With a background in community and nonprofit leadership, I have seen the value of coordinating and collaborating with businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies alike.
As President Truman stated, “it’s amazing what can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” Osborn School District has a long history of working with the community it serves, with notable programs such as the iTeachAZ and the Key Communicators.
There are opportunities to build upon these examples of community partnership, and I will work hard to leverage the relationships I have built, both personally and professionally, to continue finding new ways to partner with the community the District serves.
Parental involvement is the single most important factor in whether or not a student is successful. In fact, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory recently stated that, “when schools, families and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better, stay in school longer, and like school more.”
Teachers have a deep understanding of a student’s progress, and should be seen as an invaluable resource to parents when it comes to communicating opportunities for growth and celebrating achievements.
As a Board Member, I will work hard to foster an environment of open communication between parents, teachers and the village it takes to raise our children.
Inclusion & Equity
Phoenix is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and the enrollment within in the Osborn Elementary School District reflects that diversity.
Regardless of ethnicity, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status, students should be able to walk into their classrooms every day confidently knowing that a supportive learning environment, free of bullying and discrimination, awaits them on the other side.
An inclusive and equitable environment goes a long way towards ensuring a safe atmosphere on each of the Osborn Elementary School District’s five campuses. I will work hard every day to promote inclusion and equity both inside and outside the classroom, so each and every student can remain focus on learning.
Osborn Elementary School District has a long history of fiscal prudence, and the importance of strong financial management is even more relevant today as we slowly emerge from the Great Recession. Property values are still well below historical averages, meaning that the revenue source that the District relies on most still hangs in the balance.
Yet, even in this environment innovation is necessary. I will push to move forward progressive policies without compromising the financial stability that our community has come to expect from the Osborn Elementary School District.