If I am going to serve the public and make responsible budget decisions, it is imperative that I get out to as many places as possible and understand the infrastructure. I want to hit the ground running, once elected in November, by grasping everything I can so my learning curve is low. Being a teacher in the trenches affords me understanding that none of my competitors can say they have. If elected, I will be the very first current teacher to serve on the Board.
Yet, I have still learned a lot.
Here is a list of what I have been doing:
1) I have gone to every Board meeting since December, except two, and have a great picture of how things work and how I can get things done.
2) I am the only person of the current Board members in the last three years, that I am aware of, to visit and tour Nutritional Services. I am putting the finishing touches on my article that will come out in Reno Moms Blog. Stay tuned!
3) I have written an OpEd piece, which shows my balanced understanding of what educators and support staff are required to do under the legal mandate of "in loco parentis." As a parent, I understand frustrations with the district. What I offer is a balanced approach and I will consistently and faithfully communicate with the community.
4) I have appeared on numerous radio shows, and will continue find ways of connecting with the media to spread the word about why knowing what district you are in is important for our community and why I need to be on the Board.
5) I have walked and knocked on doors and created a social media presence to spread information that outshines any of my competitors. I use my social media to educate and empower all voters from every district, not just those in District D.
6) I have made public and private calls for debates with those running in District D. I have no fear in showing that I am clearly the best candidate and how my presence on the Board is a must for the next four years.
7) I have toured many school facilities and listened to those who care about positive change in our community and education. These are real people who want someone who is authentic and transparent to serve our district and make it the best it can be. I am not a person who comes from family connections and money. I can speak with credibility as a working mother and teacher of our youth. I want to teach my small group of WCSD students and serve all students in the district at the same time. My position is unique and will give me the opportunity to do both.
8) I gave a very energized and passionate speech at the Washoe County Democratic Convention, where I honored empowered students taking part in our wonderful primary opportunities. I met many people in my district who pledged their support and educated everyone with whom I came into contact about what Trustee district they were in for voting purposes. I am so looking forward to the challenge of the primary on June 14th.
9) I have shown that my life experience as an actual working, single-mom--who has survived Cancer twice, still managed to serve community non-profits, and put myself through school--causes me to have the perseverance to succeed on a school board that needs endurance to make decisions in the face of many issues, including public opinion. The job is clearly not easy, and I have what it takes to make sensible decisions in the face of such a big undertaking.
The Board needs a servant who is independent, mature, strong, logical, pragmatic and a critical thinker, so that it can become an entity of which the community can be proud. I strive to be a truly unselfish person from the trenches, and am needed for the future of our students and community.
I am always open to dialogue and will be truthful about where I stand on all issues. Go to my Facebook page, click like and spread the word!
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