While I have lived in the Fargo/Moorhead area for 15 years. I was asked to join the Horizon Middle School family when I was offered a job in Student Support Services three and a half years ago. I didn’t know that I would become so attached that I would move my husband and three children to Moorhead officially make it our home. While working I saw a great need in our schools. In efforts to support our staff and bring a solution, I created and launched a youth leadership program (P & Q’s Etiquette) called Leaderlicous into the Moorhead Public Schools System. I truly believe that Moorhead is a great place to live, and I know firsthand the excellent education and the remarkable school staff we have. I am so blessed and truly grateful that my children are able to attend Moorhead public schools, and become Moorhead spuds.
What differentiates me from my opponents and why should you vote for me?
Our community is rapidly growing and we need to be creative and strategic. I believe that the Moorhead school Board needs to reflect the Clay county community. We need someone who can deal with tough problems and issues and has the skills to understand different viewpoints, but most importantly KNOWS HOW TO LISTEN.
Investing in our youth is not only a job, but it is my life. In the 15 years since I’ve been here, I have been and will continue to be committed to our youth regardless of what their background, status, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. I am committed to supporting our teachers and school staff. My commitment is the very reason that I have not only worked in the schools, but also created my nonprofit organization which runs in several schools in Moorhead. Another difference is I want to build a stronger community partnership. I know you’ve probably heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. What I’ve learned about the Moorhead community is that we are a BIG FAMILY. We love our children, and want the best for them. So UNITY and working together is the key. With my involvement and bringing of a new perspective and different points of view, can only make our schools and our community stronger.
- School safety. We need to address bullying, mental health issues, and special needs.
- Training and tools on school policies needed to deal with violent behaviors, mental health, and guns.
- Alternative methods of dealing with behavioral issues.
- Bridging gaps. Our schools should work harder on family engagement, effective communication, and diversity.
- Listening, supporting, and communication of staff needs.
- Wise spending of our budget for the benefit of all.
I will bring a wide range of professional and person experience to the Moorhead School Board, including:
- Community leadership
- CEO of non-profit for girls and boys
- National spokesperson for SENDCAA Head Start program
- Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute graduate
- CHARISM Faces program supervisor
- Worked in Fargo-Moorhead schools as a paraprofessional, cultural liaison, and student support services supervisor
- 35 Under 35 leadership program graduate
- 2007 Mrs. North Dakota International
- Married for 21 years, mother of three