MEET STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
Stephanie is a teacher, an innovative small business owner and a professional musician. She has over 30 years’ experience working with students of all ages and helping teachers develop fun, creative and interactive programs. Her father is a UCC pastor and her mother a music professor and church choir director. She grew up in Texas and is the proud product of Texas public schools. Stephanie has a B.A. in American History form Oberlin College and a Masters in Music from Texas State University.
Stephanie currently is in demand as a workshop facilitator and trains musicians in creativity and improvisation. She has worked with students of all ages at schools, camps and universities in the U.S and Canada. Locally she works in Title one schools (highest poverty) coaching music and performance. She has seen firsthand the ways in which Fine Arts programs and other extra-curricular activities serve as a social safety net and an extended family to students who may face hardship or instability at home. She has had conversations with hundreds of students and scores of teachers about innovative ways to help students increase self-efficacy and personal agency and develop a deeper engagement in their schools and communities. Stephanie is a professional violist and violinist and performs regularly with many of Texas regional symphonies including San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Victoria.
She lives in the beautiful hills of northern Comal county with her life partner Kathy Weiner and their three dogs and five cats, all rescue animals that started as fosters and became family.
Why am I running?
I am the first Democrat in 10 years to file to run for State Representative of Texas House District 73. This district has been represented by one political party for so long that many people have given up on even trying to bring their ideas to the table and have their voices heard. This must change. It is important for Democrats and Progressives to stand up and be visible and bring a more inclusive and compassionate voice to our political conversation. I believe that it is important for all of us to speak out and participate in our Democracy and that we make the best decisions when we invite everyone to the table. I truly believe that a majority of Texans are fair minded, compassionate, and ready for leaders who will listen and represent the people of Texas and not corporate special interests.