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Judy Needham

Judy Needham
Board Member  - Represents District 5

Term: First elected 1996; Term expires 2015
Represented Schools
Profession: Fundraising Consultant

Judy Needham is a Fort Worth native and a product of the Fort Worth ISD. She attended Alice Carlson Elementary, McLean Middle School and R.L. Paschal High School. After attending Sweet Briar College for two years, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Mrs. Needham was first elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board in1996 and has served as chair of the Technology Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Needham is a development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tarrant County. She serves on numerous boards including the Molyneaux Charitable Foundation, Lena Pope Home, Museum of Science and History, Nature Center Conservancy, Botanical Research Institute and Texas Assn. of School Boards. She served on the Mayor’s Task Force to end homelessness.  Due to her work with the homeless and their children, there is a library named in Needham’s honor at the Union Gospel Mission.

Mrs. Needham’s vision for the District is “that we must prepare all students to graduate and be productive, successful citizens in the 21st century.” In addition, the FWISD must conduct its affairs in an open, efficient and professional manner that earns the confidence of its taxpayers.

Mrs. Needham is an avid nature lover, including bird watching, and likes to relax with her pets. She also enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and classical music.  She has three children and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Needham says it’s her personal mission “to work with the other board members and the superintendent to make the Fort Worth ISD into the best urban District in the country.”

Accomplishments of the Board of Education


Conducted a nationwide search for a new superintendent of schools resulting in the hiring of Melody A. Johnson


Passed $594 million bond package to improve school infrastructure and equip classrooms with modern technology


    • Strong advocate for 21st century classrooms and accompanying technology, and proud that FWISD is the largest urban district to date with Promethean white boards in every classroom.

Balanced District budget through reductions of $50 million over the last four years with $3 million cut from the central office alone


Charged the District’s administrators with improving student achievement

Established and utilized community advisory committees in the areas of technology, facilities, budget, audit and bond oversight functions

Adopted policies that ensure transparency of operations


Reinstated music and art into the curriculum for primary grades

 Recent School/Student Accomplishments:

  • Arlington Heights Boys Basketball Team Won the State 4A Region 1 Championship and went to the State Final Four competition in March, 2013.
  • Arlington Heights High School students and members of the Fort Worth Police Department celebrate the opening of the Care Closet, a clothes closet especially for unsheltered students, in March, 2013.
  • The Tanglewood Elementary School Honor Choir sang the National Anthem before a sold-out crowd at the Ballpark in Arlington on May 12, 2012.
  • Arlington Heights High School's Bethanne Chimbel was honored as the 2013 Sewell Lexus of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities.
  • Como Elementary School's Deborah Stewart was honored as the 2013 Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Science.
  • A $20,000 grant awarded through The Morris Foundation and the Fort Worth ISD Education Excellence Fund of The Community Fund of North Texas will underwrite the cost of employing "G-Force Mentors" at Arlington Heights High School's GO Center.
  • TCU and NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson headlined the Souper Bowl of Caring event at Tanglewood Elementary School on January 15, 2013.
  • Two 5th graders dancers from North Hi Mount and Western Hills Elementary Schools both earned Gold awards and will compete in The Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Finals in May 2013.  




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