Trustee Michael Booker Is Motivated to Increase Academic Success
January 6, 2021 — January is School Board Appreciation Month, which recognizes the crucial role an elected board of trustees plays in our communities and schools. Throughout the month, Midland ISD will individually recognize each member of its board, starting with newly elected trustee Michael Booker.
Booker joined the MISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 4, 2021, and represents District 1.
“My motivation is not just my own children, but all of the kids in MISD,” Booker said. “The young people in our community are our future. The quality of a student’s education very often sets the stage for success after graduation, whether that student wants to go to college or straight into a career. We owe it to all students and our Midland community to give kids a world class education that prepares them for success.”
Booker has lived in Midland since he was five years old and attended MISD schools, including Goddard Junior High and Midland Freshman High School. He is a 2005 graduate of Midland High School, where he played wide receiver under football coach Craig Yenzer. He also played baseball for the Bulldogs under coach Barry Russell.
After graduation, Booker joined the Marine Corps. He served from 2006 to 2011 in the Motor Transport division and achieved the rank of corporal. He was stationed in San Diego and served one non-combat tour abroad. Booker also served as a reserve in Lubbock.
Booker credits his military service for being inspired to join the school board. “The Marine Corps strongly encourages all Marines to get involved in their communities, and I have taken this to heart,” he said. “I hope to serve District 1 with discipline, honor, honesty and integrity.”
District 1 is generally located in east Midland. “What’s very special about District 1 is that it’s a very diverse part of the MISD community,” Booker said. “I hope to succeed in being the voice for students, parents and teachers in my district. Part of my mission is to increase their involvement in our schools and our district. When we work together, we win together. Let’s deliver on our promise to our students today that they will be successful tomorrow.”
Booker currently works as a supply chain manager for GR Energy Services, an oil and gas services company that focuses on completions, production and water management. He attends True-Lite Christian Fellowship Church and serves as a member of its security team, known as the “sheepdogs.” He is vice president of the Royal Order, a touring-motorcycle and trike enthusiast club, and has been a football referee for more than a decade in the Midland-Odessa area.
He is married to Austin Booker and has four boys: Tylan, Tevan, Drake and Lincoln.