Letter to the editor: ACSD board candidate makes her pitch
Are you concerned about the future of our school system? Are you counting on the school board to tackle the difficult decisions and challenges presented to us with the best interests of students and the community in mind?
As a native Vermonter, and longtime resident of Addison County, I have had personal experience with the school system, first as a student and now as a parent. I attended Middlebury Union High School and graduated with the class of 2005 after being homeschooled through primary school. My four sons, ages 6, 9, 12 and 15, are currently enrolled in an array of schools in the ACSD — their future will be directly affected by the quality of education offered by our local schools.
My diverse background and personal experience with many facets of the educational settings available to families in Addison County puts me in a position to bring valuable perspectives. With a strong commitment to transparency and the democratic process, you can count on me to listen carefully to all voices and viewpoints in our diverse communities, to ask tough questions, and to hold myself and others on the board accountable to a just and ethical process.
For over 10 years, I was the owner/operator of Salisbury Station Stable, where I ran a 4-H group, horse summer camps, riding lessons, and equine activities for all ages, with a focus on making horses accessible for all children. As a teenager, I held offices in 4-H groups and the local FFA chapter.
I currently manage a residential home for adults experiencing acute and persistent mental health challenges. At work, I lead de-escalation trainings and serve on committees. My dedication to serving this population has led me to pursue an education in the field of Social Work. After receiving my associate’s degree at CCV last year, I have moved on to Castleton University’s Social Work program, class of 2021.
I am eager to put my skills to work on our community’s system of education, building on successes and strengthening the processes for improvement.
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