Candidate for Member Representative, Board of Directors
Each board member brings a unique collection of experiences, perspectives, and ideas to the table and the organization is made stronger by the diversity of the leadership. As for me, I am the daughter of an immigrant; a parent of four educated in public school; an advocate for equity in education; an experienced PTA leader at the local, county, and state levels for over twelve years; an active member of community and national service organizations; a former teacher; the former Department of Education Family Ambassador; and an executive assistant in a local school district.
In my first term as a Board member of National PTA, I applied my experience to conversations and decisions on the policy, budget and strategic direction of the organization and learned about the operations of the national office and state councils. It is a serious responsibility to be in this seat. At every step, I am mindful of the families dependent on our thoughtfulness and action as board members.
I constantly ask who are we benefitting, which children are we helping to uplift, and who are we leaving behind? I look around our organization and wonder: are we diverse in thought, in membership, in advocacy? I seek to learn from parents, our children, leaders and partners and to grow from these interactions. Is everyone heard? All this because in making decisions that benefit the organization and the children that National PTA represents, we must keep equity in the forefront of our work.
In being re-elected as a Member Representative, I will bring my experiences and knowledge, my questions and best ideas, and a passion and commitment to engage families, close the achievement gap which may grow wider with the current pandemic situation, and ensure equitable education for every child that enters the school doors.