Cheryl and her husband have lived in Edmond since 1988. One of the primary reasons they moved to Edmond was the public schools.
During the years their 2 boys attended Edmond schools, Cheryl volunteered numerous hours, serving in the PTOs at each school the boys attended.
When Edmond redistricted for the 4th Middle School (Central), Cheryl worked diligently to start the PTO at the new school and was the first elected PTO President. Additionally, she designed and published monthly Parent Newsletters for Central Middle School parents, gathering articles from each teacher / team to keep the parents informed. Other efforts included the implementation of PTO activities that continue today (parent directories, school supply orders as fundraisers, as well as reward programs such as Tiger Diner).
Both boys are graduates of Edmond North. Their older son is now a History teacher, High School baseball/basketball coach as well as a High School sports official. He is a strong leader and trainer, both in and out of the classroom. As a sports official, he trains new umpires for baseball and is well respected across the state.
Their younger son enlisted in the US Army and was quickly accepted into OCS and became a Recon Officer. After graduation from OCS, he deployed to Afghanistan with the Arctic Warriors stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He is a decorated Army veteran, receiving the Bronze Star and numerous other medals and awards. He has returned to the private sector and is currently pursuing a career in cyber-security.
Currently, 3 grandchildren attend Edmond Public Schools. Their oldest grandson is a graduate of Edmond North, just like his Dad. As grandparents, they continue supporting the "grands" in their sports and other school activities.
Our children (and grandchildren) deserve an education that gives them the skills needed to succeed in life. It is vital that the basics of reading, writing, math, history and science be the bulk of their education experience. But it is also important to include opportunities for art, music, sports, technology and life skills such as family and consumer sciences, budgeting and finances.
So many of our classroom teachers are doing a phenomenal job teaching grade level subject matter to their students. But they also are dealing with discipline issues, added duties outside of the classroom, as well as being asked to handle non-subject matter assignments. The mental and emotional drain on the teachers must be addressed through common sense, proven solutions so they can find the joy of teaching again. Retention of good teachers must become the focus of the district!
Parents and grandparents need to be welcomed back into the school buildings. With their help, teachers can focus on teaching while parents / grandparents help their student's teacher prep for their classroom tasks and projects. Parents and grandparents are a valuable resource and want to be team players, just like we were in the past. Our kids deserve an education environment that is conducive to learning. And our teachers deserve to know how much they are appreciated AND that parents/grandparents support them.
If elected to the Edmond School Board, I will work to improve communication between the community, parents and the district. It is important that we work to rebuild the confidence of parents and the community that Edmond Public Schools are teaching approved age-appropriate curriculum and providing a safe environment where students can learn. We must get back to the basics of education that does not undermine the values of our families or this community.