Woodstock School District 200 Board
I am the product of an environment emphasizing academic achievement, and my goal is to provide the opportunity for every child to achieve his potential. My family members include highly regarded college professors and teachers, as well as professionals.
While living in Woodstock, I have served in leadership positions including presidents of the McHenry County Bar Association and the Woodstock Morning Rotary Club. My education views were formed by attending school through college at the University of Illinois and law school at University of Wisconsin. I was a paralegal studies instructor at the College of Lake County for several years. Prior to attending law school, I volunteered for a literacy program and I observed school boards as a newspaper reporter.
My career as an attorney places me in direct contact with the struggles Woodstock residents endure with paying their bills amid rising expenses and stagnant incomes.
As a parent and occasional volunteer, I have also observed many of the struggles the schools face.
I have lived in the Woodstock area since 1987, and was raised and educated primarily in McHenry County. I am currently a member of the District 200 School Board, and have been for the last 8 years. I also own my own law practice in Woodstock since 1992. All of this means that I am very knowledgeable in the economic needs and resources of the school district and the tax payers, and what it takes to continue to provide a quality education that will benefit the students of the District and enhance the value of our community. I do not need time to learn how to manage the resources of the District; I have already done that. With me, the voters have a candidate who is knowledgeable, financially responsible and resourceful, and who has already been part of the planning to address upcoming and long term issues facing the District.
I have served on the Woodstock CUSD #200 Board of Education for a total of 12 years and feel that I have good knowledge of the District. Also, I live and work in the Community and have for over 30 years. All of my children and most of my grandchildren attend(ed) District #200 schools which means I have a stake in the District and its success.
I have served on the D200 Board of Education for the past 12 years. I know this district and community very well. In addition to serving on the board, I am a parent and also a classroom teacher in a neighboring district. I have the unique perspective of seeing education from a variety of viewpoints.
My experience comes from two different perspectives. As a technology consultant I have spent many years working with grade school and higher education clients both in North America and abroad aiding my clients in advancing the needs of their students. This work has involved the augmentation of the curriculum with technologies. I also have extensive Board experience within corporate and not-for-profit organizations so I have the tools necessary to think strategically while understanding the future impacts.
Most important is my ongoing commitment to youth development. In the twenty years that I have lived in Woodstock I have been very active in a number of youth organizations, both civic and religious. I believe strongly in developing the next generation of leaders and helping them to have the tools necessary to be thoughtful and caring members of our society.
I have served on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Boundary Realignment Review Committee for the district. I have two children that attend school in the district and have volunteered at many PTO events, school dances, and fundraisers.