Board of Education Glenbard High School District 87
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What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
Since high school is probably the last opportunity for students to explore the arts, music, theater, or technical courses, it's important for the Glenbard schools to offer a comprehensive curriculum. The school day needs to be expanded or reconfigured to allow time in students' schedules for these opportunities. This means maintaining the many electives we have as well.
I have a son and daughter.
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana:
B.A. English Education & Journalism 1974
M.Ed. Educational Administration & Supervision 1981
Current Occupation and Employer:
I retired in 2009 after 33 years of teaching high school English, 32 of them at Glenbard West.
Political Party Affiliation:
This is a non-partisan election.
For over half of my life I have been involved in education. I want to continue to have an impact on the education our children receive. Running for school board is the next logical step for me.
I have many different perspectives to offer. I raised two children who attended Glenbard schools. I have lived in Glen Ellyn for 33 years. And I taught in the system for decades. Not only has this given me a more wholistic view of District 87, but also has made me quite familiar with staff and operations.
Issue 1: What do you think the greatest challenges the school district faces in regard to preparing students for life in a 21st Century world?
Finding the balance between common core standards with its myriad of assessments and developing students' creativity, divergent thinking, innovation, and artistic skills. The more flexible and broadly educated that students are, the more adaptable they will be to future conditions and demands in the 21st Century.
Issue 2: What if anything would you change at the district to make it more efficient or cost effective?
The district already operates with a balanced budget and has an excellent financial rating. It appears efficient and cost-effective now.
Issue 3: What, if any, changes would you make at the district in regard to the role of technology in students' education.
Because technology changes so rapidly, it is financially impossible for schools to purchase the latest/newest hardware. I like the idea being explored to phase out textbooks and replace them with I-Pads.