Two candidates are seeking a seat on the Kenmore Tonawanda School Board. The News invited candidates in contested races to tell voters why they should vote for them.
Not long ago I was a student in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School System. I proudly graduated from Kenmore East in 1998. My husband John also graduated from Kenmore East. I have always felt that we have a great school system, and now that I have two young daughters ages 4 and 2, I want to make sure we do everything we can to keep it that way. Our oldest daughter will begin her educational career in Ken-Ton’s Universal Pre-K program this September.
We are life-long residents of the Town of Tonawanda and have chosen the Ken-Ton schools and community as a place to educate and raise our own children. We have many positive memories and experiences from our public school education in this district.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo in psychology and sociology as well as my Master’s degree in Social Work. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom I worked as a School Social Worker in a neighboring school district. I have seen and worked with children, teachers, and administrators that have such high educational expectations put on them each day. I understand the demands and pressure this system places on everyone responsible for educating our youth.
I am interested in serving on the Ken-Ton Board of Education because we are living in a different economic time where schools, teachers, administrators, support staff, community members, parents, and children are being asked to do more and achieve higher with less financial support. Our standards are the highest they have ever been, and I believe it takes an entire community to help our educators and students achieve their goals. I believe this district would benefit from someone who understands the needs of families but who also has the experience of being a community member, parent, and educator.