Risa Stein

blue haired woman posing in front of garden

Where are you from?

I grew up in Southwest Houston and went to Johnson Intermediate School, Westbury High School and the University of Houston. My family lived in Southwest Houston since I was five.

How long have you been a League City resident? What brought you to League City?

My husband and I moved to League City in 1999. Prior to that, we lived in Clear Lake for 18 to 20 years. My husband was an engineering manager, so we moved around a lot. We lived in Massachusetts, Virginia Beach, and North Germany. Throughout our time living in different areas, we ended up always coming back to our roots in Clear Lake.

We were attracted to League City because of the lower taxes, and we loved living by the water. When we moved to League City, I continued my teaching career after having worked at Houston Independent School District (HISD), Galena Independent School District (GISD) to Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD). I spent 30 years working as teacher. I completed the rest of my years teaching at CCISD before retiring. I taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade in the bilingual, ESL classes at Stewart and Bay Elementary, where we had a dual teaching team.

What do you like most about League City? 

I like that we are out of the rush of Houston, that League City is slower paced, and the neighborhoods were less crowded. People from all over the country move to League City because, like us, they enjoyed the close community, and that people are actively involved in the community.  

To show how committed our community is in bringing people from different religious backgrounds together, I am currently involved in forming the Greater Clear Lake Interfaith Community Council, which is aimed at bringing the community together to learn about each other’s religious beliefs and to show that we are not divided, but rather we are connected. Representatives from local churches, mosques, and synagogues are all involved. We are still in the planning phase, but our first community meeting will be held on November 10.

We’ve gotten support from our League City Mayor and local restaurants, and we really believe this will bring the community together even more. The first community meeting will be based on the “Golden Rule,” which is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

My parents instilled in me the value of getting involved in the community. They were community-oriented, and now I am community-oriented, as well. My husband is the same way. He is a Director of our Homeowner’s Association, an LCPD volunteer and we are involved in various clubs, groups, and charities.  

I also like meeting people and helping them get to better know our community. I’ve met many new people from being involved in different associations and clubs. In addition, I enjoy the COM theatre group; we are also very supportive of this theatre group.

What are your favorite restaurants in League City? 

A few of my favorites are Kelley’s Country Cookin’, Red River Bar-B-Que & Grill, and Coco’s Crepes, although there are many others that I frequent.  

Why do you color your hair purple? 

I felt I had earned this creative adventure after I retired from teaching. It was fun, and I enjoyed the attention. People will say, “Where is the lady with the purple hair.” I have met many wonderful people who comment on my hair. I’ve been coloring my hair like this for the past two years. I did it to make my statement that I’m active, outgoing, and I really enjoy meeting people. I couldn’t do that while I was working for the school district. I like the purple and vibrant shades, and I’ve been supporting the same local salon and hairstylist for the past 15 years. We are very special friends and are like family.   

How long have you been a member of the League City Garden Club?  

I’ve been a member of the Garden Club for the past three years. My friends told me about the club, and how important joining was for the community and for making new friends. It was also a good way to improve my gardening skills, and be a support to our community by participating in various projects.

What do you like most about the League City Garden Club? 

The ladies in the club are fun, very welcoming and I enjoy their company. I also like that we are all working towards the betterment of the community. We get involved in many fun activities while building a better and more beautiful community.    

What is your favorite place to visit in League City? 

I like visiting South Shore Harbour just so I can unwind and enjoy the walk along the water. I also enjoy going to the League City parks and just sitting looking at the trees and enjoying the peace and quiet.  

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I like shopping and travelling. My husband and I are big travelers, and we enjoy cruising.  

Could you sum up League City in a few words? 

It’s a vibrant, growing community. The support system in terms of residents helping each other out even if they are strangers is amazing. This community is doing the most to serve its residents, and the community is supporting its City. It’s a small-town with a big heart.