Why is this important? Because a highly functional school board puts KIDS FIRST. I‘m in the best position to help lead our school board back in that direction. Even with a disfunctional board, I have been able to move the ball forward for kids. I have passed policy such as our Student Advisor position, and moving these conversations around school discipline. I stood up to our board leadership when they put politics before kids and won, alongside some amazing students. I have been performing well enough as a board member that Marion County chose me to represent all school boards and our entire region on the state level. I will use my experience, vision, and Integrity to make the Salem-Keizer school board a highly functioning board.
In my years of experience, I have proven success in working across the aisle to put kids first.To lead our school board into this new chapter, we need leadership that has the experience and a proven track record of success. If re-elected, I will have the 2nd most experience behind Marty Heyen, I am the most qualified candidate in this race, and I am the only candidate not endorsed by special interest groups.
We need formal and measurable Board Goals so that we can hold the School Board and Superintendent accountable In a systemic way. We need to be unified as a board behind this one vision, speak to the district with one voice, and I have the training and experience to help us get there.
We need to put kids first, keep politics out of the board room, and have a board that is active and engaged in our community. I have proven that I can do this, and will do my best to promote a healthy and positive culture.
I’m focused on doing the work. I have a proven record, I have the knowledge of how the systems work, and I have the experience with proven success to continue my work in ensuring that our systems TRULY serve kids using an equity lense. If you ever listen to our board reports, it is clear that I spend almost every waking moment fighting for kids in our district. To be honest it’s hard having all my hard work on the line like this, but i’m going to keep my head down and keep doing the work. Here are a few big issues I plan to tackle:
Getting kids back to school safely
Student Resource Officers (SRO’s)
Career and Technical Educaiton (CTE)
Re-Imagining School Discipline
Tackle opportunity gaps head-on
District-Wide Dual Language program
Teaching True history
Mental Health support
School board orientation
Are there other issues you want me to take on? Contact me, we are all in this together!
I have been hyper-engaged in our community, volunteering in our schools, building relationships, and doing the work. Here’s what my engagement brings:
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