Candidate for Ketchikan School
September 21, 2006
Personal information and
- Alaska resident for 39 years;
33 in Ketchikan and 6 on Prince of Wales;
- My husband and I raised two
daughters who went through the school system;
- 27 years in public education,
22 of them teaching in the Ketchikan School District;
- Went to graduate school for
my masters degree after my retirement in 1998;
- Taught continuing education
classes for teachers at UAS;
- Founding member and board
member of the Tongass School;
- UAS College Advisory Board
- Currently PATCHWorks director;
- Life-long advocate for
education and learners.
Belief Statement: I believe an effective education
system is the single most important quality a community can provide
for its own future. This requires keeping students in school!
The system must be successful in motivating and supporting all
types of learners and provide programs and options that keep
students interested and excited about learning. If and when we
succeed at this, I believe we will greatly diminish the number
of students who drop out of high school and more successfully
prepare all of our students for the challenges of the 21st century.
My basic slogan is "Students
It is simple but foundational.
As a candidate, I value
and will work toward the following principles:
- Approach all board decisions
with the question, "Will this decision support and/or improve
- Equity of services for students,
staffs and schools;
- Open communication and information
sharing across the District;
- Accountability as "shared
responsibility" throughout the system;
- Curriculum that builds on
student strengths, interests and talents;
- Budget planning and spending
that prioritizes District goals.
- Educating students for the
Each of these principles benefit
from further clarification. I would welcome any questions or
comments and can be reached at 225-5741.
I would like to bring my
experience and a new perspective to the School Board. Thank you.
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