Harrison School District 36 Board
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Since graduating from Illinois State University, I have held various professional positions. I started out of college working in public accounting at a downstate accounting firm as an accountant until moving to the area in 2001. Where I worked for a local construction company in their accounting department. In 2006, I switched careers to construction management with the same company and hold that position still today. From these years of professional experience I have gained knowledge and life experiences of how successful companies operate and how they constantly plan for the challenges of the future.
For eleven years I was a stay at home mom raising four children. During this time our family had to learn to be very conscious of our financing in order for me to be at home. As my children got older I became involved in their school by volunteering on the PTO and in the classroom. I started out by helping at events, and eventually became a chairperson for some of our fundraisers. Four years ago I was voted in as PTO treasurer and feel I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people. Working with others is not always an easy task, you have many different opinion but we always talked things out and worked together to come to a common goal.
I bring over fourteen years experience in management with a mix of the retail market and serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps. In both venues I worked with diverse groups of individuals to problem solve and compromise during decision making looking at all sides of a problem or opportunity before making any decisions. More importantly than any business experience however is that I value the opinions and ideas of the community I live in and will consider and respect them in every aspect of the decision making process that affects them either as parents, staff members and/or tax payers.
I have been on the Board of Education in District 36 for approximately five years and I feel I have gained quite a lot of experiences in various areas. I have been on the teachers’ contract negotiating team, facilities committee, curriculum committee and a part of the strategic planning process. I was also part of the Superintendent search committee before I was a board member. As a school board member I have been to professional development seminars in the areas of school finance and curriculum. I am also active in the community by serving on the Wonder Lake boys’ baseball board and the Cub Scouts.