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USD 232 De Soto District 6 BOE

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    Emily Carpenter

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Biographical Information

What would be your top three priorities if elected?

What skills, expertise, experience, or competencies qualify you for this position?

How would you suggest your school district address diversity issues for the most positive outcome?

With the recent pandemic, what technology or innovative changes do you envision for the district?

Personal Biography Emily was was born and raised in Wellsville, where her father served on the school board for 24 years. Emily graduated from Emporia State where she was a renowned student athlete, earning accolades as the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Year, Academic All-American of the Year and NCAA Kansas Woman of the Year in 2001. Married to her to Derrick for 18 years, together they have four children and are very invested in the De Soto School District.
Campaign Phone (479) 381-7143
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Education Wellsville High School, graduated 1997 Emporia State University, graduated 2001
Community/Public Service Emily coaches youth basketball, serves in her church and Bible Study Fellowship as a children's leader. Her family has been a Protective Home for children in Johnson County for the past 7 years.
Student Education: Education needs to be refocused on basic, essential curriculum that builds a foundation for learning. Education should unite and not divide students. Teach students how to learn through teaching critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills. Educators should teach students how to think, not what to think.

Improve Student Success By Supporting Our Teachers: It is important to provide teachers with the support they need to fully focus on educating our children. Create smaller class sizes which will allow for more individualized instruction, and ensure adequate planning time for teachers.

Pursue Authentic Transparency By Listening to the Community: Representing the community must include open conversations with the community. Listen to their ideas and concerns, all while making student achievement the priority. If a question is asked it needs to be answered with truth and transparency, fully informing the community of all decisions.
I am a parent of 4 children, 3 currently attend school in the district. I have a freshman in high school, an 8th grader in middle school and a 4th grader in elementary school. I also have a 3 yr old, so I am invested for the long run in our school district. Over the last 16 months, I have attended school board meetings. I have personally spoken at those school board meetings. I have also spoken to 5 of the 7 current board members over the phone and each conversation lasted over an hour with each board member. I have had several phone conversations with both Frank and Alvie, our district superintendent and assistant superintendent. I have reviewed the oath of office that all school board members sign when elected, agreeing to support the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Kansas. And lastly, I have reviewed the entire Board of Education Policy Handbook.
Education should unite and not divide students. A student’s education should never be based on one’s sex, race or gender identity. And that education should take place in a safe and loving environment for ALL students regardless of sex, race or gender identity. Every student and teacher is a human being with individual rights and those individual rights are protected. Each individual has the freedom to enjoy what is his/hers/theirs as long as it does not harm or infringe upon the rights of others. No one (students or teachers) should ever be afraid to be themselves. Schools need to be a place where kindness is taught and respect for others is expected by all individuals. If elected, I would be just 1 of 7 board members. But I assure you, I would advocate that all individual rights would be protected and kindness and respect be shown to ALL.
I believe our district will be providing more career and technical education opportunities with the addition of The Cedar Trails Exploration Center, which is part of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies. I am excited for our district and our community to have this amazing addition. You can learn more about Cedar Trails Exploration Center here:
Personal Biography I grew up in Emporia, Kansas, and graduated from Emporia State University. My husband and I moved to Shawnee in 2004. I have three kids, Foster (16), Will (14), and Haley (11). My husband I own a digital marketing company, Lure Creative.
Campaign Address 21908 W 56th Terrace
Campaign Phone (913) 909-4418
Campaign Email
Campaign Web Site
Education Emporia State University BS English
Community/Public Service Parent-Teacher Organization Board Member for Prairie Ridge Elementary 6 years. Fundraising Chair for 7 years. Worked on fundraising for MTMS and Mill Valley Football team. Aided School of Religion class for Sacred Heart Church for 7 years. Helped with various charity drives.
I would like to increase communication/transparency with the community and the parents. I want to promote the trade school path that the school district is already enhancing. I want to advocate for the teachers and staff along with the students.
My time in PTO has given me lots of experience in working with students, staff, parents, and the community. It has made me value and increase my communication and organizational skills. I also bring common sense and logic. I listen to experts and the people I am trying to advocate for.
We need to advocate for diversity, we need to be constantly growing in this area. We need training for our staff and teachers. We need to also recognize where we are and evaluate how we are going to get to where we want to be.
I believe that the pandemic has taught us that we need to be moving alongside technology not scrambling to catch up. Zoom saved classroom teaching but teachers had to learn this on the fly. As this technology grows we need to follow along. The school district from now on should always need to have a plan in place (and hope we never need it again). But now we can have a plan for extended snow days. This plan could possibly pertain to kids who might have an extended illness who can't come to school but would like to still feel connected to their teacher and classmates. We need to train our teachers and staff on multiple ways to teach and reach out to students. We have to keep up because the students need to be taught in a real-world scenario so they are prepared when they graduate. Also communicating with students is so much different now and it can help to teach self responsibility when all the information they need to know for a class is right at their fingertip