Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Office sought: School Board Member
Previous political experience: None
Previous community involvement:
- Current School Board Member
- 2006, CFA institute, Earned Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation
- 1998 – 2001, Kellogg Graduate School Of Management, Evanston, IL, Northwestern University, Master of Business Administration, August 2001, Majors in marketing and finance
- 1991 – 1995 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL, Bachelor of Science, May 1995, Major in finance
Occupation: Vice President at Nuveen Asset Management
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I want to continue to be a School Board Member because I love this community, I love children and I believe it is so important to provide a great education. I have a vested interest in this District as my son goes to first grade at Edison Elementary. I want to give back to my community and believe I can contribute positively with my education and work experience as a 20-year finance and investment professional.
How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year?
I have attended nearly all of the school board meetings in the past year as a School Board member since August 2013.
What is the most important issue facing the next school board, and what should the solution be?
The most important issue for the next school board is to ensure that our curriculum is designed and implemented to ensure our children will succeed in high school and college. We need to see improvement in our test scores. I believe the solution should be making data driven decisions on what is working and what is not working.
If elected, what changes would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?
We have great administrators and great teachers in our district. I would like to accomplish data driven action to improve our test scores throughout the District. Currently, I am helping to create a Dashboard for the Board to make data driven decisions in several areas, including Academics and Finance. In addition, it is critically important to be wise stewards of taxpayer dollars, using those dollars most effectively for student learning and maintaining a balanced budget.
If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?
I would most strongly resist increasing class size in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes. These are crucial ages where smaller class sizes are most important.
What other issues facing the school district are of interest to you? Why?
There are several issues facing the school district in addition to improving test scores and effectively using tax payer dollars. I believe it is important to offer our students a variety of extracurricular activities to engage and build self-esteem. Extracurricular activities also have the benefit of bringing our community together in a positive way. Other areas of interest to me are embracing early education and engaging families through communication and involvement.