For the last 10 years I have worked diligently to protect our public values, foster change and make a difference in our community. I strongly believe that civic engagement is critical to strengthening our public education system. As you can see from my history I am passionate and committed to working hard for PWCS. I am not a career politician by any means, but, I do believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity of public education and providing a world class education for all students.
At Yorkshire Elementary, a very diverse Title 1 school, I served on the Parent Teacher Organization for 7 years, 3 of those years as their PTO President, as well as on the School Advisory Council, School Counselling Committee and as a parent volunteer. As a team we worked to develop strong relationships with students, families and staff in order to create a safe and enjoyable academic environment where all students are supported academically, emotionally, and culturally. During this time I also worked closely with Marty Nohe, Coles District Supervisor, to create the Yorkshire Civic Association with the goal of bringing together residents, community businesses, schools and local government officials interested in neighborhood improvement.
While at Parkside Middle School, I served as the School Advisory Committee (SAC) Secretary for 4 years and currently as their President for the 2018-2019 academic year. Our goal is to promote communication between PKMS staff and the community in order to work together for instructional program planning purposes and strategic planning. I also participated in the Comprehensive Review of PWCS Special Education Pre-K – Grade 12 programs in 2018 as well as attended the Superintendents Advisory Council on Instruction Best Practices Conference at Ashland Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. At PKMS my children participated in the Cambridge Program, World Language Program, Global Perspectives, the Music Program, Athletics, Special Education Program and their award winning VEX Robotics and Botball Program.
Since Fall 2017, I have served on the Principal’s Advisory Council at Osbourn Park High School. The Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC) involves open chair time where topics and questions can be discussed directly with the Principal. Agenda items are also discussed as part of the school’s strategic plan. As a family we continue to support the OPHS BioTechnology Program, OPHS Music Boosters, OPHS Athletic Boosters and OPHS PTSO. In the Fall 2018, I attended the Superintendent’s Business Breakfast hosted by Dr. Walts. Tonight I an attending the CTE Career Connections Event at the Edward Kelly Center. In the coming weeks, I have been invited to the PWCS 2019 Outstanding Educators Reception at Colgan HS and the PWCS Best Practices Conference at Forest Park High School on February 14th. I am dedicated to learning all aspects of PWCS to better serve our community.
You can look forward to my continued work PWCS, the best is yet to come……..