corinne held leadership positions in child- and family-serving nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma and Texas for 15+ years, which has provided her with an appreciation and understanding of community-based connections and supports for helping children and families succeed. Over the years, she has completed numerous trainings and courses on child development, education policymaking, and approaches to providing trauma-informed care in schools and community organizations for students and families experiencing crisis. She currently provides management and fundraising consultation to local mission-focused organizations as a Senior Associate with Project Partners, Inc.
A DFW native, Corinne graduated from south Arlington’s James Bowie High School and was awarded a transformational 4-year full college scholarship that she credits as instrumental to changing her life’s trajectory. Yet she credits several family, friends, and community members along the way during her youth for putting (and keeping) her on the path to fulfilling her academic, career and life goals. As a result, being an advocate for the dreams of today’s youth has been and continues to be a joyful and rewarding part of her adult life.
She is an active alumna of Leadership ISD – Tarrant County (a fellowship of people who are “fiercely optimistic about the future of public education”), through which she received the Texas Education Agency’s 2-day Lone Star Governance training, was a member of the 2019-2020 Leadership MISD cohort, and is a proud member of Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a nonprofit leadership development organization. She is honored to serve as Treasurer on the Willie Brown PTA, a position she has held for two years, and she will continue to serve on the board for the 2021-2022 school year. She also serves the community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Women in Power Empowering (a philanthropic group of African-American women), Crossroads Christian Church, and former president of the Ridge Trace homeowner’s association, for which she effectively and faithfully completed a two-year volunteer term.
Corinne and her husband have three young children in MISD schools.