Running for seat inside of township
I became a part of the Mahomet-Seymour community over twenty-five years ago when I became active in a local church in town. I worked with the youth group and made lifelong friends. It was only natural that when my husband and I were looking for a good place to raise our family we chose Mahomet. It is a great community and we love living here!
The most important thing to me is my faith, followed by my family. I have been happily married to my husband, Mark, for fifteen years and we have two great children. Ben is a fifth grader at Lincoln Trail and Julia is in eighth grade at MS Junior High. Mark and I are glad to have our kids in the Mahomet-Seymour school district and are grateful to the many incredible teachers they have had over the years.
In addition to being a wife and a mom, I have been a professional educator for over 25 years. I have a PhD in economics and teach both economics and statistics at the University of Illinois. As a teacher, academics are near and dear to my heart. I believe that my knowledge and experience in education will add to the board and serve the community well. My training as an economist will allow me to lend valuable insight as our board sets priorities to accomplish our most important goals. I look forward to using my professional skills to help our district find a way to accomplish more of the things we value.
I would like to serve on the school board because I have a heart for the kids of our community, I want to support our teachers in educating our kids, and I want to see the Mahomet-Seymour school district continue on a path of excellence. I want to represent our community within the district and as such I want to connect with the students, teachers, parents, and other community members to truly listen to the voice of the community. I feel that I have a perspective and a skill set that would strengthen the board and I’d like the opportunity to serve the community in this way.
I welcome the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the way we equip our teachers with the resources they need to reach every student right where they are.
I hope you will support me in supporting our kids, our teachers and our community.
One of my highest priorities as a school board member will be transparency. I was raised on the principle that it is important to do what you say and say what you mean. Communication is the bedrock of trust. Trust is earned, and it is through honest and truthful relationships that trust is built. I believe that in order to best serve the community, the board and the administration must engage in as much dialog and open communication with the public as possible. I will make it a focal point as a member of the board to advocate for the improvement of timely and clear communication from the district.
For Kids & Teachers
I care deeply for the kids of our community. Our ability to meet ALL kids right where they are and give them the the opportunity to reach their full potential is vital to our success. This can only be done if the district supports and stands behind its teachers—equipping them with the resources they need to be the most successful. I welcome the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the way we interact with our kids to be most effective and make them successful across the spectrum.
I believe in the value of collaboration. Teachers, parents, board members, administrators and community members should all be on the same team working together to provide an excellent education for all our students. I believe that true strength comes when we work together. Mahomet and Seymour are small communities full of invested, smart and giving people. I believe we are stronger when we value and utilize all of these varied skills and as such, one of my priorities will be to ensure mechanisms for the community to bring their thoughts and ideas to the board; and then take those ideas and find a way to use them to accomplish great things for our kids.
For Priorities and Economic Efficiency
How do you use limited resources in the most efficient way? As an economist, this question guides much of my decision making. A clear outline of goals and priorities is crucial in making sure that financial decisions are efficient and in line with what’s most important to us. We hear so often “there isn’t enough money” and because the budget is tight these days in Illinois we need to change our focus to how we do the best we can with the resources we do have. It is in my nature and my training to look at resources and determine the most efficient way to use them for maximum impact. I believe that my experience and viewpoint will strengthen the board and assist in the balancing act that is required to maximize our limited resources to be most effective and to provide the greatest benefit for our students.
The role of a school board member is to be an representative of the community. In order to be able to do that effectively, a member needs to connect regularly with community members in meaningful ways. As a school board member I view my role as listening to the various priorities of the stakeholders and working to balance the various viewpoints in ways that benefit our kids. I want to represent our community well and as such I want to connect with the students, teachers, parents, and other community members to truly listen to the voice of the community.