- Position sought: Port Washington-Saukville School Board — Representing Saukville
- Family: Married, one daughter age 12 at Thomas Jefferson
- Education: BS in Criminal Justice from UW-Milwaukee
- Occupation: Education Prevention Specialist at Starting Point of Ozaukee in Grafton
- Related experience: I have worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 7 years.
Why are you running for this office?
I believe in serving the community in which I live. I am passionate about our children's educational experience. The school district's mission is to educate all children to their greatest potential. I want to continue to have a comprehensive array of educational avenues for our students. I want to continue to have highly skilled educators to lead our children to their greatest potential. I will continue to be sensitive to the needs of the taxpayers in order to maintain the fiscally positive status our district has achieved. I believe in working collaboratively with our talented staff members to acheive the highest levels of success for all our students.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
As a school board member, the issue that must take top priority each year is to educate all children to their greatest potential, our district's mission. All the decisions we make in the board room must contribute to the success of each and every child.
What is the biggest problem you see and how will you address it, if elected?
Managing tight budgets are probably one of the biggest challenges school districts face. Schools used to be able to rely on a specific amount of funding per pupil each year. Now we find ourselves trying to make do with what we are given. Because our district has worked as a team, we have overcome these challenges time and time before, which has allowed us to maintain class sizes, keep important programs, and keep vital staff needed to teach those programs.
What is your favorite thing about the school district where you are seeking elected office?
I am very proud of the quality of public education that children in our district receive. Our district operates under a "good to great" mentality, and we are always striving for continued success. It is this type of drive that will result in positive outcomes for our kids, and it is an example for them to live by since we wish for them to be lifelong learners.
What sets you apart from the other candidates, if contested?
I have 6 years of previous experience on the Board of Education. I am proud to have been part of a group of people who have been so child-centered and forward-thinking. It is this combination of characteristics that has allowed us to keep our district is such wonderful financial shape, while providing the very best opportunities for our community's children.