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Ohio Board of Education - District 4

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Campaign Phone (513) 310-8953
Age 68
City/town Cincinnati
Education/Degrees Masters in Art Education, 1985 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; Bachelor of Art in Education, 1973 University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; Graduate, Oak Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio 1969
Community Involvement COMMUNITY: BOARD CHAIR- Price Hill Will, Comprehensive Community Development Corporation 2013-14 & MEMBER- Housing and Education Community Action Teams 2002-2014; PARTICIPANT- Harmony Garden, a non-profit advocacy for girls’ health and well-being 2011-12; MURALIST- Working with a team of high school students and other professional artists, created two ArtWorks MuralWorks in Over-the-Rhine and in South Cumminsville 2008-09; ENTREPRENEUR- Art Parts, Custom Framing/Art Gallery, Clifton, Ohio 1982-1994. EDUCATION-RELATED: CONSULTANT- Miami University Urban Teaching Cohort (2012-2007) SUPERVISOR- Student Teachers, Mount Saint Joseph College, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004-2010; ASSESSOR- Ohio Department of Education, Praxis lll, 2005-2010 CONSULTANT- CET Arts Connections (formerly AAAE Arts Connections), 2000-2002 MEMBER- NWLSD Local Professional Development Committee, 2000-2004 CHAIR- Colerain High School Art Department, 1996-2004 CONSULTANT- Getty Center for the Arts in Education, 1992-95 PRESIDENT- Northwest Association of Educators, 1995-2003.
Endorsements G. R. “Sam” Schloemer, State Board of Education member (2003-2010); Michael Collins, State Board of Education member (2008-2016); American Association of University Professors; Ohio Education Association; Southwestern Ohio Education Association; Ohio Democratic Party; Ohio AFL-CIO; Ohio Association of Public School Employees; Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council; Hamilton County Democratic Party; Warren County Democratic Party; Westside Democratic Club of Cincinnati; Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus; Equity Cincinnati PAC; Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Campaign Message I promise to remain committed to policies that further strengthen our public schools and give them the resources they need and to make charter schools more accountable for public tax dollars. I promise to remain committed to reduce/eliminate state-mandated testing, expand career-tech/graduation options, and promote problem-based learning and the Arts for all students. I promise to remain committed to encourage innovative and challenging education environments that place high quality teaching and learning at their heart.
As a current member of the State Board of Education (2015-present), I believe we are at a seminal moment in Ohio’s Education System. I want to continue to help shape the reform efforts of which I have been intricately involved. With the end of the No Child Left Behind era of repressive testing and over-reaching regulations, we can reinvent the Ohio Department of Education as a service-based partner with school districts and position ODE again as a top world-class system. The 2016 hire of Paolo DeMaria as State Superintendent, our current board's desire to speak as one voice for all students, and significant stakeholders’ input in our reform processes have led to our 5-Year Strategic Plan: Each Child-Our Future and Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Plan. These documents will provide a framework for local districts to design continuous improvement plans that honor the development of the whole child through a well-rounded education, prepared to successfully pursue their career path.
A career art teacher in the Northwest Local School District (1974-2004) and leadership roles noted above have prepared me to be an engaged and effective elected member on the State BOE. My votes are based on evidence-based research and constant contact with my constituents. My current leadership roles include membership on the Executive, Accountability & Continuous Improvement, Achievement & Graduation Requirements Committees and Alternative Assessments Impact Team. As a member of the Strategic Plan process, I served on the Steering Committee and Excellent Educators & Best Practices Work Group that involved over 1400 stakeholders’ input. I also sit on the Report Card and Graduation Requirements Workgroups.

I would be honored to continue as your District 4 SBOE member and to support an education system that honors the work everyday of dedicated educators, parents, and community partners who encourage all our great students to DREAM BIG!
Campaign Phone (513) 382-9869
City/town Cincinnati
Education/Degrees I graduated from Deer Park High School, Xavier University with a M.Ed., and Miami University with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and am extremely knowledgeable of the needs of our local school districts. Currently, I teach undergraduate students at Miami University and Cincinnati Christian University, as well as, graduate students at Indiana Wesleyan who aspire to become educators. Previously, I taught middle school language fifteen years, at Landmark Christian School.
Community Involvement I have been elected to the Village of Glendale Council since 2004, currently serve as Vice Mayor. I serve on West Point Society, Cincinnati Board of Directors; West Point Leadership & Ethics Seminar Planning Committee; Mid-Western Educational Research Association Board; Hamilton County Watershed Oversight Board; First Suburbs Consortium of Hamilton County Executive Board; and Connecting Active Communities Coalition Board. My extensive experience in education, history of community involvement, and investment in public service make me a valuable resource to represent you and your family on the Ohio Board of Education.
Endorsements Hamilton County GOP Warren County GOP Mary Anne Christie: Ohio Republican Party, Vice Chair Diane Cunningham Redden: Hamilton County Republican Party Chairwoman Russ Jackson: Anderson Township Trustee (former) Michelle Schneider: Ohio Central Committee, Warren County, Ohio Majority Whip (former) Bill Seitz: Majority Floor Leader of the Ohio House Tom Brinkman: Ohio House of Representatives Scott Lipps: Ohio House of Representatives, Vice Chair, Finance Debe Terhar: Ohio Board of Education: President, 2011 - 2014 Lou Terhar: Ohio Senate, previous Ohio House of Representatives Steve Wilson: Ohio Senate
Campaign Message My goals as a member of Ohio Board of Education are to support our districts’ students by providing our teachers with the tools and supports that they need to be effective and provide the supports that our students need to be active learners. Issues of Importance  Safe learning environments  Fiscal responsibility  Stakeholder (community & parent) participation; local control  Accountability & choice: quality opportunity for all students: preparation for post-graduation endeavors
I am running because I have a career of experience contributing in my community as an elected official and with SW Ohio municipalities on various executive committees, as well as interacting with university students and working professionals who aspire to become teachers, gaining firsthand knowledge and perspective that will benefit Ohio students and their families.
I am a life-long resident of Southwest Ohio with skills, experience, and insight into 1.the educational needs of our students and 2.the responsibility of our communities and those schools to facilitate students to strive toward each’s potential. My extensive experience in education, history of community involvement, and investment in public service make me a valuable resource to represent you and your family on the Ohio Board of Education.
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