School Board Member, Lakeville (ISD #194)
BACKGROUND - 43-year Lakeville teacher, principal, and school board member, parent of two Lakeville graduates and grandparent of three current students, 43-year Lakeville resident, 30-year member of the Air National Guard; EDUCATION – BS Degree in History and English, Master’s degrees in Educational Administration and Educational Media, 6th year Certificate in Education Administration; EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE – Special Education Advisory Council, Long-Term Facilities Task Force, District Personnel Committee, Gifted Advisory Council, District Shared Leadership Team; COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – Lakeville City Cable TV Commission member, Lakeville Lions’ Club member, past president of the church council - Family of Christ Lutheran Church
One recent highlight in District 194 has been the tremendous support the community has shown in passing three levies that deal with restoring programs, reducing class size, and financing a long-term technology plan. These are positive steps that should increase student achievement. But more needs to be accomplished in that area. My top priority is ensuring student academic success. As one measure, in recent years our performance on the MCA’s has become a concern for me. Within the district, there are pockets of great success, but, generally, there has been a decline in scores. My ideas: First, none of the operating levies that were passed targeted the middle school. Their challenges include finding ways to restore the student-centered team concept, bringing back more academic choices (i.e. foreign languages), and reducing class size. Second, I feel that it is important that we better involve staff and community members to help increase student academic success. Parents are experts in knowing their children’s needs, and teachers are experts in educating children. Emphasizing staff and parent ownership and encouraging ”grass-roots” initiatives to meet each building’s unique needs, I feel, would positively impact academic success. Third, student academic success also depends on student emotional and social success. Although the district has been making strides at the secondary level with student support specialists, the cuts in elementary counselors have definitely impacted our students. As a result, I would like to see more emphasis being placed in the social emotional development areas of our elementary program.
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