Bachelor of Arts (BA), Elementary Education, Loyola College in Maryland, (now Loyola University) (2002)
Master of Education (MEd) (Special Education focus), Loyola College in Maryland (2005)
I bring unique expertise and perspective to the Board, having been a public school elementary and special education teacher for over a decade in MD & PA. With 2 children attending LASD schools, I’m invested in our District’s success, evidenced by my volunteer service as PSA fundraising coordinator.
The School Board has a responsibility to meet the educational needs of every student in the District by building a productive, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, staff, and teachers, while being fiscally responsible and accountable to the communities in the LASD. To meet these goals, the School Board should evaluate and embrace innovative, best practice curricula and expand available curricular and extra-curricular programs that propel the District forward. The District’s “Excellence in Equity” strategic plan is a solid foundation upon which to build our future together, a future that uses each and every dollar effectively, efficiently, and responsibly to optimize the District in a challenging financial environment.
Indiana University, BA; Stanford University, MA
Bilingual aide in local public schools where I worked on behalf of English Learner students and their families, teachers, and school administration. Board member, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA. Volunteer for high school and club swim teams. Parent of two recent LASD graduates.
Throughout the challenges of the past year, LASD teachers and administration have demonstrated their steadfast commitment to their students. That commitment should continue as our schools recover from the pandemic and teachers work to assess academic needs and remediate as necessary. The focus, as always, should be on ALL students and ensuring equal access to the high quality educational and extracurricular experience our district provides. Further narrowing the budget deficit is another important priority. This will require engagement on top priorities for the district.
Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University
I am a current school board member
and serve on the CSIU Board, Equity & Inclusion & Act 93 Compensation committees. I attended LAHS for 1.5 years & am a 22 year community member. I have deep family roots in the area. My husband Ryan & I have 2 children in district - Classes of '15 and '21.
School districts everywhere must focus on re-centering their educational priorities after a pandemic. For Lewisburg, this includes:
Continuing/expanding efforts to provide the best education for each child by meeting each where they are; Enabling teachers & staff to create opportunities for students to engage in active learning while providing space for them ask questions about the world and their places in it; Supporting intellectual and artistic growth, career exploration and robust, award-winning athletics; Recognizing that budgets will be stretched post-pandemic and must be thoughtfully fine-tuned w the focus on spending smart while supporting a K-12 education that best prepares our children for the world they'll enter upon graduation.
Bachelors of Psychology, Lycoming College.
I am a mother of 2 current and one soon to be Lewisburg student.
I have over 10 years experience working within State regulations while supporting adults with disabilities.
I have background in overseeing and budgeting State funds for Home and Community Based Services.
A top priority is always providing better support to the children and families supported through special education.
I believe continuing to support teachers and families with ongoing education challenges and gaps caused by COVIDs disruptions to standard education.
Making fiscally responsible decisions to maintain low property tax growth. This includes oversight on spending of any remaining COVID relief funds.
- J.D., Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy.
- Member of the California Bar
- 5 years of service as LASD School Director.
- Legal background.
- Small business owner.
- Connected with school children in the community.
Keeping taxes low. Even if the pandemic is not the central concern of our K-12 education, the financial fallout from it will go on for years. Families in our community will be hurting and every dollar will count. Low taxes give those families time to recover from the pandemic. Additionally, in the years to come, this will make our community more welcoming and diverse.
High School Education
I have been serving on the School Board for 28 years. I wanted to give back to the Students and the Community for my positive experiences I had attending schools in the Lewisburg District while growing up in Lewisburg. My deceased husband, myself, and my four children are graduates of Lewisburg.
A priority is to get all of our children back in school. Children learn more effectively physically in school for various reasons. One reason is they interact more effectively in the classroom. Another reason they need to be socially involved with their peers. Also they need the extra-curricular activities our District offers to our students. At the same time, we need to keep our staff, administration, and students safe from any virus, or any dangerous situation.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, DeSales University
Currently serving on School Board (4 years) and serves on the district’s Act 93 Compensation Plan, Green Dragon Foundation Gift Review, Contract Negotiating, and Education committees; 31-year nursing and management career; Currently manages a staff of 15 health care professionals.
Recovering from the impact of the pandemic will take time. Our priorities must include assessing and remediating the impact on student progress caused by the past year’s disruption; recovering from the financial burden caused by the pandemic (e.g., the costs of public health regulatory compliance and the over $1 million cost of charter school tuition paid by the district); and, addressing the on-going budgetary concerns that existed prior to the pandemic. Last year, we were able to avoid a tax increase. However, growing budgetary pressures remain. Given that the overwhelming majority of revenue comes from our local taxpayers, it is critical that the district remain fiscally responsible while providing a quality education to our students.