I appreciate the opportunity I have had to serve our community these last four years as a member of the District 65 School Board.  I am gratified by the work we have accomplished, but there is still much to be done. Because I believe I can continue to make a difference, I am seeking re-election on April 5th.

I have a proven ability to work hard, to understand the many issues facing our district, and to communicate with families, teachers, staff and fellow board members.  My institutional knowledge, along with my track record of getting things done, will benefit the board, the district, the community and, most important, the students in District 65.    

My Track Record

Over the last four years, I have worked in collaboration to achieve the following milestones: 

• Completion of the strategic plan.

• Initiation of serious discussion of college and career readiness.

• Management of a budget during difficult financial times.

• Development and implementation of an ongoing family, teacher and community survey.

• Implementation of data-driven teacher evaluations.

• Use of a demographic and space-capacity study to better utilize our buildings.

• Focus on sustainability.

As the mother of four children, two of them still in District 65, I have firsthand experience in our schools and a proven track record of responsiveness to constituents. With an MBA from Wharton School of Business, I bring to the Board a deep understanding of budget issues and financial leadership that is crucial in the ongoing struggle to keep our budget balanced and our programs funded with the ever-changing financial constraints placed upon our schools.

My leadership roles include: 

• Chair of the Finance Committee

• Chair of the Policy Committee

• Chair of the Ad Hoc Sustainability/Green Committee

My Vision

My vision for District 65 is one of continued improvement in achievement for all children with a goal toward:

• Implementation of college/career readiness with an understanding of what that means in the early years.

• Continued improvement of coordination between District 65 and D202.

• Increased expectations for our middle-school students.

• Better and consistent use of data to measure achievement, family satisfaction and programs.

• Financial stability in an unstable funding environment.

• Maintenance of our schools and improvements in our facilities.

• Understanding that we must meet each child’s individual needs.

I believe in our district’s mission of “educating each student to succeed in and contribute to our global community by cultivating creativity, compassion and the pursuit of excellence.”  I believe we must work tirelessly to do so, and hope you will join me in supporting this mission. 

Please remember to vote on April 5th, or to vote early, beginning March 14th through March 31st at the Civic Center on Ridge.

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.