I’m running for re-election to the Plainfield Board of Education because I don’t want my children or anyone else’s kids to go through what I did as a student.

At one of New York City’s worst elementary schools, I was passed from one grade to the next, getting all A’s. It wasn’t until 9th-grade honors biology class that I discovered how little I actually knew. I didn’t understand a thing that teacher was saying. Even after graduating, I had to attend remedial classes in college. And it wasn’t until working on Wall Street as a word processor that I learned to write well.

Approximately 10 years ago, I left Wall Street to take care of my three grandnieces, whom I have now adopted. I took a job within the school district at Cook Elementary School as an attendance secretary so that I could be close to the girls and stay on top of what they were learning.  I went on to the City of Plainfield Department of Recreation as a recreation leader. My position now is in the Senior Center as a senior community service representative.

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Since my election to the board in 2016, I have acted as the eyes and ears of the public. When I see something possibly unethical going on, I call it out. When I hear residents’ concerns, I voice them at meetings. I am fearless! I will speak my mind.

Re-electing me to the board means you will have a representative who is totally transparent. I will continue to keep your best interests at heart and fight—always—FOR OUR CHILDREN.