King's bio was printed out along with bios from the other three candidates for the Columbia Missouri National Education Association school board candidate forum Thursday evening.
Long ago (well, sort of) in Westerville, Ohio, I grew up in a town much like Columbia, MO. Westerville was a community who supported public education and had great access to higher education, both in our town and in Columbus. My parents raised me to be supportive of public education in many ways. Graduating a three sport athlete, Buckeye Girls State and Who’s Who, I entered Miami of Ohio in 1984. Playing Division I basketball taught me about dedication, commitment and helped me decide how I wanted my college life to read. For all four years, I was heavily involved in my sorority, Miami University Student Foundation and various other clubs and intramural sports. Little did I know my childhood in Westerville and college experiences would help shape me into a full time Community Volunteer.
After college, my career with State Farm Insurance began in a supervisory role. After moving into Claims, I was back in leadership until January 2009. During my time, among many committees and work groups, I chaired out Partners in Education Committee from 2002-2007. This was another step which put me on my current path. Working for a large organization in which employee input, customer service and strong fiscal management were the top three strengths has prepared me for Columbia Public Schools. After all, we are a large school district; we value our employee’s thoughts and ideas and need to hear from our community and families. Additionally, since we manage everyone else's hard earned money to run our district, it is of the utmost importance we are fiscally sound with that money.
Over the past three years, my BOE committees have included Finance, Communications (Chair 09-11), Columbia Public School Foundations, Long Range Facilities, Student Achievement and Wellness. My overall community involvement since April 2009 has grown as well. I currently serve on the Community Impact Committee – Education – for the United Way, member of Assistance League of Mid Missouri, active PTA member – Paxton Keeley PTA (Chair of two committees) Columbia Youth Basketball Association (CYBA) Board Member and I coach both my son and daughter’s teams.
Prior to making the leap to full time volunteer, I served on the Columbia Montessori School Board of Directors for five years (2002-07). While there I served as Treasurer for one year and Board Chair the last four years. This time of my life really prepared me for board work, and the importance of the diversity of adults coming together for the common objectives: to create the best learning environment for the students and hiring/retaining the best staff.
Having well-educated students in any environment is highly dependent on the three legs of the chair: Informed and caring community members, energetic and dedicated teachers and employees of the schools and engaged families. These three areas have been and will continue to be my focus for the next three years.
My family, husband, Alan, of 16 years and two children, Nicholas, 13 (7th grader Smithton Middle School), and Emily, 10 (4th grader Paxton Keeley Elementary), are very active. Both children play basketball and competitive baseball/softball. Alan and Nicholas are involved in Boy Scouts, and Emily loves to sing and is looking forward to 5th grade choir. Hobbies of mine include running/working out and hanging with my friends and family. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself.