Hola, soy Lori Norvell. Soy madre de un estudiante que atiende las Escuela Públicas de Minneapolis y exmaestra de matemáticas, también de las Escuelas Públicas de Minneapolis.
Estoy pidiendo su apoyo y su voto para la Junta Escolar, por el distrito 5.
Estoy comprometida con el futuro de todos nuestros niños y trabajaré incansablemente para abordar las desigualdades históricas y contemporáneas que existen dentro de nuestro sistema escolar, las cuales han afectado de manera desproporcionada a los niños indígenas y de color.
Trabajaré para construir un sistema de Escuelas Públicas sólido, estable y próspero que prepare y equipe a nuestros estudiantes para que sean miembros comprometidos de nuestra sociedad y persigan sus sueños enfocándome en lo siguiente:
- Retener y reclutar familias
- Reclutar y retener educadores y específicamente educadores de color para reflejar la composición de nuestros estudiantes
- Asegurar que nuestras decisiones estén centradas en el estudiante; y
- Escuchar las necesidades y esperanzas de los estudiantes, familias y educadores.
La junta escolar necesita la voz de una ex-maestra, una madre de familia pero sobre todo sus voces.
Estoy pidiendo su apoyo y su voto para la Junta Escolar, por el Distrito 5.
Middle School Math Teacher at Anthony Middle School
Middle School Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Anthony Middle School
Math Specialist at Anthony Middle School
Middle School Math Teacher at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School
Substitute Teacher, MPS and New Orleans, LA
Special Education Assistant, Autism Preschool Classroom, ECFE, Wilder Center
Homeschool Preschool--for my own children
Middle School Math Interventionist, Rochester, NY
High School Math Teacher, Middlesex, VA
High School Math Teacher, Winfield, WV
Parent volunteer, Hale Elementary School, Justice Page Middle School, Field Middle School
Cross Country Booster Volunteer, Washburn High School
Track and Field Booster Volunteer, Washburn High School
Retain & Recruit Staff and Families
Advocate for competitive wages and hiring processes for staff
Continue and collaborate in the work MPS has started with retaining and recruiting educators of color
Consistently provide well-researched, quality curriculum & programs
Advocate for culturally relevant, meaningful professional learning for all staff
Ensure implementation of culturally relevant curriculum for all students
Listen to needs of students, families, and staff and advise district leadership on action to meet these needs
Repair Relationships and Rebuild Trust
I pledge to work to understand the school budget so I can better communicate budgetary decisions to the community
Practice continuous improvement and sustainable accountability within our system by continually addressing gaps and issues while providing space for feedback
Demonstrate transparency through clear communication with district leadership and community members
Improve on a culture of collaboration with board members district leadership, union leadership, educators, students, and families
Increased access to your board member--I want to hear what your needs are!
Reclaim Our Success as a District
Encourage greater stability in our programs, curriculum and staffing
Careful research in advance of making decisions and allowing time for feedback
Increase effective use of existing resources, expertise within MPS, and community partnerships
Advocate for holistic education--celebrating student achievement in all areas
Provide ethical leadership in our district
Ensure all schools are inclusive and safe learning environments for all students
MFT 59/ESP Chapters endorse Lori Norvell for School Board
Minneapolis DFL endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Minnesota State Council SEIU endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Stonewall DFL endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
"My entire career as an educator has centered around empowering my students by providing them a safe space in my classroom. All children have the right to be valued for who they are and educated in an inclusive environment that celebrates their individuality. I am honored to be recognized as a candidate for school board who is an ally that lifts up and celebrates our LGBTQ students and staff."
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
2022 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction Awarded to Lori Norvell
While this is not an endorsement, I am honored to be awarded this distinction as a candidate who will continue to educate others about gun violence and prevention as well as working to increase safe practices in schools and prevent practices that harm and traumatize students and staff.
Community Leader Endorsements
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, 5th District, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
State Senator for District 61, Scott Dibble, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
State Rep. for 62B, Aisha Gomez, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
State Rep. & Majority Leader for 63B, Emma Greenman, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Council Member Jason Chavez, Ward 9, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
City Council Member Andrew Johnson, Ward 12, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
City Council Member Emily Koski, Ward 11, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Jeremy Schroeder, former City Council Member, Ward 11, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Minnesota Senate District 63 Candidate, Zaynab Mohamed, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Michael Dueñes, Education & Equity Policy Specialist and former MPS School Board Candidate, At Large Seat, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
Bob Walser, former Director, Minneapolis Board of Education, District 4, endorses Lori Norvell for School Board
The Minneapolis Board of Education needs Lori Norvell. She brings firsthand experience in MPS classrooms working directly with students and families - a perspective no current board member can claim. Having moved to Minnesota from New Orleans, she has first-hand experience of the failures of privatized education being promoted by powerful forces here in Minnesota. Organized, articulate and insightful Lori has the skills needed to help bring back students and families and regain the trust of Minneapolis’ diverse communities. I’m proud to support Lori Norvell for the Minneapolis Board of Education in District 5.
Francisco Segovia, Executive Director, COPAL–Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acciòn Latina
Community Member Endorsements
I’m telling my friends the reason I so immediately support [Lori] is [she] successfully pushed [my child] to do her best and I believe that high standard for performance is a great place to start. – Sally Johnson, parent of MPS student
I'm supporting Lori Norvell in representing District 5 for School Board because I know that she has the skills and know-how necessary to be an effective leader in MPS, and the character to authentically engage with, listen to, and represent all residents of District 5. – Craig Hamilton, MPS Teacher
Lori is an educator who taught math in Minneapolis Public Schools. She is a leader who understands what our students and educators need. –Debra Walsh, MPS Speech Language Pathologist/Educator
I’m supporting Lori in representing District 5 for School Board because I believe it to be important that the governing board of our district includes individuals who actually have classroom experience. – Peter Michaletz, MPS Teacher
I’m supporting Lori in representing District 5 for School Board because MPS needs leadership that supports what is best for students, teachers and families. – Beth Halbach, MPS Teacher and Parent
It is more important than ever that teachers serve as leaders in Minneapolis Public Schools. Lori's commitment to communication, transparency, and rebuilding trust will go far in building a district where all learners thrive and know they belong. – Kristin Bauck
Lori Norvell is well equipped to serve on the MPS Board of Education. She is a former parent and educator; Lori brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Go Lori Norvell! – Teri Ricks, MPS Teacher
She [Lori Norvell] has a plan for improving MPS that will attract families and studnets – Richard Fish, Community Member & DFL Delegate
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.