I grew up in Port Alexander just 90 miles south of Sitka on the southern tip of Baranof Island. After high school, I moved to Sitka and then eventually north, where I graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Associate of Arts degree. After spending some time in northern California, I returned home to Sitka, seven years ago, with my two children. My daughter Krista recently graduated from Sitka High School and my son Caleb is a junior at Pacific High School.
My experiences are diverse, from working as a deckhand, to serving as president of a parent teacher organization, to holding the Executive Director position with the Sitka Chamber of Commerce for over four years. Today I own and operate my own business, JI Design & Photography. I am currently on the Sitka School Board and am serving as Board President.
Why I Am Running For A Second Term
Education is a key component to the success and economic health of our community. It is through education that we create a skilled and diverse workforce. We should be fostering in our children a desire for higher education, helping them to set realistic and attainable goals while providing them with the skills to achieve them. The way that our children connect and engage continues to change as technology advances and it is vital that we provide the tools that they need to learn in today’s global classroom.
Public education is under attack. The legislature continues to cut funding while passing unfunded mandates, putting schools in a financially difficult position. During my term on the School Board, I have served as a legislative liaison for the district, traveling to Juneau each year to advocate for our schools. While incredibly important, speaking up for our children isn’t enough. We have to be realistic when it comes to our budget and I continue to fight for a conservative approach. We have a fiscal responsibility for not just our students today, but tomorrows students as well.
Most importantly, I am running for a second term because I believe in the Sitka School District and the quality education that we provide our students. I am proud to have my child enrolled in our district and have been blessed to serve on a School Board so dedicated to student success.
I hope to continue advocating on behalf of our students and would appreciate your vote on October 6th.
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