As a candidate for the PSBA 2017- 2019 Central Section At Large Representative I would like members to know that I have knowledge of education from multiple levels – student – parent – teacher – administrator – professor – grandparent – school board member and tax-payer. I hold degrees from Indiana University of PA, St. Bonaventure University and a doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University. I have worked in four school districts within Pennsylvania. After retiring from public education, I taught in the Education Department of St. Bonaventure University and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford. In both assignments, I taught courses that prepared students to become teachers. As president of a state-wide organization of professors of teacher education, I regularly attended State Board of Education meetings and served on a PA task force on the preparation of teachers. I have been on my local School Board for four years and have been President for the past two years. It is a source of pride to hold that position that enables me to support the community as well as administrators, teachers, staff and students of the school district.
In addition to my responsibilities as a school board member and president, I am active in my local community:
- Guardian Angel Center: an all-volunteer organization that provides new and gently used clothing to financially eligible children.
- Zoning Board member
- Shade Tree Commission – member and secretary
- Church Lector
- Community Fund – representative and secretary
- Penn State Cooperative Extension – President of County Board
Attending PSBA regional sessions and the annual conference enables me to build on my school board competence. In addition, I encourage area candidates as they seek election and serve on their local school boards. My knowledge and experience enhances my capacity as a local school board member. All these experiences will be valuable to me as a member of the Governing Board of PSBA. I look forward to engaging with peers to support and improve public schools in our state.
PSBA diligently pursues interventions that positively influence public education in PA. PSBA aggressively addresses the issue that plagues most PA public schools – funding. Because of the diversity of our state, it is a challenge to identify common issues that need to be addressed long-term. I believe that future emphasis should center on meeting the long-term educational needs that will enhance the employment potential and the economy of Pennsylvania. I consistently strive to influence public education in a variety of ways including communicating directly and indirectly with legislators. I am familiar with political office holders and their policies and am comfortable interacting with them about the needs and concerns of education and PSBA.
I look forward to being part of the governing body of PSBA as they continue to advocate for positive change in public education in PA. I would bring commitment, knowledge and energy to the PSBA Governing Board.