Category Archives: Election 2023

Campaign Priority #6 – Drive Efficiency

UCFSD has an annual budget of over $100 million, and budget increases are limited by Pennsylvania law (Act 1). Therefore, we must be operationally efficient and spend every dollar wisely. By improving our productivity in administration and support functions, we will have more funds available to invest in high-quality instruction and modern facilities.

Apps like PowerSchool and Canvas have already increased classroom efficiency, and we should be constantly on the lookout for new technologies to improve productivity and energy efficiency.

We also must be wise when it comes to new investments. This means saying “no” to nice-to-have projects and carefully scrutinizing new programs.

In today’s economic environment, we must prioritize academics, leverage technology to save money and carefully evaluate new programs. As your representative on the school board, you can count on me to ensure that our schools are running in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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Campaign Priority #5 – Provide Safe Schools

Ensuring the safety and security of students and staff is one of my top priorities. To achieve safe schools, effective measures need to be in place including access control, emergency response planning, regular threat assessments, staff training, crisis communications, and cooperative engagement with law enforcement. Technology threats should also be assessed, and cyber defenses regularly updated.

I have experience leading Corporate Security and Cyber Defense at global corporations, and know what it takes to upgrade our posture to where it needs to be for a public school. I also believe we can do it while respecting student privacy and without changing the look and feel of our buildings.

Providing safe schools is a foundational element of world class schools.  It is important to continuously evaluate and improve our safety measures to keep pace with evolving threats, and I am committed to ensuring we have the right level of protections in place.

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Campaign Priority #4 – Strengthen Achievement

As a school board director, I am committed to ensuring every student in the district has access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success beyond Unionville. To strengthen achievement, we must help each student grow academically, create a culture of high expectations and validate student progress through external assessments. And we need to hold our principals and administrators accountable to exceed state standards for academic growth and achievement.

Offering high quality extracurricular programs is important too. But at the heart of our mission is educating students and preparing them for life after Unionville. By strengthening student growth and achievement, we create a brighter future for our children and help them achieve their full academic potential.

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Campaign Priority #3 – Invest in Technology & Facilities

In order to do their best, our students and teachers need well-maintained facilities and up-to-date digital technology in the classroom.

As a board member I support modernization of our buildings and athletic fields. I also have championed the districts prior technology investments in Canvas, Chromebooks, and a faster wireless network. And energy-efficient upgrades that save taxpayers money should also be prioritized. All of these are smart investments in our students and community.

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Campaign 2023 Priority #2 – Support Families

When it comes to a child’s education, no one is more invested than their parents. And that’s why we must create a strong partnership between our schools and families.

Partnership starts with clear and open communication about what our children are learning and how they are being assessed. Families should also have a say in shaping our academically rigorous curriculum. And we need a team attitude with teachers and parents working together to address challenges as they arise.

By involving families, being open and transparent, and supporting parent-teacher communication, we will create a more effective learning environment that reflects the best values of our community.

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Campaign 2023 Priority #1 – Empowering Teachers

As a school board member, I understand the critical role that teachers play in student success in Unionville Chadds Ford School District. The best teachers significantly boost student learning, and it’s essential that we provide them with the resources and support they need to do their best work. This includes professional development , involving teachers in decision-making, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment, and providing top quartile pay and benefits.

As a candidate for school board, I am committed to empowering our teachers so that they can thrive and help our students succeed.

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I am running for School Board in 2023!

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Unionville Chadds Ford school board, representing Pocopson, Birmingham, and Newlin Townships. As a parent, long-time resident, and an experienced school board member, I believe that I have the dedication, experience and good judgment necessary to serve our students and families in this role.

I understand the importance of academic excellence and believe that every child deserves access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. As a member of the school board, I will work to ensure that all students have access to the resources and support they need to reach their full potential, including high-quality teachers, a sound curriculum and secure facilities that are well-equipped.

I also understand the importance of building strong partnerships between schools, families, and the community. Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children, and schools need to effectively partner with families to deliver it. I will ensure that parents have visibility into our curriculum and input into key decisions. I will make sure that communication channels are open, so parents always know what is happening in the school and how they can help.

Furthermore, as a taxpayer myself, I understand the importance of being fiscally responsible. I will work to ensure that our schools are run in an efficient manner and that our taxpayers’ dollars are being used effectively. This means being mindful of expenses, looking for cost-saving measures, limiting tax increases and being transparent about how funds are being used.

I have been actively involved in our schools since 2009 when my oldest child started first grade. And I have served on the UCF School board for six years, from 2014-2019 and again from June 2022 until now. Through this involvement, I have come to understand the complex issues facing our schools, the diverse needs of our students, and the dedicated administrators, teachers, and support staff who support, challenge, and inspire our students each day.

I believe that my experience, passion, and dedication make me an excellent candidate for the school board. I would be honored to have your support as I work to make our schools the best they can be for our children.

Together, we can ensure that our students receive a world-class education, and that we do so in partnership with our parents, educators and tax payers.

Check out my priorities for UCF schools here.