Retired social worker: Mitzi Bauer for North Clackamas schools
Mitzi Bauer needs to be reelected to continue her hard work as a member of the North Clackamas School District (NCSD) Board.
As a school social worker for over 30 years, with over 20 of them in NCSD, I continue to be impressed with the hard work and support Mitzi Bauer has given NCSD and its families. Before as a community member and later as a NCSD board member, Mitzi has volunteered countless hours to make sure measures were taken to meet the needs of all students and families in the school district.
Mitzi is smart, organized, compassionate and an incredible listener as well as a doer. She would attend multiple meetings before, during and after school hours to hear what families were saying about their children's experiences and needs.
Mitzi also helped underserved families build their own voices helping them to access multiple opportunities to speak at board meetings, community forums, and the state Legislature by encouraging them emotionally, helping to arrange transportation or child care, or accessing funding for them so they could be heard. Mitzi was able to see the whole child, not just the test scores, to understand these needs and know how to put stories and data into action steps to get services for kids and families to be more successful in school.
Mitzi Bauer knows how to make tough decisions within a budget, when there was enough and when there was limited funds. She has done this for years. When the budget was tight, she would work hard to advocate for what is needed in Salem and with private community organizations.
Mitzi knows how to fight for all students and families in North Clackamas. We need her experience and expertise in NCSD. I enthusiastically endorse Mitzi Bauer for Position No. 6 of the NCSD Board.
Ellen Baltus, LCSW, is retired as a school social worker at Lot Whitcomb Elementary in Milwaukie.
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