I have a long-standing commitment
to education and our children, beginning with my degree
from the University of California in Psychology, with
emphasis in early childhood eduction. I did work-study
in this program to help pay for my degree working in the
Richmond, California School District, RONOH School, as
an aide from 1974 to 1976.
I moved in 1977 to take a job with
the Livingston, Montana School District in the Special
Education Department, as a certified teacher with the
ESEA Title One Program.
Carrying this same professional
interest in education with me to Poulsbo in 1986, I have
since served on the Olympic College North Kitsap Advisory
Committee, forerunner to the concept and design of the
now-existant Olympic College Poulsbo Campus. Further,
in addition to working with now-retired State Senator
Betti Sheldon in saving and securing the $13 million state-funded
construction money earmarked but threatened at the time,
I was instrumental in coordinating the Kitsap Public Utility
District fiber-optic lines to be worked into the final
buildout of the Campus plans. Today, due in part to this
work, Olympic College leads all other community colleges
state-wide in the implementation of 'e-learning'.
My committment to education extends
to the North Kitsap School District, where I served on
both the School Superintendent Search Committee that lead
to the hiring of current Superintendent Gene Medina, as
well as the 'key citizens' working group which annually
meets to hear of issues and concerns of the District.
In my capacity as Chair of the County's Regional Telecommunications
Committee, advise has been rendered the District which
has led to the KPUD's fiber-optic lines being utilized
by Century Tel in a contract to the schools.
The committment to educate our
next generation of leaders is imperative to the health
and security of our country, and world. I have an unshakable
faith in all of us working together to further this goal.