"I will be a champion of fully funding and advocating for more funds for MPS at the state level. We need to stop the outflow of students from our schools and to achieve this I will focus on reaching out to the community to build strong ties and renew trust in our school district. I will lead by listening, improving engagement and decision-making so that students, families, and educators are at the center."
Learn more at Fathia for School Board.
KerryJo is an MPS bonus mom of two children. One goes to Franklin Middle and the other goes to North High School. She hands down understands needing options! She knows the district belongs to its parents and students and has no problem reminding anyone. She will work hard to lift your voice in creating solutions that address local disparities. A longtime convener of parents, students, grassroots community groups, unions, and MPS faculty and administrators – KerryJo possesses the experience and know-how to navigate systems and inspire them to work harder for Minneapolis kids and she has done just that and is excited to do more.
Learn more at Kerry Jo Felder for School Board
Collin has been a public schools educator for 19 years. Born into a family of educators, he is passionate about public education.
Collin became a special education teacher to change lives. His current position includes special education teacher and equity lead at 'Transition Plus Services' in Minneapolis Public Schools. He has worked at T-Plus for the last seven years and has worked as an educator, coach, and activity coordinator for 19 of the past 25 years. Transition Plus is a school for special education students ages 18-21. Collin is passionate about Project Based Learning, social emotional learning, equity, and restorative practices and believes that relationships are vital to education.
Learn more on his website:Collin Beachy 4 School Board
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