District 65 School Board Member
I grew up in Morton Grove, attended K-12 schooling in Skokie, and although I didn't move to Evanston until 2012, my Evanston roots run deep . My mom was a nurse at St. Francis Hospital for 30 years and I married into a family of life-long Evanstonians.
Stephanie and I live in the 5th ward with our children, Sydney (5) and Cairo (2). I have 15 years of experience as an educator, mostly at Niles North High School in Skokie.
I am an ELL and Business Education Teacher at Niles North High School currently on leave while I work as a Union Professional Issues Director with the Illinois Federation of Teachers. In this role I work with educators throughout Illinois as both a professional development facilitator and an educational policy coordinator.
My experience at Niles North also includes several years as a(n):
teaching assistant in the Special Education Department
coach (football, basketball, volleyball)
equity advocate and anti-racist educator.
Outside of the classroom, I obtained my Illinois Real Estate License in 2019 primarily to serve my family and close friends.
I earned my Bachelor's in Marketing/Business Teacher Education at Illinois State University. I went to National Louis University for my Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language and Special Education. Most recently, I have completed all of the coursework for my MBA with a Specialization in School Business Finance at Concordia University Chicago - once I complete my internship and take the exam, I'll be a licensed CSBO. Finally, I am an ISBE Qualified Evaluator of Teachers.
Students' well-being must always be priority number one
Every decision made by district administration and the school board should focus on what is best for the children of District 65
D65 needs to continue to be at the forefront of equity initiatives
I believe "equity" means students receive what they need to be healthy, happy, and successful
Communication from D65 needs to improve
Most people I talk to are happy with the communication from their children's teachers, but not from the District
Educators in D65 need to be given the time and support they need to meet the needs of their students
Differentiating instruction so that all students feel challenged in a rigorous curriculum is only possible when educators have time to plan and collaborate
Fiscal responsibility is possible while also increasing the services students in D65 receive
Student-facing personnel have the greatest impact, and need to be prioritized