Candidate for Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee
Growing up in rural Appalachia in the midst of socio-economic inequality showed me that all families want to be treated with respect and dignity. Parents and guardians passionately want their children to do better and realize education is the pathway. Rural communities should operate with two-way respect, with each individual and their contributions yielding success. All human beings desire respect and dignity because they appreciate equality and sincerity. PTA’s mission is to be inclusive and engage all families to be more reflective of our communities. Engaging families in the decisions being made for our children is more important than ever as we look to elevate and secure their place in our global economy.
State nominating committees have their challenges, applications may be few and not all applicants are well suited for the positions. It is important to look at all aspects of the applicant and position to be confident each person has the skill levels to best serve PTA and have personal success in their service. Knowing our stakeholders will give us new leaders to develop, it is imperative we continue to broaden our search for the future of PTA. With training and resources, we will ensure members have the tools and skills to advocate on behalf of all children. I have provided presentations, trainings and simply listened to local leaders. I shared a welcoming environment and solid training that gives them hope to succeed in their own communities.
I value every experience that PTA has offered me. Our association’s body of knowledge, advocacy, and programmatic excellence has given us the tools and skills to advance family engagement in all communities at multiple levels. In the end, it is not just us as individuals, but we as the PTA community which serves the greater good for families in engagement.