Kim on the Issues
My husband and I both lived and graduated from Savannah in the 1970’s. My husband joined the Air Force shortly after my freshman year in college. My parents and two of his siblings have lived in Saint Joseph since that time so we have kept up on life in Saint Joseph through many visits over the years. We still feel a part of this community and have returned to family to serve both.
As a military family, we have lived and raised two sons in California, Italy, Washington, Mississippi, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, and Illinois. I have taught everything from kindergarten through college, and college education endorsement courses. I have worked as a paraprofessional, substitute teacher, elementary teacher, middle and high school teacher, adjunct college professor and vice-principal. I have taught in Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Arizona, and Missouri, in both public and private settings. I have taught in Native American culture, in Polynesian culture, in military culture, in Chamorro culture, and in environments where children might attend without shoes or in others where the children had every possible advantage to learning. I learned so much about diverse cultures!
We have also taken in children through Foster Care and learned to be advocates for them as they process their circumstances while navigating through different schools. Most of these children needed extra help in learning because they fell behind their peers in learning skills. So I feel that I have some experience and insight regarding schools and students. I am also a licensed therapist and my practice in the past has been more directed to children and parents.
Many schools in Saint Joe are falling into disrepair. What would you do to see schools maintained and upgraded?
Would you be in favor of mandating face masks or vaccinations of students within the school district? Please elaborate.
How will you encourage community interaction and receive community feedback about the state of Saint Joseph Schools?
Do you support transgender-inclusive or lgbtq+ policies for schools such as bathroom and locker room inclusion based on someone's preferred gender?