Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
  Position Name & Email   Term Began  Term Expires Biography
  1 Jim Dossey (President)
2017   2020 Biography

Adam Simmons ( Vice President)

2017   2020 Biography
  3 David Eargle   2017   2020 Biography
  4 Trey Kirby (Secretary) 2018   2021 Biography
  5 Linda Porten 2018   2021 Biography
  6 Matt Fuller
2019   2022 Biography
  7 Gary Hammons 2019   2022 Biography

Regular School Board Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. These meetings are held in the Board Room of the Education Support Center, 20774 Eva St. Montgomery, TX 77356.

Montgomery ISD is governed by an elected seven member board. Individual trustees, serving without pay, are elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis. Elections are held on the second Saturday in May annually. Although elected to numbered positions, trustees represent the District as a whole, not specific geographic areas.

The seven member board, while composed of individuals, acts officially only as a group. No member or group of members acts in the name of the Board unless authorized by the Board. A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

School board members are guardians of the public trust and, through the policies they make, are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of local public education. The board serves as the advocate for educational excellence for the community’s youth and puts those interests first. The policies school boards make dictate the standards and philosophy by which schools are run and the criteria used to judge whether they are being run well.

The key roles and responsibilities of the school board members are:

  • Hire and evaluate the superintendent and delegate all administrative responsibilities
  • Approve the school district’s budget
  • Establish goals and evaluate outcomes
  • Adopt and evaluate policies
  • Communicate with the community

The Board functions according to state and federal laws, the rules and regulations established by the State Board of Education, and the Texas Education Agency. The board powers and duties are listed in MISD Policy BAA(LEGAL) and board ethics are listed in MISD Policy BBF(LOCAL), both available as part of the online MISD Board Policy Manual.

DosseyJim Dossey (President)

Jim Dossey is an attorney / partner at Dossey and Jones PLLC in The Woodlands, concentrating in business law, intellectual property, tax, estate planning, and probate.  Jim is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office and a Certified Public Accountant.

Prior to his legal career, Jim worked in various roles in Bank of America’s Management Rotational Program for 5 years.  Jim also worked as a software consultant for 5 years at an oil and gas consulting firm in Houston.


In addition to his law degree, Jim holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.  He also has an MBA in corporate finance and strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Jim lives with his wife, Jennifer, in the April Sound subdivision on Lake Conroe.  Jim and Jennifer grew up in Montgomery, both having attended MISD’s single elementary school, intermediate school, junior high school and high school.  Jim and Jennifer have three children:  two girls, Claire (16) and Phoebe (13) and one son, Noah (10) who all attend Montgomery schools.  Jim and his family are active members at the Ark Church in Conroe, Texas.

SimmonsAdam Simmons (Vice-President)

Adam Simmons graduated from Klein High School in 1996 and went on to graduate from what is now Texas State University in 2000, with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. After living in Austin for a couple of years he and his wife Tiffany decided to move closer to family to raise theirs. They moved to Montgomery in June of 2006.

Adam, having been in the home finance industry since 2003, started Crystal Clear Mortgage with a business partner in 2008.  Together they have helped, literally, thousands of people with their goals of home ownership in Montgomery County and more specially, in the MISD area.

Adam felt he needed to give back to the community that welcomed him and his family with open arms, and to the community that allowed him to own and operate a successful business. Also, with a 9-year-old and a 13 year old currently enrolled in MISD, it was very important for Adam to have a say in the direction of the district.  Adam is very eager to help the district, and learn and grow along the way.

David Eargle is a retired executive from El Paso Corporation. David worked for 29 years in Houston and Corpus Christi in the natural gas industry.  During his career, he was a Vice President with El Paso Corporation and Gulfterra Corporation, and Senior Vice President and a Board Member of Eastex Energy.  He graduated from the University of Texas in 1976 with a BBA in Marketing.

In addition to serving on the MISD School Board, he is Board President of the Walden Community Improvement Association and an avid supporter of the Montgomery Bearbackers.  David also formerly served as President of the Walden Men’s Association and on the board of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program for 9 years, 3 years as President.

David and his wife, Nancy, have two children, both of whom graduated from Montgomery High School.  Their daughter, Betsy, is a graduate of University of Houston.  Their son, Kelsey, is a Captain in the U. S. Army.

David and his family enjoy hunting, fishing, sailing, and traveling.

Trey Kirby moved to Montgomery, TX in 1987 after being born in the city of Richardson in north Texas.  After graduating from MHS and getting his college education, he returned to continue his career and start his family in the community he calls home.

Currently, Trey serves as the Texas Regional Manager for DRC Emergency Services, owned by Sullivan Interests out of Galveston, TX and has been with the company for five years.  He attended both Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994.

Being a proud graduate of MHS in 1989, Trey felt it was time to give back to a community that has given him so much.  Prior to being elected as an MISD trustee, he served on multiple committees and campus advisory boards throughout the district.  Along with this, he is very active as a volunteer and member of local organizations.  He is a member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Conroe Area Republican Women, volunteer coach for North County Football League, and former board member and coach for Montgomery Soccer Club.  His priority is his service to his Lord and church as a member and volunteer at Fellowship of Montgomery. When not volunteering, his free time includes fishing along the Texas coast, hunting ducks in the marsh, golfing with friends and traveling with his family.  
Trey is married to Mallory, who has been employed by MISD since 2003 and currently serves as the principal at Keenan Elementary School.  Married since 2004, they have two children, daughter Kati-Grace and son Kannon. 


Linda Porten grew up in Dallas, Texas graduating from Hillcrest High School prior to graduating from Texas Tech University in 1973 where she was president of the Speech and Hearing Honorary Fraternity her senior year. She worked as a speech therapist at Pine Tree Elementary in Longview, Texas while in graduate school at ETSU in Commerce. She relocated to San Antonio, Texas where she worked in  Northside ISD and San Antonio Christian School before moving to Montgomery.  She began her work in 1990 as a part-time speech therapist at Montgomery Elementary and retired in 2014 as speech therapist, resource reading teacher and science co-teacher.

While serving the district for the last few years as a substitute teacher in the upper grades, she recognized an opportunity for utilizing the community in supporting potentially at-risk students.  Project Impact under the direction of Jada Mullins began in November of 2017 with about 18 committed individuals.  This volunteer program continues to expand in order to support and encourage staff and students in the rewarding but challenging work public schools endeavor to do.

Linda and her husband Jim share twelve grandchildren and six children (two of whom were Montgomery Bears, Eric Crabb and Carrie Fulham).  They worship at Walden Community Church where she has served the church board as secretary for the last five years.



Dr. Fuller grew up in Sealy, Texas and was active in sports, band, UIL competitions, and Boy Scouts, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in Biology and Educational Administration. Matt earned his doctorate in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University. 

Matt is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University where he teaches classes and conducts research on educational law, finance, history, ethics, educational research methods, and safety. He currently serves as the Director of the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership at Sam Houston State. He is a Fellow with the Institute of Higher Education Law and Governance Roundtable and the National Data Institute at the National Center for Education Statistics in Washington, D.C. Matt is a member of the American Threat Assessment Professionals Association and the Education Law Association. He is the author of numerous articles and books on educational leadership, legal issues, safety, and ethics.

Matt is also the owner and operator of a small family farm in Montgomery where they raise fresh produce, eggs, and honey.  He also helps on his family’s farm in Weimar, TX with cattle and honey bees.  He is an Advanced Master Beekeeper and volunteers with local schools, churches, and organizations teaching the public about the benefits of honey bees.  He is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau and the Montgomery County Fair Association.

Matt and his wife, Kerri, have two sons, both of whom are students in Montgomery ISD.  Kerri is an educator as well and works for MISD.  Matt is excited to see what is next in Montgomery’s future and play a vital part in shaping the future for our children and our community.


Gary Hammons has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2008. Gary currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer for QES Directional Drilling LLC, an oilfield services company and division of Quintana Energy Services. Prior positions held include: Senior Auditor for WeinsteinSpira PC CPA firm and as a senior non-commissioned officer in the US Army/ Army Reserve Military Police Corp. He is a graduate of the Texas A&M University System earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration Majoring in Accounting. Gary holds a Professional Membership with the Texas Society of CPA’s and serves on several financial advisory committees that include the Quintana Energy Services 401k Plan and First Montgomery Baptist Church.

Gary and his family have lived in Montgomery since 2006. His wife Christina has been employed by MISD since 2009 and is currently a 4th grade teacher at Keenan Elementary School. They have been married since 2001 and have two children in MISD, son Jacob and daughter Audrey.