Judy Needham, Trustee - District 5

  • Judy Needham - Board Member

    First elected 1996; Term expires 2019

    Represented Schools:
    Burton Hill Elementary, Lily B. Clayton Elementary, Como Elementary, Como Montessori, North Hi Mount Elementary, Mary Louise Phillips Elementary, South Hi Mount Elementary, Tanglewood Elementary, Western Hills Elementary, Western Hills Primary, Monnig Middle, Stripling Middle, Arlington Heights High School, Jo Kelly School, Boulevard Heights

    Part Time Fundraising Consultant


    Judy Needham is a Fort Worth native and a product of the Fort Worth ISD. She attended Alice Carlson Elementary, McLean Middle School and R.L. Paschal High School. After attending Sweet Briar College for two and a half  years, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. She has three children who graduated from Arlington Heights HS and five grandchildren. 

    Mrs. Needham was first elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board in 1996 and has served as Board President in 2013, Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee and now is Chair of the district’s Audit Committee.

    Mrs. Needham is currently a part-time fund raising consultant for the City’s Park Department raising funds to create a Dog Park at the site of former Z Boaz Golf Course on Camp Bowie. She has worked as a litigation paralegal, owner of the current Tommy’s Hamburger Shoppe on Camp Bowie and fundraiser for United Way.

    She has served on numerous boards including currently the Molyneaux Charitable Foundation, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the Garden Club and Lena Pope Home. She was formerly a member of the Fort Worth Nature Center Conservancy, BRIT, Museum of Science and History and Texas Assn. of School Boards. She is former treasurer for the Jr. League and Mayfest.

    She served on the Mayor’s Task Force to end homelessness.  Due to her work with the homeless and their children, there is a library named in Needham’s honor at the Union Gospel Mission. She has also received rewards for service from Lena Pope Home and the Junior League.

    Mrs. Needham’s vision for the District is “that we must prepare all students to graduate to be college ready or work ready as productive, successful citizens in the 21st century and provide trained workers for Fort Worth businesses.

    Mrs. Needham is an avid nature lover, enjoys bird watching, and likes to relax with her pets---2 dogs, 2 cats and a 40 year old parrot. She also enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and classical music.

    She feels truly blessed and honored to be on the school board and be entrusted to help our community’s children receive the best public education possible. 

    Accomplishments of the Board of Education

    • Passed $594 million bond package to improve school infrastructure and equip classrooms with modern technology
    • Strong advocate for 21st century classrooms and accompanying technology, and proud that FWISD is the largest urban district to date with Promethean white boards in every classroom.
    • Balanced District budget through reductions of $50 million over the last four years with $3 million cut from the central office alone
    • Charged the District’s administrators with improving student achievement
    • Established and utilized community advisory committees in the areas of technology, facilities, budget, audit and bond oversight functions
    • Adopted policies that ensure transparency of operations
    • Reinstated music and art into the curriculum for primary grades