My family and I moved to Minneapolis 10 years ago. When we moved here, my husband Travis and I knew we wanted our children to attend public school. We chose Minneapolis Public Schools for its rich diversity, variety of programs, focus on arts and cultural expression, and academics. I want other families to choose Minneapolis Public Schools for those same reasons and more. I expect Minneapolis Public Schools to provide the very best education to all students, regardless of their race, their address, or their socioeconomic status.
I have worked for Minneapolis Public Schools as a Special Education Assistant in a preschool classroom, as a substitute teacher, and for 7+ years as a middle school math teacher. I have also spent time volunteering at my children's schools and with their athletic teams.
My experience as a recent MPS teacher and my views as a parent and community member allow me to see MPS through various lenses. I made the difficult decision to resign from my teaching position due to unsustainable demands placed on myself and other educators. I want to see change in MPS, where we prioritize the health and education of the whole child, where we prioritize the well-being of our educators. I have taught during the pandemic, have felt the struggle from a lack of support for my classroom, but have also experienced successes in MPS with students in my classroom and my own children. These successes, such as learning new skills, working together, challenging inequities, bring us closer together as we are learning and growing. We can work together with district leadership and community for a stronger MPS.
A school board member is a representative of the community and someone who will advocate for students, families and educators. I will gather your stories and experiences and represent you, your hopes and dreams, and your concerns. I will encourage student-centered decision making, while working with district leadership, other school board members and community for what is best for all our students. I hope I can count on you to partner with me in this time of adjustment and change. I am excited to meet you and hear your stories so I can learn how to best serve my community.