I formerly worked in advertising, marketing and special events. I am married to Fred Jamison; our three children are Goddard graduates. Since 1996 I've been a district volunteer including service as a board of education representative and officer. Currently I serve as Goddard Advocates for Public Education President and Director of the Speak Up For Kansas Kids Network. I am a Goddard Education Foundation board trustee.
Graduate of Oklahoma State University, (1979)
B.S. Radio and Television Sales and Management,
B.S. Speech Communication Consultancy
Vice President of Goddard Woman's Club, Goddard Puppet Lady program to promote early literacy skills for children, Goddard Public Library Strategic Planning Team, Goddard Education Foundation Board Trustee, Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center Heroes Gala Committee, Kansas General Federation of Womens Clubs HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership) State Chairperson
22 S. Lakeview Drive,
Goddard, KS 67052
What do you see as the biggest successes in the Public Schools and what areas do you see could use some study and/ or changes?
1. Notable successes in our public schools are the growth of the career & technical education pathways and the STEM programs. Another success is the collaboration between our public schools, colleges and universities, community and businesses to provide students with skills for post-secondary and career readiness in the workforce.
2. Areas benefitting from continued study include the dyslexia taskforce, anti-bullying initiatives, social and emotional well-being of students, and school safety.
3. Positive changes for students would include an investment in early childhood programs, additional year-round education opportunities, and the hiring of additional counselors.
Positive changes for educators include providing for competitive wages, benefits, and professional development. Maintaining smaller class sizes would help our teachers better meet all students' needs and improve student success.
A lot of schools district have not been= able to recruit enough teachers to fill all positions with certified teachers.. Last year the Wichita district had to start the school year with 80 positions filled by long term substitutes . What do you think can be done to perhaps help solve this problem?
Teacher salaries have lagged behind other professions nationally, and teacher salaries have fallen behind the national average in Kansas. Funding cuts to education in Kansas after the recession, tax cuts and loss of state revenue impacted school districts’ abilities to recruit, hire, adequately compensate and retain quality educators. Teacher retirements and a decline in students entering the teaching profession are also contributing factors to the teacher shortage.
To solve the problem, districts will need to allocate additional funding to address teacher pay. A career in education must be viewed as respected and one that provides a living wage. The transition to teaching programs will help with more immediate needs to prepare qualified individuals for the classroom. Currently, two pilot programs are working to address elementary and special education teaching licensure through additional college coursework.
What strengths do you think you bring that will make you a useful member of the on the Board of Education?
Leadership, district knowledge, education policy and funding advocacy are strengths that will help me be a productive member of the board.
My past service as a former USD 265 Board of Education representative and board president have provided me with board training and leadership experience. Service as a bond campaign co-chairperson and a Goddard Education Foundation trustee have provided me with additional leadership opportunities.
I have a strong knowledge of the district through participation on site councils, advisory committees and bond campaigns since 1996.
For the past six years, I've been involved with education advocacy for public schools. As President of Goddard Advocates for Education I communicated information to district and community members during each legislative session. As Director of the Speak Up For Kansas Kids Network, I have worked with other parent groups and school districts across the state in support of school funding and pro-public education policy.
What is your view about Kansas state revenue funding going to support tuition to non-Public schools if a family chooses to send their student there?
I do not support use of public funds for non-public schools.
What is your opinion of the Ks Supreme Court’s ruling on the Gannon case about adequate and equitable funding for Kansas Public Schools?
I support the court ruling that found the state had substantially complied with the Kansas Supreme Court's order in the Gannon school finance case. This ruling resulted in a multi-year funding plan to provide constitutionally adequate and equitable funding. I also support the court retaining jurisdiction until the planned funding has been successfully phased in.
What ideas would you like to have the Board explore to enhance the schools in this district if you are elected?
As a member of a board team, I believe the direction of the district will be guided by the mission to educate all children for lifelong success and the district’s strategic plan. A new strategic plan will be developed to provide a directional roadmap for our district.
I believe our district will continue to provide the best education and opportunities for our students, beginning at birth and preparing them to be college or career ready when they graduate. This will include working collaboratively with our students, parents, community, business and legislative partners. I see the expansion of early childhood programs, at-risk programs, STEM and career and technical education programs as educational enhancements. Improving special education services for students should also be a priority.
Being able to recruit, develop and retain the best educators and staff will be important in the district's mission to educate all students for lifelong success.
What do you think the school district should add or take away from its policies or practices.
Policy or best practices are guided by the administrative team in the best interest of the district. Legal counsel is involved in reviewing policy before it arrives to the board of education. As a former board of education representative, I have been involved with that procedure and I trust the process.