After growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I attended De Paul University graduating with a degree in Political Science and subsequently attended UIC John Marshall Law School focusing on trial advocacy. I then moved to Connecticut for the first time in 2003. After spending time back in the Chicago area my husband and I moved to West Granby, with our two sons in 2016. We chose West Granby because of the small town atmosphere, the beautiful backdrop and the excellent school system. For fourteen years I worked for Chubb Insurance in Simsbury, most recently as an Assistant Vice President and Executive Claim Director. I have since transitioned to TDC Specialty Underwriters as an Assistant Vice President of Claims. I have also spent time in private legal practice and as a coach for mock trial teams at the High School and University levels.
As my eldest son begins kindergarten I have made the decision to seek a seat on the Board of Education to build on our schools’ foundation of excellence and keep our school system moving forward. I strongly believe that a quality educational system is the most important investment a municipality can make toward a thriving community. Our local school systems have the precious opportunity to influence the lives of every single person, by providing a quality education to every student and strengthening the value of our property.
I believe that each, and every, child has strength and talent. This leads to a steadfast understanding that education is the road map to ensure that every student is able to flourish and then maximize their individual path to success. Education is not all about a degree, indeed it is a method by which each student is encouraged to explore the full range of their abilities whether it be math, science, art, music, writing, sports or the trades. I am committed to letting each child discover what they excel in – nobody knows what a student is capable of until the student is given the chance to explore.
Great teachers are the backbone of any successful educational enterprise, we need to support our teachers as a community. The strength of our teachers, and the school system, is essential for providing the growth of our children and the community at large.
I am a newcomer to local politics and became a member of the Granby Democratic Town Committee in 2018. In order to facilitate the vision I have outlined we must, as a board, maintain the highest standards of communication with the people of Granby. Additionally we must be committed to complete transparency when it comes to the business of the school system, our community should expect nothing less of us, clear visibility into all decisions that impact the students and the rest of the municipality is vital.
I am certain that my experience as a negotiator, with a track record of solving complex problems, prepares me for the opportunities that are before us. Those experiences have seasoned me as an experienced listener, with a history of crafting solutions based on the unique perspectives of all parties involved. I believe that these experiences translate well to a community that has concerns and demands someone that is eager to listen and build solutions to share success.