- Position sought: District 113A Board of Education member
- E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 630-243-8627
- Age: 41
- Family: Husband (Paul), daughter (Colette, 13) and son (Joseph, 10) — both of whom are attending District 113A
- Education: Bachelor's degree in communications from College of St. Francis, May 1991
- Occupation: Former sales manager for a professional exhibition and meeting management company, current substitute teacher
- Political party affiliation: Independent
- Previously elected offices: None
- Related experience: Our school district needs people with strong fiscal and managerial experience and good communication skills and the passion to do what is best for children’s education. I have experience understanding complex issues, evaluating alternatives, developing responsible solutions, and engaging and leading others to desired results. In my former job I was responsible for proposals, budgets, billing, floor plan layout, booth design, graphic design and utilized my public relations skills to effectively enact plans.
I am an active and committed volunteer in the school district, community and church. I am currently the PTO President for Old Quarry Middle School, a substitute teacher, a religious education catechist and a member of the School District 113A Educational Foundation fundraising committee.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
I am also concerned with the current public perception of the board. I’d like to be part of a revitalization that restores the public’s faith in the District 113A Board. I am currently involved with several other school functions and I feel that I am ready for a bigger challenge. I also think it’s important to be involved with my children’s academic lives. Being a board member satisfies both those needs.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I would like to see the district become financially solvent. During my term I would focus on keeping spending in line within the confines of expected revenues ensuring that the recently enacted accountability measures are strictly enforced. I would also like to be part of efforts to restore teaching positions and academic programs.
What sets you apart from the other candidates, if contested?
I am a proven leader, trustworthy, responsible, financially astute and very involved in the schools. I have first hand experience with District 113A, both inside as a substitute teacher and outside as a parent and taxpayer.
How long have you lived in Lemont/District 113A?
My family and I moved to Lemont in September of 2002. We were attracted to Lemont due to the sense of community, great schools and involvement of the parents in their children’s activities. As a school board member I will fight to restore the image and confidence in the schools that attracted us to Lemont in the first place.
What's your favorite thing about District 113A?
I really enjoy the time I spend with students and teachers. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the parents. When cuts were made the parents stepped up and formed Warrior Boosters, Band Boosters and the 113A Educational Foundation. PTO has received so much support this year in the form of monetary donations and volunteers. Students, their families and the community have put in a tremendous amount of effort to make the best of a difficult situation.
What is the biggest problem facing District 113A?
Lack of funding is a serious problem, but our district also has a perception problem within the community due to ineffective communication. The parents as well as the entire community need to be kept aware of the decisions being made with regards to their tax dollars and children’s education. The community is asking for our district to be transparent. Steps need to be taken to make this happen. Facts need to be readily available to the community to foster understanding and to combat misinformation and rumor.