Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This was my high school senior class motto, and I believe it is the reason many of my classmates and I have made choices to question the status quo, to ask hard questions about why we are doing things a certain way, to press on when we are told it cannot be done. We want positive change, we believe it can happen, and we are willing to work hard to see it come to fruition.
My choice to run for the Stillwater Area School Board comes from these desires. I believe we can be better. And not just better. Excellent. Admired. Sought After. Esteemed. We already have great kids, involved parents, and excellent teachers. We now need to take bold action. It will involve risk-taking, and it will involve moving into uncharted territory.
For instance, is it possible for each of our nine elementary schools, two junior highs, and one high school to have unique identities where the principal, staff, students, and families have tremendous ownership? Will this lead to staff and students who are excited, involved and invested, while still aligning their visions with the district strategic plan? YES!
While it may seem like this would be harder to manage because it could mean many different learning environments, we all know that people perform more excellently when they believe strongly in what they are doing, therefore requiring strong accountability but less management.
This is just one example of how we can carry this out, how we can take bold action to bring about lasting change. Join me in forging a new path. And please invite others to do the same. Thank you for your support.