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Ringgold School District, At-Large, 2 Years

Job description: Boards of School Directors are the governing agencies for local school districts. They have the responsibility for planning, setting policy, and evaluating school operations. They may levy taxes, issue bonds, hire personnel, provide for school buildings, and purchase textbooks and supplies. They adopt rules and regulations to govern their own affairs and the conduct of employees. TERM 2 YEARS. SALARY Unpaid. VOTE FOR ONE.

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Biographical Information

What motivates you to seek this office?

What do you think are the strengths of your school district and where is improvement needed?

Date of Birth February 5, 1995
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Education Ringgold High School Graduation: June 2013; valedictorian Washington and Jefferson College: May 2017 with a B.A. in Biochemistry with a minor in English Duquesne University: Pre-Doctoral Candidate in the Biological Sciences; Focus in Neurobiology
Qualifications For the past 4 years, I have been involved in the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students, both when I was in undergrad and graduate school. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge based on how students are prepared for their futures after high school. In addition, it has allowed me to see the weaknesses that need strengthened in our students.
As a prior Ringgold student, I understand what I was lacking moving forward into post-secondary education. In addition, I teach at the collegiate level. Through understanding the weaknesses of my students, I am hoping that I am able to better prepare our students for their futures. I would like to see education at Ringgold become competitive compared to surrounding districts, so that our students can be prepared when they enter into post-secondary education or the work-force.
Strengths: Our district provides opportunities for students at all levels to participate in STEM activities. Not only do these activities help students to learn, but they allow exposure to “real-life” situations that students will encounter during life. A vital educational strength that our district has is many of our teachers, who are dedicated and committed to teaching our students and aiding them in becoming successful. Our teachers are responsible for meeting every student where they are and helping them master the material that is being taught in their respective classes. Ringgold also provides many extracurricular activities that help students become well-rounded individuals.

Weaknesses: I believe that there are a few educational weaknesses within our district. First, I believe that we need to focus on assigning homework and assignments that reinforce what the teachers are teaching during their lessons. It seems as if students are completing work at home that is more “busy work”
Date of Birth 06/07/1966
Education 1984 Graduate of Greater Latrobe HS, Art Institute of Pittsburgh (Associate’s Degree)
Qualifications Current Ringgold School Board Director, Ringgold resident of 17 years, long-term Ringgold volunteer in many capacities
I am excited to continue with the new initiatives we have recently started at Ringgold. We are defining what their educational success should look like, and are implementing new programs to ensure all Ringgold students have the opportunity to succeed.
Ringgold is diverse, not only in our student population, but in our course offerings. Motivated students can excel with college-track courses, but we also offer technical classes, work-study, and career readiness classes to those who wish to be productive in the workforce. As a District, we definitely need more family interest and involvement, which will boost our students’ achievement and assist in changing the public perception of the District.