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President's Corner

Hello everyone! I am excited to be elected as the new President of the Eau Claire School Board. Here in the “President’s Corner” section of the website, I will share regular updates about my activities and about various topics of interest to students and families in the District. 

For over 160 years, Eau Claire’s public schools have been a crucial foundation of our community. A source of joy and inspiration, where the young and young at heart may savor the promise and challenge of the future. While we do face a great deal of systemic challenges, we have so many opportunities as well. We are living in an unprecedented time of connectivity and engagement - a new “Era of Innovation.” We have the chance to harness this opportunity.
 
As your President, I will encourage us all to be dreamers and innovators every day - to think outside the box and always seek to explore new opportunities.
 
As your President, I will frequently emphasize that we are the largest government entity in the Chippewa Valley in terms of our facilities, budget, and number of staff employed. We are a larger organization than any area city, county, or school district. We have a larger budget and employ more people than the area university and the technical college. We are also the eighth largest school district in Wisconsin, the third largest employer in the region, and we spend over $21 million with 610 area businesses every year. We are a true economic driver. I am telling you these things because the ECASD must consistently establish our role as a leading public entity in the Chippewa Valley - an institution that is bringing the community into the future through forward-thinking policies, innovative programs, and exciting methods of education. We must always be given a seat at the table as a crucial stakeholder. And if we aren’t given a chair to sit at, we are going to bring one.
 
Our District is truly the “Tomorrowland” of Eau Claire, building the future before our eyes.
 
The most powerful and important word in our District is the word, WE. Together, we have much to achieve. A great tomorrow is truly just a dream away, and I know that we will get there by working together.
 

“Celebrating our Teachers”
 
They taught us how to read, write, think critically & pursue our dreams. Happy World Teachers Day to all who shape a better future! This is a cherished picture with my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Krenz at Roosevelt Elementary School. She encouraged us to work hard, be true to ourselves & dream big. She nudged me to run for 4th grade classroom president and was the first person to endorse my election for school board 11 years later. Our 11,400 students are so fortunate to have such dedicated, compassionate teachers in the ECASD! Let’s all take a minute to thank a teacher and celebrate the work they do!