“This is my first time to run for office. I am a retired school teacher of 37 years and wanted to give back to the community so I am running for the school board. I realized that District Four needs someone to bring in a spirit of pride that is needed in the community to boost our scores and make sure that our kids get what they need to be successful. I worked at LeFlore Magnet High School for 30 years. I want to carry what I learned there to the 18 schools in District Four. I want to help make inner-city schools as competitive as the schools in the county.
I put children first and think that each one deserves a great education. I want to be a voice and leader for them. We will care about these kids and make them productive citizens.
I want us to have transparency and parent involvement in our schools. I want people to have an understanding of what our schools are about it. It takes a village to raise children and that’s what we expect. I believe in ownership. If you own your own home, you want to make sure that your house is the best that it could possibly be in your neighborhood. Well, the same applies to schools with parents, teachers, administrators, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Each one needs to own that school. That is how we will be successful.
I have always been a coach and a leader where people had to listen to me. Now I have to be the listener. What are the needs of our parents? Where can we do better? I have met so many people campaigning from different parts of the community. A lot of our kids live with grandparents or in single-parent homes. How can we help them? I want to hear from the kids who have issues. How do we help them achieve their goals?
I went into teaching because I wanted to coach girls’ softball. I became the athletic director at LeFlore Magnet High School. I coached every sport from girl’s tennis and swimming to track and field. I played all sports in high school and had a general idea of how to coach them. I always loved kids. My mother was a teacher and begged me not to become a teacher. She said I would work for free as long as I got to work with kids. I taught approximately 35,000 or 40,000 kids in my lifetime. I would have done it for free.”