Board of Trustees

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Richard Clem

Richard Clem 

Board Member




Richard P. Clem was first elected to the Goose Creek Consolidated School District Board of Trustees in May 2017 and re-elected in May 2021.

He has been a resident of Baytown since August 1988. He grew up in White Settlement, Texas, and graduated from Brewer High School in 1980. Clem graduated from West Texas State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He began his teaching career as the director of bands at Bowie Junior School in Odessa, Texas. In 1988, he was hired by GCCISD as the director of bands at Gentry Junior School, where he remained for seven years. In the fall of 1995, he moved to Ross S. Sterling High School as the assistant director of bands. In the summer of 2000, he became the director of bands, teaching band, music theory and orchestra and remaining in this position for 21 years until his retirement in June 2016.

During his career, Clem won numerous awards with his successful bands in marching, concert and sight reading, and in orchestra for concert and sight reading. In 2010 and 2015, he received the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation Students Choice Award. In 2011, Clem was honored by being selected to receive the Goldin Foundation Award for Excellence in Education and as a recipient of a Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation Innovative Teaching Grant. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Texas Classroom Teachers Association. He is also an accomplished arranger, composer, musician and adjudicator.


Serving as the president of the Reflections Homeowners Association, Clem also is president of Baytown Classroom Teachers Association, the local chapter of Texas Classroom Teachers Association.


Clem has been married to Brenda J. Clem, longtime Baytown resident and fellow GCCISD educator, for 21 years. They are members of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where they have served as church musicians, and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. They are active in Relay for Life as yearly sponsors since 2002.


His current term ends in May 2025.