My motivation to run for the Rochester Public School Board goes beyond the fact that I have two children in the district and am invested in their education. I believe quality public education for all children is not merely a lofty ideal—it's a goal that is both attainable and sustainable, and one that we as a community can achieve together with the right leadership and support.
My experience as a school district leader and volunteer has prepared me for this office. My passion for public education and building a strong community will drive and energize my service to the board.
I have seen firsthand the best this district has to offer. I am continually inspired by the dedication of our teachers to give just a little – and sometimes a lot – more for the benefit of our kids. I am humbled by the students who overcome challenges today that were not imagined when I was growing up. The examples of positive relationships between the district and the community are encouraging.
But I have also seen the other side. I have worked with a child frustrated when she doesn't understand a lesson. I have felt the tension when teachers and staff realized just how much the latest round of budget cuts will impact their ability to do their jobs. The discord in the district has made headlines. I know we can change this.
I believe the Rochester School Board needs to refocus its energies on the students, the employees and the community, and it will be an honor to help reenergize and increase the effectiveness of the board.
Deborah grew up in Duluth, MN and is a second-generation graduate of Denfeld High School. After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis where she attended the University of Minnesota and earned her B.A. degree in English/Creative Writing. While in the Twin Cities, Deborah worked for several nonprofit organizations and Brown Institute which deepened her appreciation for quality education and the complexities of academic administration. Deborah and her husband, Tim, moved to Rochester 15 years ago, after he took a job at Mayo Clinic. She earned her Master of Education degree in Adult Education in 2001. They have two sons, North, a sixth grader at Friedell Middle School and Sawyer, a first grader at Churchill/Hoover Elementary.
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