As a former Special Education teacher, a parent of a Livonia Public School 7th and 9th grader, a current LPS Substitute Teacher, and PTA President, I look forward to this opportunity to continue serving this community at the School Board level.
As a Livonia Public Schools parent, I have been fully invested in the quality of education being provided to our students since my oldest began attending school in 2010. I have often found myself advocating for not only my children, but all students at their schools. This advocacy carried me into the various leadership positions held at the PTAs where my sons have attended school.
As an educator, I have established myself as a sensible, hard-working and knowledgeable leader committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students. My work ethic and drive have paved the way for strong partnerships with not only the families I have served but the educational team at each school also.
Throughout the years, I have been drawn to serving on the Livonia School Board in order to be a part of the decision-making process. My ability to provide perspective and openness to listening to differing viewpoints, has encouraged community stakeholders to support this decision.
Board members rely on their knowledge and experience when adopting policies, aligning the budget with long-term district goals, as well as, evaluating the superintendent.
As a Livonia parent, educator, and leader, I am confident that I have both the knowledge and the experience to serve on the Livonia School Board and continue to drive its mission forward.
Nico and I have been partners in this life journey for 15 years and have enjoyed parenting our two sons: Antolino (Tino) and Dante. We became Livonia Public Schools parents when Tino began his educational career at the Jackson Learning Center in 2010. At the time, I was a Special Education teacher in Southwest Detroit. Once he entered Garfield Elementary, I became more involved in his educational experience--volunteering at PTA events and in the classroom whenever possible. As a family, we have wholeheartedly supported our sons in their extracurricular activities, such as the LJAL Falcons where we volunteered for 6 years (with Nico as a volunteer coach), and the Robotics team (RoboRaptors and RoboHawks)
My experience with education dates back to my high school years when I worked as a Bilingual Paraprofessional for the Grand Rapids Summer Migrant Program. My work with academically and socially marginalized communities has been a common thread throughout my professional career. My work within Detroit Public Schools (as a Bilingual Educational Technician at Southwestern High School and Western International High School), Cesar Chavez Academy (as a Special Education Teacher, and School Community and Homeless Liaison), as well as my long-term substitute teaching assignments within Livonia Public Schools has afforded me the ability to confidently advocate, and be a voice, for ALL children while understanding the needs of teachers and staff.
In the last five years, I have had the opportunity to be a member of the PTA/PTSA Executive Board at Riley and Holmes, with my current position as the PTSA President at Stevenson High School. My continuous drive to be of service to the LPS community led to my participation in the Return to Learn Task Force where I served alongside other community stakeholders this summer on one of the Business/HR subcommittees. My previous leadership experience includes my work as a Program Manager for a Supplemental Educational Service company and my many years of dedication to the National Board for Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc. where I served as a Risk Manager/Public Relations Officer, Chapter Advisor, and Recording Secretary