Pat-Savage Williams, a psychologist with 35 years of experience in educational settings, officially began her campaign for the District 202 School Board on Jan. 27. Despite the freezing rain and dismal forecast, supporters of Ms. Savage-Williams – including current District 202 Board members Rachel Hayman and Martha Burns and retired Board member Mary Wilkerson– attended the event in the Snug at the Celtic Knot.
“I am grateful to be a part of this community,” said Ms. Savage-Williams, who has lived here for 33 years and whose two daughters are graduates of Evanston Township High School. She served as a school psychologist at School District 65 for 25 years.
“As an educator, I understand how schools work,” she said. “I have been in more classrooms than most people have.” She said she knows how to be a good listener and “how to present my perspective [to a group so we] can solve problems together.
“I’m not afraid to have a difficult conversation,” said Ms. Savage-Williams., “and move that difficult conversation to a productive place.” She continued, “The high school is the most important organization in Evanston, because we see 3,000 kids every year. … Those four years [of high school] go by so fast; we have to pay close attention to each student.”
Ms. Burns said, “Being a Board member is a very fulfilling job and a very frustrating job,” she said. She added that she believed Ms. Savage-Williams would “find her voice” on the Board.
Ms. Hayman said, “Pat is the right person for the Board at this time. She knows our community. She knows ETHS. She loves ETHS.”
There are eight candidates for the four open positions on the District 202 Board. The election is April 9.