Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.

 

Age: 49

Office sought: District 102 School Board Member

Previous political experience:  Currently member of District 102 School Board

Previous community involvement: 

  • Prior to serving on the school board, I was a member of District 102’s Financial Advisory Committee
  • I participate in several other local civic groups & programs, including coaching various sports teams, participating in the YMCA Indian Princess Program, etc.

 

Education: 

  • BS in Finance – University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  • Masters in Finance & Organizational Behavior – Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management

 

Occupation: 

  • President, National Education Servicing, LLC, a higher education finance company

 

Why do you want to be a school board member?

  • I wish to serve for one more term for a number of reasons, including the following: i) to ensure that District 102 continues to offer high quality learning programs that result in measurable growth for all students; ii) to see the district through the financial challenges it faces; iii) to continue to improve all aspects of communication within the district; and iv) to help the new superintendent with his transition and ultimate success. 

 

How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year?

  • As a sitting school board member, I have attended all of the meetings in the past year.  I believe in my 3½ years on the board I have missed two meetings.

 

What is the most important issue facing the next school board, and what should the solution be?

  • The most important issue facing the board is its ability to support the excellent programs currently offered as it reaches a point where it can no longer afford these programs.  The first part of the solution is to improve communication channels so all community members have a full understanding of the value of the schools – whether they have children attending the schools or not.  Once this is done, the district will likely need to ask the voters, through a referendum, to increase the tax rate in order to continue to provide these excellent programs.

  

If elected, what changes would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term? 

  • There are four specific goals I would like to see accomplished in the next four years:
    • Continue to offer high quality learning programs that result in measurable growth for all students;
    • See the district through the financial challenges it faces;
    • Continue to improve all aspects of communication within the district; and
    • Help the new superintendent, who begins July 1, 2015, with his transition and ultimate success in leading our district.

 

If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?

  • The one change I would strongly resist is a reduction in funding that would diminish the quality of education provided by the district.  Aside from that, I don’t feel the district should be resistant to change.  In order to achieve continued success, our teachers, parents, and children will need to embrace the changes in the way we teach and learn.

 

What other issues facing the school district are of interest to you? Why?

My main interest is seeing all students achieve their growth potential.  During my time on the board I have been fascinated by and engaged in improving the many moving parts that make up a public school district.  I feel that my input as a board member has helped drive some of the improvement. 

District 102 offers robust learning opportunities and has a fabulous group of teachers, para-educators and administrators.  I moved to this district nearly 20 years ago so my children could benefit from the public education provided here, which they certainly have.  I want families to continue to move here for that reason long after I have moved away.