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Guest opinion: Why I’m running

POSTED March 29, 2017 10:12 a.m.

On Tuesday, the voters of Wisconsin and Platteville have an important decision to make in the future of education in our state.

From the State Superintendent race to our local school board race, the issue of public education continues to be a hot issue with the most recent decisions at the federal level as well as projected funding allocations at the state level.

Public education is, in my opinion, the foundation of a community. The benefits of our local schools go beyond just the student. As a parent and believer in the impact that public education overall and our district has on our young people, I decided to run for school board to be an advocate for and to continue to support public education. With the recent political climate, I want to work to support our teachers and boost morale in a time where many educators feel demoralized. With declining enrollment, I look forward to the opportunity to work with our board and community stakeholders to evaluate and assess our budget to identify solutions with the input of our community. I hope to increase communication between the School Board and stakeholders in the community to be able to make solid decisions about our school district and its mission to best serve our students.

In my job I have extensive experience and training in many areas that are transferable skills that I feel I can offer the School Board. I work in a collaborative team that oversees a budget of nearly $15 million and feel I can bring some insight into managing and assessing budgets. I also oversee facilities operations for 12 residential facilities for college students, interact with many different constituencies and groups, manage conflict resolution, and work in a team atmosphere to best serve our mission at the university for our students.

Our district is phenomenal, with great students, great teachers, great parents, and a supportive community. I’m excited about the possible opportunity to serve our school district and the people of Platteville.

There has been a lot of talk lately about public education in the news. We know the new U.S. secretary of education does not have any experience at any level with public education. It's easy for those of us who are proponents of public schools to be concerned for what is next. I don't know what the new administration will bring or try to implement, but I do know that I have the utmost faith in the public education system to advocate and show the world why the public school experience is the best for students.

I'm a product of public schools, from elementary through college. Growing up in Madison, I was fortunate to be part of an amazing and diverse school district. I appreciated the opportunity to be in classrooms with individuals from different cultures, abilities, socioeconomic statuses, religions, and ideological beliefs. The teachers I had at all levels of education challenged me academically and socially. I would not be the person I am today without the support and encouragement from some of the high school educators and administrators who gave me the opportunity to be a student leader and to be a force for change. To this day, I still communicate with and cherish relationships with my former teachers.

In college I continued to find connections with educators and administrators who focused on students and who had a passion for the development of young adults. I found my passion for my current profession as a result of mentors I had in college and hope that I, in some way, am doing the same for students today.

Public education is, in my opinion, the foundation of a community. The benefits of our local schools go beyond just the student. No school or district is perfect, and there is always room for improvement.

I am proud to be where I am today because of my public school background. I'm honored to send my children to public schools here in Platteville and I will never stop fighting for what I believe in on behalf of public education.

There may be uncertainty at the federal level, but that's where it ends. We know, as members of our community, that we have a solid foundation of educators, facilities, and community members that know our public schools are tremendous places for learning, growth, and life experiences.

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