My priorities and platform are built upon the essential principles I believe are necessary for high-quality public education. I refer to these action-oriented principles as the “BEST” practices that will guide my school board leadership.
My Key Priorities
- B = Build Community
Strong communities need strong schools and strong schools need strong communities. Schools and communities thrive when they are united around a common vision, values, and goals. I will work to unify our district around these commonalities and ensure that everyone feels welcome, valued, and appreciated.
- E = Ensure Excellence and Equity Across the District
Our commitment to excellence and equity must go beyond the tagline in our logo. As a school board member, I hold high expectations for each student in our schools and I believe in our ability to teach all students at a high level. Different challenges, factors, or circumstances that our students might face are not excuses for leaders to accept disparities or “underachievement,” but instead are challenges to be overcome.
- S = Support the Whole Student
Now more than ever, students need a holistic approach to education. Research shows that supporting the social and emotional needs of students results in improved academic achievement and behavior. As a board member, I will advocate for “whole child” education that supports and affirms our students while addressing their individual needs.
- T = Turn Up the Transparency, Tune Into Stakeholders, Team Up to Get the Job Done
High-achieving districts are possible when everyone is onboard. An essential responsibility of the board is to keep parents and other community members informed about issues and events in the school and seek their input in a way that is welcoming and appreciated. As a school board member, I will advocate for transparency and clear communication with the community. I will also actively seek out opportunities to engage with students, teachers, parents, and community members. Lastly, I will always strive to work as a team with my fellow school board members and superintendent, while keeping what is best for students at the forefront.