1. Please tell us a little about yourself (family, children, where you grew up, educational background, career path, etc).
My husband Geoff and I have lived in the community since 1991. Our two children Geoffrey (22) and Emily (20) are graduates of Upper Darby School District. I am a graduate of Lower Merion High School and Harcum College. I currently volunteer as Community Outreach Liaison for Healthy NewsWorks, a student media program in the Norristown and Philadelphia School District. I served as a legislative assistant in the office of State Representative Margo L. Davidson. Prior to 2008 I worked in the Financial Services industry for 15 years, employed by Lincoln Financial Group as Vice President, Retirement Financial Services. I held a FINRA Series 7, 6, and 65, and PA Life and Health Insurance license.
2. Why are you running for School Board?
I am running for school board because I believe in our school district and public education. Serving as a school board director will allow me to continue working and advocating for quality education of all children in the community in a meaningful way. I hope to create a long term vision with fellow board members, which will provide the necessary opportunities and resources for students and teachers to reach their full potential. As a board member I will provide proactive leadership, encourage open dialog, and build public support and participation.
3. What do you see as the strengths of the Upper Darby community, and separately, the School District?
The township offers accessible public transportation, easy access to Philadelphia and the Blue Route. Upper Darby offers unique walkable neighborhoods. A key strength of the school district is the diverse student population which is representative of the world we live in. The Arts, Engineering, Music and Technical training programs are outstanding.
4. What do you see as areas of concern or needed growth of the Upper Darby community, and separately, the School District?
Upper Darby Township needs to revitalize its tax base to reduce the financial burden on homeowners. The school district is negatively impacted by lack of state and federal funding, arduous mandates, and low teacher and staff morale.
5. Please talk briefly about what you see as three important priorities for education reform at a policy level and your position on these issues.
- I am in support of reinstating the PA basic education funding formula.
- IDEA Funding reform should be a priority- funding has been level for the last five years while the number of students served has increased.
- Funding and accountability reforms for PA charter and cyber charter schools and vouchers.
6. Please talk about three critical issues you would like to see the School District address over the next couple of years.
Curriculum, school capacity, illegal students, and school safety are areas of great concern.
7. Is there anything else you would like the voting community to know about you?
My commitment to the students and residents of Upper Darby is to serve with integrity, and honor the obligation to be a good steward of public money and resources.