Passionate  about our schools and the opportunities they offer to our young people.

Prepared with a strong knowledge of education policy and finance, and experience to make positive change.

Persistent advocate for improving our schools and inclusive, welcoming environments for all.

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Rochester Public Schools are woven into the fabric of our local community and identity. In everything I do, I strive to understand the unique needs of every student, educator, and family and to advocate for the best outcomes for all. I believe in the power of having tough, empathetic conversations with students, families, educators, and lawmakers to make sure all voices are at the table as we create spaces for kids to learn and thrive.

I have seen firsthand the power of education, community, and collaboration in Rochester. I am the proud parent of two Rochester Public School graduates, I spent many years as a community volunteer in our schools, and advocated for education resources for a decade before my first school board term. It has been an honor to serve on the Rochester Public School Board over the last four years and to help our community navigate the complex challenges we have faced together during that time.

I am running for my second term in Seat 6 to continue the work I have diligently dedicated myself to: using my voice to champion the needs of all students and to respect and support educators, and using my vote to back up my words with actions and resources for long term student success. Parents and educators don’t need to be policy experts - I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my experience as a healthcare policy advisor to dig into research, listen to all impacted groups, lead productive conversations with lawmakers, and build bridges between competing needs.

Going into the August 9 primary election, there are lots of challenges facing our students, educators, and families. From student mental health to graduation readiness, I am dedicated to collaborating with the community with a focus on:

  • Transparency: I promise to continue sharing information with the public at every step of the school board decision-making process. I am committed to listening to all, extending grace and respect, and assuming positive intent in all tough conversations.

  • Accountability: Whether implementing the Strategic Plan, creating the budget, or deciding school start times, I will always ensure board actions are based on detailed data and credible information. It is vital to know if our efforts are working, on-budget, and on-time; I will require our plans include objectives, criteria, and timelines.

  • Equity: Each student has a unique path to collect the knowledge and skills to be successful. From Pre-K to high school graduation, all kids deserve to be treated with respect and empathy. I rededicate myself to ensuring our students and staff have the resources they need to center inclusion and belonging in our educational spaces.

  • Responsibility: The School Board is responsible for approving an annual budget that adequately supports all of our priorities. Funding for teachers, buildings, and resources are vital investments in the futures of our young people, and I will advocate for additional funding to support our plans while monitoring expenditures to provide oversight.

  • Well-being: We all want the best for our kids and our community, especially as we navigate challenging circumstances for students’ and educators’ mental health, school safety, and welcoming learning environments. I will always persistently advocate for the wellbeing of all in our district, and collaborate with the community to achieve the best outcomes for all.

Thank you for your support. Let’s keep working together for our community. Reach out any time with feedback, comments, and questions!

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