Renee and her family have lived in Blue Valley for 15 years. Proud parent of 2 Blue Valley Graduates and 2 current Blue Valley students, she has been heavily involved in the community, taking on various leadership roles in her children's schools, church, scouting, and sports, as well as sitting on district committees and the Board of Directors for BVEF. She understands we must work together to ensure the success of ALL students both academically and mentally as well as socially and emotionally.
B.A. Degree Political Science; University of Louisville
BV School District:
*Patron appointed to Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee: 2015-2019, *Patron Appointed to Health & Wellness Advisory Committee: 2019
*Middle School Task Force (appointed by Curriculum and Instruction): 2017-2019,
*Blue Valley Legislative League: Spring 2019,
Blue Valley Educational Foundation:
*Board of Directors: 2017-Current,
*Grant Committee: Fall 2018 & 2019,
*Volunteer Battle of the Bands: January 2017, 2018, 2019,
*Volunteer Annual Community Breakfast: Summer 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,
Blue Valley Northwest High School: *Parent Booster Club Co-President: 2013-2014,
*President: 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018,
*Activity Guide Chair: 2015-2016,
*Activity Guide Committee: 2014-2015 and 2016-2017,
*After-Grad Bus Coordinator: Spring 2015,
*Fundraising Chair: 2013-2016,
*All School Fundraiser Chair: 2013-2014 and 2015-2016,
*Hospitality Chair: 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017,
*Staff Appreciation Chair: 2014-2015, 2015-2016,
*Blue Valley Educational Foundation Liaison: 2016-2017,
Cottonwood Point Elementary:
*Second Vice President: 2011-2012,
*Board Advisor: 2014-2015 and 2016-2017,
*Wildcat Walk Co-Chair: 2012-2013,
*Fifth Grade Farewell Chair: 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2016-2017,
*Grant Committee: 2007-2010,
*Staff Appreciation Chair: 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010,
*Nominating Co-Chair: 2006-2007, 2011-2012, 2012-2013,
Oxford Middle School:
*President: 2011-2012, 2012-2013
*First Vice President: 2010-2011,
*PTO Board Advisor: 2013-2014,
*Grant Committee Chair: 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2010
*Eight Grade Celebration Chair: 2016-2017,
*Video Coordinator: 2016-2017, 2018-2019, 2019-2020,
*Staff Appreciation Committee: 2013-2014,
*Nominating Chair: 2011-2012, 2012-2013,
*Vacation Bible School Leader Summer: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009,
*Catechist Second Grade Communion: 2007-2008 and 2010-2011,
*Teacher’s Aide Family Formation: 2013-2014 and 2015-2016,2016-2017
*Catechist Seventh Grade Confirmation: 2011-2012, 2012-2013 & 2018-2019,
*Catechist Eighth Grade Confirmation: 2019-2020,
*Cub Scout Den Leader Pack 3425: 2009-2014,
*Cub Scout Day Camp Volunteer: Summer 2008, 2009,
*Cub Scout Day Camp Tag Coordinator: Summer 2011,
*Girl Scouts Day Camp Section Leader: Spring/Summer 2007,
*Girl Scouts Day Camp Director: Spring/Summer 2008, 2009, 2010,
*Girl Scouts Day Camp Co-Director: Spring/Summer 2011,
*Girl Scouts SU672 Co-Leader: 2009-2011,
*Girls Assistant Soccer Coach: 2007-2008, 2011-2012, 2012-2013,
*Girls Soccer Team Manager: 2017-2018, 2018-2019,
*Kensington Valley HOA: Social Chair/Executive Board Member: 2005-2011,
*KCRAR Member Engagement Advisory Committee: (Appointed in January 2019 to serve for a two-year term)
*Habitat for Humanity “Rock the Block” RE/MAX Realty Suburban, Inc. Team: Fall 2018 & 2019
1) Students: Continue to advocate for students’ mental health & social-emotional needs while still preparing them academically for a changing world. Continue working towards Customized Learning Plans to ensure the ongoing success of every student in every building, every day. 2) Staff: Remain focused on recruitment, retention & support as we adapt to a future shortage of talented teachers. Provide mentoring & professional learning along with leadership opportunities & competitive compensation to all Blue Valley staff. 3) Parents/Community: Build stronger ties between the School Board & parents/community members on topics that affect our students; vaping, substance abuse, bullying, suicide intervention, as well as mental health & wellness issues. Explore partnerships with community resources to prepare our students for success after graduation. Through it all, maintain the high percentage level of tax payer dollars going to the classroom & supporting functions.
As a parent of four very different children going through Blue Valley Schools, I understand every child is unique in their learning styles and circumstances. It is imperative we continue as a district on our upward path toward academic and personal success for each and every student. I have had many wonderful opportunities to volunteer and serve in a variety of roles for the last 13 years in the schools, at district level, and in the community. I've held many leadership positions and am known for my integrity, open-mindedness, ability to connect with others and encourage collaboration, as well as follow through and advocacy. I have been a staff member in multiple BV schools and worked in a variety of roles with students. I have the compassion, commitment, and common sense it takes to make decisions that will positively impact the students of Blue Valley. I also understand the time commitment this position requires and am ready to step up, work hard and work smart for this community.
I believe we need to embrace our district’s growing diversity and champion inclusion of all. Partnering with patrons in the district to address diversity in all forms I know will make a meaningful impact. We must continue to provide training for our staff focusing on issues of diversity, equality and inclusion. I also think it is imperative that we attract people of diversity in both the classroom and at the administrative level. Currently BV has formed a partnership with Mid-American Nazarene’s FORCE program which promotes talent and diversity in the field of education. We need to continue to pursue other higher educational institutions to promote diversity throughout our district.
Patrick was raised in Kansas and attended both public and private schools in Overland Park, Wichita, Lawrence and Topeka. He went on to attend Rockhurst University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He then attended Washburn Law School and graduated in 1996. Patrick has since worked as a licensed attorney in the public sector and private practice and has represented the constituents of the Blue Valley school district as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education.
B.A. Rockhurst University
J.D. Washburn University
Soccer team manager
City of Overland Park Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee.
Served on Blue Valley School Board Finance Committee.
Elected to Blue Valley SB 2015
Served on a number of Blue Valley School Board Committees.
General Counsel for KS DOA
General Counsel for Gov. Parkinson
General Counsel for KS AG
General Counsel for KCATA
Growth. Innovation. Students first.
1. Educational Excellence
A. Develop true personalized learning curriculum around each student.
B. Maintain nationally recognized programs and seek new ways to offer additional innovative opportunities.
C. Attract, develop and retain the best educators and staff.
D. Encourage community participation in the educational process.
2. Fiscal Responsibility
A. Preserve funding and maximize dollars for classrooms.
B. Continue strategic implementation of technology.
C. Maximize efficient utilization of funds, so taxes will not need to be unduly increased.
D. Maintain excellent schools as driver of economic development.
3. Social and Emotional Well-Being and Awareness
A. Develop vaping cessation plan, education and policies.
B. Expand substance abuse, mental health awareness, diversity and inclusion, bullying and suicide prevention and intervention.
C. Encourage community-based support and partnering with medical community.
Originally, elected to the Blue Valley School Board in 2015. I have established professional relationships with parents, staff, patrons and board members to keep the district moving forward without disruption. I believe my proven leadership, professionalism, insight and trusted experience are needed as a respected voice for your schools and kids. I bring my state budget, education funding and operations knowledge and experience to continue to build upon the excellent education programs in Blue Valley schools, so our children will continue to have the best education. As the District navigates in this new funding and learning environment, now is not the time for more change. Educational excellence, early childhood development, mental health, community engagement, partnerships and fiscal responsibility are critical as we move forward. I understand school funding, the operations, the KS Legislature and how important quality education is to the community, the local economy and BVSD.
1. Frequently seek input from a wide cross section of the district about cultural, racial and religious backgrounds.
2. Increase awareness of diversity in teachers, administrator, staff and student populations in each school and plan accordingly.
3. Recruit the best teachers, staff and administrators with diverse backgrounds from institutions with excellent programs and commitment to diversity.
4. Promote, encourage and develop diverse candidates and professional and student programs.