When my husband and I moved back to Indiana, we chose Brazil because of all of the wonderful things it has to offer. We have never regretted our decision.
We were familiar with Clay County because I was fortunate enough to do my student teaching at Northview with Dan Ullery about 20 years ago. He provided me an excellent foundation for me as a new teacher starting out.
My formal education consists of a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. However, books can't teach you what other people can and I felt I had the best person to help me begin my career as an educator.
We lived in Maryland for about eight years, where I taught high school social studies and coached cheerleading. We lived in Kentucky for one year, where I taught high school. I learned a great deal from both states' school systems.
When we returned to Indiana, my focus shifted to corrections education. I've prepared adult men for the GED Test in a correctional facility for 11 years now. I also facilitate an Associates Degree Program through a local university.
I'm particularly interested in ensuring every student gets the education they deserve in Clay Community Schools. Our community cannot afford to let anyone fall through the cracks.
I have also served as a selection committee member for the Wabash Valley Community Foundation in Clay County, which awards college scholarships to deserving students. After reviewing many applications and letters of recommendation, it was very apparent that many things are working extremely well in our schools. The credentials of the applicants were so impressive it was difficult to choose.
I would like to bring more scholarship money to our community through programs currently available and to generate additional scholarships. We have many talented students who deserve to go to college.
Lastly, I believe local schools are the cornerstone of a community's economy. Good schools attract new residents and businesses that pay taxes to fund the community and schools. We must respect the public and answer questions fully about how and why decisions are made regarding our spending and our schools.
We must continue to respect the school staff, teachers and administrators and pay them a fair wage for their hard work and dedication to the students. We need to concentrate on the basics in our schools and our community.
Clay County lies at the "Cross Roads of America," and can do so much to capitalize on its advantageous position. We can improve the community we love, and I believe it starts with our schools.