I am a wife, mother of two Edwardsville High School (EHS) graduates, former EHS Band Booster Treasurer, and career educator. Because of the nature of my husband’s career, I have varied educational and teaching experiences. After earning a BA in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education, I seized opportunities to teach middle school math in Texas public schools, Panama – Department of Defense Dependent Schools, and a New Jersey private Christian academy. While in Germany serving as a high school math teacher at Ramstein Air Base, I was able to earn a MEd in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum Development. Our family returned to the states after my husband’s military retirement, and I had an exciting opportunity to work in a CTE focused alternative education program in Oklahoma. Seven years ago, our family made what we hope will be our last move and relocated to Edwardsville.
This is the first time in my career when I haven’t served as an educator in the community where I live. This happened for a few reasons, but mostly, I think it was for our children. They both have expressed a certain amount of relief their mom was never their math teacher. Currently, I serve a Metro East district as their Chief Academic Officer. In this role, I report to the Superintendent and work directly with curriculum, Special Education and ELL/Bilingual Education departments, Data and Assessment, pilots and grants, and, in the absence of a Chief Financial Officer, a cabinet liaison to the finance department.
It is important to share why my family chose Edwardsville and not one of the surrounding communities. The schools sold us! After speaking with other districts and going on school site visits prior to our move, it was clear Edwardsville schools would provide our children with the best educational and extra-curricular exposures. Now that our family has been here for seven years, we can say they made the best decision for our kids. From the band program to Interact and medieval history to sociology to computer courses, our children made connections with teachers and found their niche to develop their passions. And while we have only had interactions with middle and high school, it is because of the solid foundation set by Edwardsville elementary teachers our children were able to join a strong and flourishing secondary system.
My hope, by becoming a school board member, is to support the district and the community. I am excited about the chance to collaborate with fellow community members to support the educational vision of the district as an extension of the community and not be afraid to challenge it when growth opportunities arise.
I hope you will support me in this bid to be a District 7 School Board Member.