I plan to use my background in public health, advocacy and community-building to make sure that the Shaker Heights City Schools are doing the right things in the right way.
I believe in the power of community, and that is one of the main reasons why my family and I chose to live here. We are all better for committing ourselves to being inclusive and recognizing the many voices that comprise Shaker. As a result of my experiences as both a researcher and a community advocate in Chinle, Arizona and Boston, Massachusetts, I am well-versed in the work that it takes in engaging different constituencies, developing a focused plan and using resources carefully in order to make change. I know that I can apply these skills to strengthening our community even more.
At the same time, I also believe in the importance of accountability. My background in public health, which focuses on analyzing the effects of initiatives on the group that is targeted, has given me a unique lens with which to view our school system. I intend to be vigilant and to ask hard questions with the intention of upholding the mission of our schools. It is my job to make sure that the central administration is accountable for timely and thoughtful discussions, respectful and productive communication between stakeholders, long-range planning that involves relevant stakeholders, and decision-making that puts students first.
Furthermore, our schools need to be fiscally responsible. Our tax dollars must be spent in ways that translate to effective and productive education endeavors.
Finally, I believe every child should have access to an excellent education. If we build up our community and stay accountable to our mission, we will continue to provide the wide range of opportunities necessary so that each and every child can thrive.