As a professional in state and federal government, it is my job to know the people and understand the policies that dictate how we operate at the local level. From the education dollars in the federal CARES Act to the policies coming from Indianapolis, I will work to be an advocate for Vigo County Schools.
As a mother, it is my passion to be a voice for optimal student outcomes. I am motivated by the experiences I have had advocating for my oldest son and anticipating what my youngest will face. I want the best for them and for all Vigo County students.
I have learned to be an advocate for education because of the people I love the most. I am a mother who has had to fight for good outcomes for her son, and I want the best possible outcomes for all kids, especially the ones who don't have an advocate of their own.
My husband is a teacher, and my dear mother taught music for many years in the VCSC. Their counsel has been invaluable to me as I have engaged in and learned about public education and our duty to preserve it.
I am a 1999 graduate of North High School. I had excellent teachers here, who taught me to think critically and work hard. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French (2003) as well as a Master in Public Administration from Indiana State Unviersity (2015). Last year, I earned a Harvard Business School Online Certification in financial leadership, and I have completed the Ball State University Basic Economic Development Course.
I have worked in and around public policy for more than 16 years, and I currently serve as the Midwest Director of Government Relations for Project Lead The Way, an organization that provides outstanding, hands-on STEM curriculum and professional development for teachers.
My career started on Capitol Hill, continued to the Indiana State House, and has included work in the defense industry around NSA Crane, health care, economic development, and now education. My job is to know education policy, and I am always learning best practices and discovering innovative ways to stand up for students and teachers.