Crystal Lake CCSD 47 Board
My extensive background in education makes me an excellent candidate for the District 47 Board of Education. I was an elementary teacher for 14 years so I have first hand knowledge as to what happens in our school’s classrooms. I was an elementary school principal for 20 years. This enables me to understand the complex issues that are facing our schools everyday. I have also worked as a college professor teaching graduate level courses for teachers who are pursuing a master’s degree in the teaching of reading so I have extensive knowledge in the area of curriculum. I believe my background in the field of education will provide an additional viewpoint to the business leaders, accountants, and attorneys currently serving on the District 47 Board of Education.
I have served on the D47 Board since 2009, the last two years as board president. In addition, I served on the D47 Board from 1996 until 2002.
I was a classroom teacher for 15 years. I was an administrator in Crystal Lake School District 47 for 18 years. Since that time I was Director of Children’s Ministries at Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake for 6 1/2 years and I have supervised student teachers for Trinity International University since 2002. During the time I worked for District 47 I negotiated with the board, made presentations to the board, and attended school board meetings for many years. My experiences with Trinity have given me opportunities to learn about other school districts in Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties. I taught learning disabled students and the whole continuum through gifted students. As an administrator and a university supervisor I have learned what makes successful educational experiences for students. I have also worked with many parents and understand their desires for quality and appropriate education for their children.
My work experience has included small business owner, sales, park district teacher, and healthy choices speaker. Each job has provided me with a variety of practical experiences and skills that would contribute to the position of School Board Member. Most important is my role as a wife and mother. My husband Brett and I have been married twenty-three years and we are long-time residents of Crystal Lake. We have three children who attend schools in the district; Elementary, Middle and High School. I love to volunteer in my children’s schools. For many years, I have served and continue serving, on the Arts Alive and WEB reading. I am a District 47 Parent Advisory Board Representative, in this role I am a liaison between the parents of Husmann School and the district administration. We meet regularly with the Superintendent, Dr. Mendoza and other Board Members to discuss current issues.
I have served for the past four years on the CCSD 47 Board of Education, and I have served on several other boards over the years. Through these experiences, I have gained insight into the role of a board and importantly, how to be a good board member. The primary function of a Board is providing organizational oversight and transparency into decision making. Accomplishing that function involves creating good working relationships with other board members and with the administrators who answer to the board. That means a good board member listens, asks questions, and provides guidance while avoiding playing the role of a day-to-day administrator.
In addition to my public service, I have worked for 17 years in various roles at IBM. In my business experience, I have managed people, budgets, deadlines, and internal conflict. I know what it takes to motivate people and how to bring people along when making a group decision. In my opinion, this is essential experience for anyone serving on a board, whether in the public or private sector.
I have served 12 years on the Board of Education, which has provided me a great deal of experience with all facets of our district. I have served on the Board during times of exploding enrollment and declining enrollment, during better financial times and extremely difficult financial times. I’ve served on nearly every committee of the Board, and currently am serving on the Curriculum, Technology, Policy, and the Human Resources Committee. Being active on these committees has kept me well informed of the issues facing education today. When my children were attending District 47, I was heavily involved in various parent groups, serving as an officer in Coventry’s PTA, Beardsley’s PTO, and the Crystal Lake Friends of Gifted Education. I have one niece currently attending a D47 school. I understand the concerns of parents and the important role they play in decision making as stakeholders in our district. I am currently serving as President of the Service League, and know firsthand the increasing financial difficulty some residents are facing. My business experience has provided me with a background in finances, budgeting, and personnel issues. I’ve held many leadership positions, and have served as part of many collaborative teams.