I am committed to the success of all students.
I have devoted my entire career to improving educational opportunities for students, with 40 years of experience working in public education, including nearly two decades in the student learning department of the Edmonds School District. This depth of experience has given me an unparalleled understanding of what effective teaching and learning looks like and how to ensure all students can succeed in the classroom.
I’m driven by three primary objectives:
I believe the District needs measurable, student-centered goals and an accountability system to ensure that our limited resources are achieving our goals efficiently and effectively.
I believe the District needs to put processes in place to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, are receiving equitable access to the full range of opportunities available.
I believe District staff need to solicit and meaningfully consider input from all relevant stakeholders — including parents, teachers, students and community members — whenever making decisions that impact those stakeholders.
I am also a parent.
My two children graduated from the Edmonds School District. I have been a band mom, a sports mom, a theater mom, and the mom of an LGBTQ student. I know the disappointment and concern when my child’s learning needs are not being met. I also know the immense joy and pride of seeing my children accomplish amazing success in school and in life.
I want that for all parents. And I know that successful students lead to strong and vibrant communities!
I believe that all School Board decisions should be based on:
Whether the decision relates to safety, finances, facilities, transportation, instruction, teacher development, human resources or anything else, Board members must consider the impact on students, their families and their teachers. And these considerations must take into account students of all backgrounds and all learning needs, including those from different socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
EFFECTIVE PRIORITIZATION OF RESOURCES.
The District must prioritize goals to guide how resources are utilized and spent. Board members should always be aware of their role in the responsible use of taxpayers’ money and make decisions that are cost-effective in supporting students and teachers. Just as in business, school districts need to think about the return on their investment — and the return we are seeking is student success.
Board members should make decisions based on credible data and evidence. It is not enough to know that “all the districts around us” are doing something if we don’t know whether it’s been successful in those districts. It is not enough to know that a publisher or vendor says their instructional materials are effective if their claims aren’t based on credible research. We need to confirm the validity of data before us, seek out evidence from non-biased sources, and continually monitor and evaluate strategies being used in the District against measurable, student-centered goals.