Putting My Experience
As a working, single father, my motivation to join the Bend LaPine School Board is defined by recent experiences and a sincere desire to advocate not only for my child, but also for all of the students in the district who have missed so much this past year. I recognize the profound suffering of children and parents alike, who have felt helpless over the last year as schools are not fully open and educational advancement has stalled. As a founding member of Open Bend LaPine Schools, an online group with almost 3,000 members, I have heard from countless parents expressing their disappointment, their hardships, and their heartaches in the face of having their kids deprived of in-person learning and the critical social development of school life. It has inspired me to make a difference on behalf of families who need a voice.
Since my daughter lost her mother three years ago to a tragic death resulting from mental health issues, I have dedicated myself fulltime to raising her to be a strong, healthy, independent young woman. Since school is vital to personal growth, I was hopeful that she would continue to thrive in her educational journey. But that all changed when schools closed, and, like so many others, she was forced to isolate at home with CDL. She went from being a thriving 5th grader with an early morning daily routine to not wanting to get out of bed. I know that this experience is repeated and shared by so many others. This can never be allowed to happen to our kids again, and I will be a dedicated advocate for families who value education and in-person instruction.