I have been a dedicated teacher for 16 years, and am an active mother of four children. My triplets are rising fourth-graders at Saw Mill Road School, and my youngest will start kindergarten in the fall. My husband is a firefighter, and we moved to North Bellmore about 10 years ago to raise our family.
I decided to run for the North Bellmore Board of Education because I think it is so important to have a trustee on the board that has children in our elementary schools. My children are both general education and special education students. My oldest son is on the autism spectrum, and I know first-hand how a strong special education department is essential in a successful school district.
I know what wonderful programs our district offers, but I also think we need to build upon our strong foundation and grow with the ever-changing times. I have spoken at board meetings regarding the importance of class size, flexible seating, sensory pathways and making technology more available for our children.
If elected, I will continue to advocate for all of our children so we can offer our students the programs and supports they need to grow academically, socially, emotionally and creatively. I will continue to explore the necessary avenues for our children to get back in the classrooms as safely as possible. I will use my experience as an educator to ask the important questions on issues regarding class size, technology and extra-curricular activities so our children are the ones who benefit.
My wife Marissa and I moved to Bellmore in 2001. Marissa is an educator in the Rockville Centre School District at the elementary level, and we have two children that attend school within the district. I was previously a board of education trustee for five years, and with your support I am looking forward to continuing that work.
I am an electrician for Local Union #3 IBEW. Within my profession, I have been selected to represent its members in various capacities, including the National Safety Council, which is responsible for the health and safety of all industries, as well as the LU3 Wage and Policy Committee, which is responsible for contract negotiations, policy creation, overseeing hiring practices and administering interviews, among others.
As a board of education trustee, I was a part of developing districtwide goals to grow instruction, install network upgrades, upgrade all safety and security measures and protocols, create new technology for instruction, and focus every aspect of the district’s social-emotional development. This was all done without exceeding the state tax cap and using the best cost to benefit ratio, both for the children within our schools and the taxpayers of our community.
I am proud of the time I have spent while on the board, and I believe that in these challenging times I am a great choice for every member of our community to be their voice. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay positive.