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Dr. Ralph Draper, has been chosen as the Keynote Speaker for the MLK Annual Banquet. The theme is Education A Pathway to the future.Dr. Ralph H. Draper has followed two career pathways that both focus on serving people and offering opportunities for transforming their lives. He began his career in Christian ministry in1981 and became a full-time educator in 1988 after recognizing the positive impact he could have on children in public schools.In August 2005, Dr. Draper took the next step toward fulfilling his dream of transforming public education to better meet the needs of 21st century students when he was selected by the Spring ISD Board of Trustees to serve as superintendent of the diverse and fast-growing district located in northwest Houston. {{more}}In 2006, he established a Spring ISD Design Team to produce a vision that states: “By 2015, Spring Independent School District will be recognized nationally as a leader among learning organizations and known for exemplary student achievement.” The 2015 vision, as it came to be known, soon became recognizable and often quoted across the district.Under Dr. Draper’s leadership the district has demonstrated a commitment to school transformation that included identifying core beliefs, establishing a team of key leaders and supporting teachers with sustained, professional development. Dr. Draper and his wife, Charlene, have three grown daughters: Genesis, Joy and Charity.The MLK Banquet will be held at the Abilene Civic Center on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm.A table of 10 seats is $280.00 and individual tickets are $25.00 each. Please call the chamber office at 325-672-7950.