CH-UH Schools are in my blood. I graduated from Heights High as did my siblings and several cousins, I have one daughter who graduated last school year and is now a freshman studying music education at the University of Toledo, and another daughter who’s currently a 7th grader at Roxboro/Heights Middle School.
I began my involvement on the Boulevard PTA and have since served on or provided assistance in some capacity in PTAs at Fairfax, Roxboro Elementary, Roxboro Middle and Heights Middle Schools. I was president of VAPO, the Vocal Arts Parent's Organization for two years and helped to raise over $30,000 to ensure that most students were able to participate in their Spring Tours, after the district cut its financial support for that program.
Although I don’t currently have a child at Heights High, I still serve in a co-president’s role as the new VAPO president learns the ropes. I believe that our district’s music programming has the power to change lives. It certainly did for my daughter. I am also co-Vice President of Height Middle School PTA and sit on the Social Emotional Wellness Committee.
I believe in our schools. I believe that forging ahead means being informed as to the good, the bad and the ugly within our district. We must fortify the amazing things we have going on in the district, but we cannot be blind cheerleaders. We must address, head on, our weaknesses and strive to turn them into strengths. Having graduated from Heights High myself I know the pride that I felt Heights. I know the pride I felt showing college friends my yearbook, and seeing their shock at how many clubs and sports teams we have (and often take for granted). I know the pride I felt at telling people where my children went to school, and I know the determination I felt when times got hard to work hard and ensure no matter what I was able to keep my children in this school district. I know how hard I work to cover the higher taxes/rent that I feel are worth it to live within this great, diverse school district, and I want others to feel the same pride.
I come from meager means, and volunteering in the schools is not always easy, but it is so important to me that I make it work, I have been a parent who felt that my voice was not heard, and I want to be that voice for others who may feel the same. I hope to be elected to the Board of Education to ensure that every voice is heard, and that different perspectives are heard and respected when decisions are being made.