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Election 2016: Osseo School District 279 School Board Candidate Heather Douglass

Oct 27, 2016 10:08PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Heather Douglass

Heather Douglass is among 10 candidates on the 2016 election ballot for three seats on the Osseo School District 279 School Board.

Osseo School District 279 candidates were asked several questions via email by Maple Grove Voice. Below are the responses from Heather Douglass.

Q: What is your professional/personal background as it relates to the Osseo School District/School Board? I am a married second generation Osseo graduate, and have four children, future third generation District 279 graduates. I currently live in Osseo and have lived in the district for nearly 25 years. I am a life-long learner, always seeking to educate myself. I have over twelve years of experience in early childhood education as childcare provider; I continue to participate in Early Childhood & Family Education as a parent, and been a parent volunteer in various district schools for over four years. As a former student of and current volunteer in this district I have hands on knowledge and experience in our schools and community. My experience in childcare has provided me with the ability to appropriately navigate important decisions concerning students. As a successful business owner I consistently made fiscally responsible decisions with integrity. I care deeply about the success of our student in this great district.

Q:  Why are you running for office?

A:  I am running for office because I have a huge investment in our community on a deeply personal level. As a student I was raised and taught by some of the greatest teachers I've ever met. Teachers that have made life long impacts on my own life in such a positive and profound way. I want each child in our district to experience this level of greatness. Right now our district is experiencing significant numbers of students and teachers leaving the district. This affects our students, teachers, support staff, and our community socially, economically, and culturally and as a board member I want to address this head on, while addressing other critical issues including, but not limited to, closing the achievement gap, special education, and safety in schools.

Q:  How do you feel you can make an impact by serving on the Osseo School District School Board?

A:  I am driven, hardworking and determined. My ability to listen to others and collaborate to come to sound, rational and appropriate decisions would be an asset to the board. Asking hard questions, researching and educating myself comes naturally to me and will allow me to have confidence in the my opinions and to work together with the rest of the board. In addition to years of experience working directly with children, I also have experience working with concerned parents and would encourage every parent to become involved members of our community.

Q:  What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the school district?

A:  Closing the achievement gap is clearly one of many issues facing our district, but also one of the most important; closing the achievement gap is more than statistics. It is imperative that we provide additional support for teachers and students in the classroom and at home. As a district, we need to address cultural and socioeconomic issues facing our students. To be capable of success in the classroom each student, teacher and staff person needs to feel safe and welcome; basic needs, learning styles and curriculums need to be balanced according to need.

Q:  What would you like voters/community members to know about you?

A:  As a member of this community, voters should know that I am committed and invested in the success of our district and the impact it has on our community. I would invite voters to reach out to me directly through my website if they have any further questions about me or my position.

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