Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Riverside-Brookfield Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Pervious Political Experience: None
Previous community involvement: I have lived in North Riverside for 8 years. In that time my family and I have participated in many activities sponsored by the library, recreational center and little league. I continue to be very active in North Riverside Cub Scout Pack 120. I have served as Den Leader, co-Popcorn Chair, and Activity Director. I am a member of the Komarek PTA.
Education: BS of Education from Northern Illinois University, MS of Education from Loyola University Chicago
What got you interested in the functions of the school board?
I have been an educator for 19 years and think having a person on the board with experience and a background in education would provide an interesting perspective.
How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year?
Not as many as I would have liked to attend.
Were there any controversial issues before the school board in that time? What was the board’s decision on those issues? Which of those decisions did you agree or disagree with, or why?
An issue that I know interested many parents involved the possible purchase of an electric sign for Komarek. The board ultimately voted against the sign and as a parent I agreed with that decision.
If elected, what changes would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?
I would like to see the continuation of integrating technology into the existing curriculum.
If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?
This is not a question I can answer based on the fact I think it unwise to go into something with preconceived notions.
What is the most important issue facing the next school board, and what should the solution be?
I believe an important issue facing the board in the coming year will be to secure a teacher contract that is fair to all parties. In addition, finding ways to finance technology that is so badly needed in our schools is important because it can help ensure the students of Komarek receive an education that is directly connected to and relevant to 21st Century standards.