October 4, 2020
School DistrictChippewa Valley Schools
How long have you lived in your district?
On and off for 35 years
Have you received any endorsements?
Yes, Chippewa Valley Employee Coalition, Fems for Dems, Michigan Regional Carpenters and Millwrights, Macomb County Democratic Committee, MEA and Democratic Black Caucus of Macomb Count.
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I am running for Chippewa Valley School Board because I want to make a difference in my community. With the experience I have as both a parent and educational professional I can make a direct impact to our district. I understand the struggles that education professionals face and the same time understanding the difficult decisions parents make. I have the compassion and empathy for parents and teachers who want the best for our children of all abilities. I will work to make Chippewa Valley Schools a district where you will no doubt want to send your children, a district of excellent communication, a district of transparent policies and a model employer of educational professionals in Macomb County.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
To me education justice means that all students have the right to a free and public education and that all students are treated equality. Within my school district this means a deeper look into equality for all of the students enrolled.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
Schools would have plans in place for if another public health crisis takes place.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
Parents, students and families should have have input in the decisions within the school district. This can look like attending board meetings, contacting administration, speaking to the school principal and perusing avenues to express their opinion to the district.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
To increase communication with families, to increase opportunities for our students, and to have an equitable educational experience for all.
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
At the state level my top 3 priorities would be to increase school funding for school districts, re-evaluate the testing that is required, and having an equitable education experience for all.
What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?
The challenge that I anticipate is keeping everyone safe. I believe that my school district should follow the safe start guidelines put out by the state. Also, policies and procedures need to be implemented and tested out before students return to the buildings.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
Top priorities should be paying teaching staff a living wage. This will help to attract new job talent to the district. I would need to look at the budget and data to decide what should not be prioritized.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
They are important for state requirements. All students learn differently and I believe that standardized tests should be further researched in regard to different learning styles.
If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?
I would keep the school districts curriculum the same. I would encourage the administration to keep up to date on the latest in curriculum research to keep our district on the cutting edge.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
Especially with pandemic it is now more important than ever to check in with our staff and students to make sure their mental and emotional needs are being met.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
Discipline issues should be dealt with quickly. Administration should be continually re-evaluating safety measures within the district.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
Having a special needs daughter special education is of top priority to me. Special Education students need to have an equitable education experience within the district.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
There needs to be open dialog with all students at all levels. I truly believe that change and equity will happen with we all come together and start to have those difficult conversations.
Any other information you want to include or share?
I have over 20 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education, including staff development, management, and administration of Early Childhood programs. I have managed education component for programs, planned, budgeted, set priorities, created policies and procedures while working as part of senior management team to meet federal and state grant requirements while meeting organizational objectives. I have a proven ability for ensuring quality of implementation of Early Childhood Education programs. I have an excellent focus on utilizing staff to drive continuous quality improvement and meet professional development objectives.
My degrees include a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rochester College in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Administration, Management and Leadership, an Education Specialist degree in Early Childhood and a Doctorate of Education degree specializing in Early Childhood from Walden University.
I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC), National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), HighScope and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP).