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About Les: Bio

Les Black is...

An experienced and knowledgeable education leader  

  • A Ph.D. in Educational Leadership 

  • A former public school bus driver, teacher and principal

  • A Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University, training aspiring principals and superintendents 

  • A scholar who has presented research nationally and authored multiple articles on educational law and policy


Invested in the CFB community’s success

  • A resident of Farmers Branch for more than 20 years

  • A parent of a current CFB student and a K-12 graduate 

  • A volunteer in CFB schools, PTA and booster groups

  • A member of the CFB 2030 Collaborative Visioning Committee

  • A graduate of the Leadership Metrocrest program


Committed to serving the community responsibly

  • A passionate advocate for students and families, the district and public education

  • A sensible steward of taxpayer dollars

  • A collaborative team member and constructive communicator

A Note from Les

A Note from Les

Why am I running for CFBISD School Board?

CFBISD has made an immeasurable positive impact on my children’s educational and personal growth as well as my own professional development, and now I believe it is time for me to give back to the community I love.


After several years as a high school foreign language and social studies teacher, I started in CFBISD as an Assistant Principal at Newman Smith High School in 1997. I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Administration in 2002, in no small part due to the support and encouragement I received from my CFBISD family. In 2004, I was named Principal at Blalack Middle School, where I served for eight years until I accepted a faculty appointment at SMU.

After my first year as a CFBISD employee, my wife Emily and I felt so welcomed by the community that we decided to make Farmers Branch our home. In 2001, our daughter Aden was born, and three years later our son, Saylor. Both have attended CFBISD schools since Kindergarten. Aden graduated from Newman Smith in 2019 and is currently a sophomore at SMU, pursuing a double major in vocal performance and music education. Saylor is a junior at Newman Smith where he stays busy with his academic, athletic and fine arts endeavors. 


If I am elected to serve on the CFBISD school board, I will work to ensure that the schools in this community continue to welcome, value and nurture all of our children in ways that make a lasting positive impact on lives. Like us, I want families to always feel blessed to have made CFBISD their home.

Cast 2 Votes on (or before) Nov 3!

The cumulative voting method will be used to fill the two open CFBISD School Board seats in the 2020 election. This means each voter may cast two votes. Les is asking for one or both of yours!

Early Voting:  Tues, Oct 13 - Fri, Oct 30

Vote by Mail Ballot Request Deadline:  Fri, Oct 23

Election Day:  Tues, Nov 3

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