Why I am running for position 3 on school board
My name is Heidi Klein and I am running as a write-in for position 3 on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. I have lived in West Linn for 21 years, and was even married at the McLean House.
My education background is in math and science, and I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. For over 20 years, I have worked in the field of computational chemistry, and currently work full-time as a director for a global company that specializes in physics-based computational tools used for drug discovery, biologics and materials research.
My work has given me considerable experience with building strategic business partnerships, improving existing and implementing new business processes, and facilitating internal and external collaborations across multiple departments. From these experiences, I have learned to excel at collaborating with people with diverse backgrounds and interests, stream-line bureaucracy, build consensus and achieve best possible outcomes.
I have 3 children in the WLWV school district, and have gotten great joy volunteering in their classrooms over the past several years. It is because of the joy and hope our children bring to their schools, this community and our world that I am running for school board.
Every child is created equal and is to be treated with dignity and respect. Children are our greatest treasure and tomorrow's leaders. Through strong education and hard work, each child has and is deserving of opportunities to reach their full potential.
After a year of Online/CDL/Hybrid, our children's biggest need is to get back into the classroom where the best education occurs with their teachers and friends. Since last year, they have overcome learning obstacles, been flexible with schedule changes, faced mental burn-out, and had entirely too much screen time. It's time for our kids to go back to school, brick and mortar, 5 days a week.
It is also important we get our kids caught-up academically. Students have had little classroom time and received less hours of instruction, which have set them back nationally and created an education gap between them and students in other states who've already returned to the classroom full-time. Moreover, without extracurricular activities and events, our kids are missing out on just being kids.
This past year, the district has also planned and implemented new infrastructure and curriculum changes with little transparency and involvement from parents and teachers. In particular, schools need to return to the standard curriculum requirements and give our children a solid foundation in reading, writing and arithmetic — all of which are necessary for our children to be
competitive nationally, whether with employment or continuing education.
As a school board member, I plan to:
1. Champion for students to return full-time to the brick and mortar classroom 5 days a where the best teaching and learning is done.
2. Promote curriculum and teaching that is focused on standard curriculum requirements, so students can catch up academically and be on-par with students nationally.
3. Promote and defend equality to ensure all students are treated with dignity and respect.
4. Improve transparency and parent/teacher involvement in infrastructure and curriculum decisions by reinstituting school collaboration groups called site councils.
Thank you for your support.
Heidi Klein is a write-in candidate for position 3 on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Learn more at HeidiKlein.org.
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