Town (current residence): City of Lockport
Current occupation and/or community involvement:
I'm the owner of a seasonal gift shop located in Olcott, NY called Gift Box at the Beach. I've been a small business owner for 10 years. I am also in charge of the social media accounts for the Lakeview Village Shoppes. I'm actively involved in the Olcott Beach Community Association and their community projects.
Number of years you have lived in the school district: 16
Have you run for office before? No
Please tell us about yourself.:
I grew up in Newfane and graduated from Newfane High School and have my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Buffalo State College. I have lived in the city of Lockport for 16 years and have been a small business owner for the last 10 years. I've been interested in running for the school board for some time and currently have the free time to devote myself to being a productive school board member.
Please describe the top issues facing your school district and how you would address them as a school board member:
I believe that our district lacks transparency and isn't as efficient as it could be in educating the public about policy decisions and funding decisions. Our district needs to be creative in using its limited funds to benefit the classrooms and students instead of making cuts in the areas that have a direct effect on learning. I would focus on educating the public as much as possible on board decisions and the decision making process.
Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? No
Please explain why, in 100 words or less:
I feel that the current educational system is too focused on testing and data collection. There needs to be more focus on actual learning and giving the students a more well-rounded education. The need to compare our students to other states or countries is not something that benefits our students. Also, the pressure put on teachers to have students excel at the assessments takes away from their ability to teach students in effective ways. I feel that students should be tested on how much they learned each year, but the current testing system does not accurately test that.