Director, Position 7, Centennial School District
After an over 30-year career as a federal government employee, I retired as the Chief Operating Officer of the Bonneville Power Administration. Many years in a variety of electric utility leadership roles have given me a strong background in strategy development and laser-focused decision making. I have tackled the steep learning curve of understanding the 21st-century challenges of public education by attending numerous Oregon School Board Association seminars and classes and by doing extensive preparation for board meetings and other events.
I have always been a strong advocate for public education. During my tenure as a member of the Centennial School Board, my appreciation for public education has been renewed and fortified. I embrace the Centennial Destination 2023 strategy focused on the four pillars of 1) student focused teaching and learning, 2) healthy culture and environment, 3) effective systems and programs, and 4) community and partnerships all wrapped around the equity goals that each and every learner receives the resources they need individually to thrive in our schools no matter what. I have enjoyed being a part of a compelling strategy and vision aimed at ensuring that every student achieves success.
Yet, the Centennial School District faces many challenges. Two outstanding issues that I am deeply passionate about are: 1) Helping low income and homeless students achieve success. Many efforts in this area have proven very successful, however much work remains to be done. It is an ongoing issue with no easy solutions. 2) Seeking adequate funding for operations and facilities. I campaigned for the last successful Centennial bond measure nearly 20 years ago. Our facilities face significant challenges, and each budget cycle results in difficult cuts rather than an ability to expand and enhance successful programs. I am dedicated to continued efforts on these thorny topics.
I have lived in the Centennial School District for 29 years. I served on the budget committee and volunteered on school bond initiatives. My current work on the board, the facilities committee, and the energy and wellness committee are hallmarks of my engagement with the school district. My dedication to Centennial student success is extreme. We have the building blocks in place to achieve success, and I’m eager to see these efforts through to the finish.