More than 20 years of experience as a journalist — covering everything from education to municipal government, from business to technology, and everything in between — has provided me a unique skill set that includes a capacity to absorb varied viewpoints and factual evidence; it has also cultivated an innate, inquisitive nature. While I don't purport to have all the answers, I have the desire to discover the best course of action across a variety of topics.

As a parent of three young children (Esmé, 5, Felix, 4, and Oliver, 3), I also have a vested interest that will span two decades in the district's quality of education and its efforts to serve a diverse and growing student population. Having moved to Maplewood in 2015 from Brooklyn, I am grateful for the level of parent participation within the district, and the high standards that have resulted from that involvement. Yet I believe that the board can do an even better job of communicating and itself achieving a higher standard of accountability and greater attention to the varied needs of its student population.