Trischitti: Education Must Equip Students for Success
January 12, 2021 — "Public education is the base for students to achieve potentially anything they want in life." This mission is at the core of John Trischitti III's purpose as a trustee on the Midland ISD school board.
The district is individually highlighting school board members throughout January as part of School Board Recognition Month. which recognizes the crucial role an elected board of trustees plays in our communities and schools.
Trischitti joined the board in 2019 as the representative for District 5 and is no stranger to public service. He served as Director of the Midland County Public Libraries from 2011 to 2019 and he spearheaded the establishment of the popular Centennial branch during his tenure. He is currently the Executive Director of the Midland Development Corp., an organization that creates opportunities for businesses and individuals in Midland through economic development activities, outreach, education and support.
Trischitti credits education for setting his course for success after high school and being community-minded. “I am an example of the power that education can have on a life,” he said, adding that part of his work as a trustee is to find solutions to overcome the hurdles families might face that can stifle student growth. “We need to find tools that break the difficult social and economic cycles we sometimes find ourselves in," he said. "We need to provide the best possible education that equips students for success.”
A Lubbock native, Trischitti graduated from Coronado High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2000 and received his Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2009.
Trischitti is heavily involved in serving Midland and the state. He served on the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award selection committee and was a member of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Systems Act Board. He also serves on the city of Midland Airport Board and on the Basin PBS Board of Directors.
Trischitti is a former Texas Librarian of the Year and is a past receipt of the Rosalind Redfern Library Benefactor Award and Midland 20 under 40. He also is a TED Talk presenter on the social impacts of illiteracy and is a frequent speaker and program presenter across the state on children’s literature and best practices on management and leadership.
Trischitti attends Golf Course Road Church of Christ. He has five children: Jay, Olivia, Dean, Charlotte and Paul — all of whom attend MISD schools.