January 14, 2021 — For newly elected Katie Joyner, being a member of the Midland ISD Board of Trustees means working to build students' confidence in their futures.
“Our children deserve schools that are safe and offer amazing academics and equal opportunities for success,” Joyner said. “All MISD alumni should be confident they’ll be ready for their next steps in life because they know they received a great education.”
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.
Joyner is a Midland native and graduated from Midland High School in 2000, where she was part of the tennis team and yearbook staff. She received her Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, after which she headed west to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
In Los Angeles, Joyner served as a Drama Development Coordinator for NBC Universal’s Drama Development department, which is focused on creating new slates of fall television shows. She also spent time working on the reality competition show “America’s Next Top Model” for the CW Network. Joyner later worked in Austin for advertising agency T3 and in project management for Veritas 321 Energy Partners in Midland until before starting her family in 2010. She is now a philanthropist and has taught yoga for more than 10 years.
Joyner is actively involved in the community. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she has been a vacation bible study chairwoman. She is president of the Midland Memorial Hospital Forum Board and previously served on the Midland YMCA board. Joyner also has been heavily involved with Bynum School, including service as co-chair for the school’s Smash Tennis Tournament.
Joining the MISD school board is an extension of her passion for the Midland community and its children. “We have to provide children the opportunity to succeed in their pursuit of college, career or military service after graduation,” she said.
Joyner and her husband, Dave, are UT-Austin Texas Exes. They have two daughters: Fay and Willa. Katie’s parents, Bill and Kathy Wallace, still reside in Midland.
District 4 generally extends from east Midland to southwest Midland. “My district is unique in that it covers a very wide stretch of the community, and I’m excited to serve such a diverse group of families and campuses,” Joyner said.