continued My professional background is in customer service, purchasing/material/logistics management, construction estimating and project management. I am currently employed at Upstate Medical University as a contracts administrator.
The strengths I bring to the board are my interpersonal, communication and active listening skills. To be able to filter out distractions and really hear what is being said allows me to get a better sense of what the situation/concern is or what the facts are. To come to a fair decision, I use comprehensive information gathering and a common sense, logical and analytical approach in evaluating the information. I do not hesitate to ask questions, make an observation or take a stand based on complete and accurate facts.
My goal is to continue to build trust between the district and the community, and to maintain and guard the integrity of education. My opinion of the integrity of education is illustrated by the following Chinese Proverb: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Current state and federal regulations are eroding the integrity of education.
For the success of our students, a trusting relationship with the community needs to continue to be developed with the idea in everyone’s mind that it will always be a work in progress, but with open communication and transparency, we can achieve a great deal. Because of the hard work and enthusiasm of our students, dedication of our teachers and staff there are many positive events and activities occurring in the district on a daily basis and it should be a source of pride for all of us. The board, administration, students and community should not settle for mediocrity in our education or our teachers. We need to partner with the teachers’ union to develop methods to assist teachers to be more effective and