4 YR TERM. A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work. Principal duties include appointing and/or dismissing superintendents, principals and teachers; levying school taxes; purchasing land; locating new buildings; adopting textbooks and courses of study; fixing salaries of teachers and other appointees of the Board.
4 years Neshaminy School Board Director
4 years Bucks County Technical High School Board
12 years public school educator
15 years accounting, budgeting and auditing
PA Deparment of Ed. Certification
Associate's Degree - English
Bachelor's Degree - Business/Accounting
Master's Degree - Education
Originally I became active in Neshaminy School Board meetings when the former board threatened to cut student programs, specifically the swimming pools. These cuts were being made to make up for a shortfall and expensive teacher contract. I began attending and speaking regularly on the behalf of younger students that had no voice. Ultimately, the board did not cut these programs from the budget. During my term I have been a voice for students, parents and staff to improve the programming, climate and safety of our schools. Currently, I am working with the Ed Development team to add programs and staff to address learning loss due to Pandemic closure of schools in 2020. I fought to keep a low enrollment program open at Bucks County Technical High School. This program is presently running at normal enrollment. Finally, I addressed safety by partnering our district with the police department to provide a School Resource Officer in Lower Southampton Township Schools.
A strong conviction for public education and a strong commitment to public involvement make me the ideal candidate for Neshaminy School Board Director. During my tenure I had outstanding attendance and dedication to the position. I possess the courage to stand up for the Neshaminy Community during difficult decision making. Being an insatiable learner, I am constantly attending professional development and possess an understanding of new strategies and approaches that will strengthen our district. My decision making is data driven, fair and consistent for the benefit of the students, staff and taxpayers of the Neshaminy Community. I possess the ability to manage the collective bargaining groups without bias.
Cultivating diversity, equity and inclusion is at the forefront of our comprehensive plan. Neshaminy has a strong foundation of promoting diversity, building inclusion and educational equity in every classroom. As an active participant and current Chairperson of the Educational Development Committee at Neshaminy, I assisted in the development of our upcoming comprehensive plan which solidifies training and practices of a fair and balanced education for all students.
Both Neshaminy School Board and Bucks County Technical High School have had comprehensive health and safety plans in place to keep schools open, and students and staff safe. Being on the board during the pandemic was difficult to maneuver. However, decisions were made based on science and data locally, not nationally. This pandemic is a fluid situation and health and safety plans should change to reflect the current number of cases in our direct communities. Districts should make every attempt to keep students in school while mitigating the spread of the virus. I support safely keeping schools, sports and arts programs open for students.
My work experience as a therapist and supervisor has been in foster care and outpatient therapy with children, teens, and adults for mental health and substance abuse.
I earned my Bachelor's in psychology from Beaver College and a Master's degree in social work from Widener University.
I am running for the Neshaminy School Board because I am a parent who is committed to making a difference in all our children's lives. I am committed to supporting our teachers and students for a quality education. I support contract negotiations with Neshaminy teachers and I will only vote for initiatives that will not cause financial strain or interfere with our Neshaminy Public School Resources.
I believe every child is unique with their own educational and emotional needs. What works for each family also varies. This pandemic has brought this issue out for many families. As the mother of children who range in age from all grade levels, I understand the frustration of not having a choice that meets a child's and their family's needs. As a school board member, it will be my mission to ensure parents have options and students' needs are being met.
My social work perspective and experience gives me a unique view of people in their environments and has trained me to see the larger picture as well as the fine details. I know how to be an advocate as well as a mediator in order to problem solve and get things done. I also have a vested interested in the schools as a parent of children in the district.
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