The board decided on changing the schools to grade-level buildings. It’s been good for the teachers, because they’ve been working more together grade-level-wise, getting ideas, building on each others’ strengths. And every kid is being taught the same thing.
During the nasty teacher strike of 2002, we organized a parent group called Concerned Parents of Maple Heights. We staged a walkout with students — parents picking up their kids. We held candlelight vigils. We learned we had some influence over how things are going.
That’s one thing I tell my parents: “You guys have the power. Don’t think you don’t have power to change anything, because you do.”
The little red schoolhouse — our historical schoolhouse. I found out so much history about Maple Heights just in that little building. I found out Henry Mancini, the piano player, came from Maple Heights.
Our seniors stay involved. That’s what I love about them. We’re building five new schools, and we passed a bond issue this year. Without the help of the seniors, I don’t think we could have done it.
When I decided to run for school board, I quit my job, dedicated my attention to running and went back to school. I’m going to continue and get a master’s in education. I would love to teach.
At graduation, I asked the other board members if I could wear my cap and gown. I wanted to start a conversation:Why’s she wearing that? The message is: “Don’t give up. If I can do it, you can do it.”
I thought I was a very active parent. There’s more to it than bringing cupcakes on a birthday.