Why I am running for District 65 School Board

My family chose to settle in Evanston for the same reason that my husband’s family chose it 40 years ago – the excellent schools and diverse community. Here our children have teachers with high academic expectations. This is very important because the competition our children will face in college and in their careers is greater than ever. I want our schools to prepare all of Evanston’s children to meet these challenges – to have the skills and creativity to compete with students in Indiana and California, India and China.

I want to ensure that we prepare all of our children for success in high school and college. We should benchmark ourselves against the best schools and use meaningful measures to evaluate our progress toward this goal. We should also benchmark our spending against districts that get the highest achievement for their taxpayers’ investment.

As a volunteer and a parent with three children in the schools, I have first hand, current knowledge of our schools. I currently serve as a PTA president and I understand the competing demands on children, families, and teachers. I will be a strong advocate of solutions that work for all.

I believe great teachers are our district’s most valuable assets. We need to do everything we can to ensure that all of our children are taught by highly qualified and motivated teachers. Most teachers are passionate about their jobs and about providing the best education possible. As a math teacher, I have taught a wide variety of students and I know the challenges teachers face serving a diverse community and maintaining high standards for all children. I know how important good training and collaboration with colleagues are when learning to serve children in new ways, such as through inclusion and differentiation. On the school board I will work to ensure that we provide teachers the tools they need to help all of our children succeed.

The school board should act as a liaison between the community and the administration. Transparency and clear communication are crucial in creating an atmosphere of trust between parents and the district. I see the function of the school board like that of a good teacher, setting high expectations, helping to achieve them and ensuring accountability. As a school board member, I intend to continuously educate myself on the issues and persistently ask good questions so we can do our best for all of Evanston’s children.

The RoundTable invited each of the candidates for the District 65 School Board to submit a statement explaining in their own words why residents of the District should vote for them. Their personal statements, in reverse alphabetical order, are on this and the following page. For additional information concerning the candidates, check out the candidate profiles, the articles and the supporting letters in the Election Section of the RoundTable’s online paper at www.evanstonroundtable.com. A link to video interviews of the candidates is also available on the RoundTable’s on line site. Early voting is March 14-31. The election is on April 5.