Tell us a little about yourself:
I am married to Spencer. We met in college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. We have three children – Paige, age 13 and in 7th grade, Spencer, age 11 and in 6th grade, and Connor, age 7 and in 2nd grade.
How are you connected to Mattawan Consolidated Schools?
We relocated to Michigan from New Jersey in the summer of 2015. We have moved extensively and a primary factor in choosing where we live is always the educational options. We researched both public and private schools and spoke with several of my husband’s colleagues and others with children in elementary, middle and high schools. Mattawan schools were most often mentioned at the top of the list.
This year marks our fourth year in the district and we have been incredibly pleased with the quality of education, dynamic teachers, community spirit, and vision for the schools’ future.
What brought you to MPEF?
I would like to be a part of carrying out the vision for the future and think MPEF offers me the best opportunity. While we have supported a few of the MPEF events in the past, it wasn’t until recently that I truly understood the important work of the foundation. MPEF provides necessary funds to help bridge the gap between the funding the school receives from the state government to educate each student and what it truly costs. The difference is staggering and points to a great need that is mostly unrecognized among school families. I hope to be a part of educating our school families and the wider Mattawan community about ways they can help support MCS today and in the future.
Real life outside of MPEF?
I spend most of my time shuttling our three children from one thing to the next, and am most grateful for that opportunity! I am also the Director of Special Projects for a small marketing, advancement, and strategic thinking consultancy. The firm specializes in linking private schools, families, and communities. I recently switched to this role to allow for more time with my family and to volunteer to a greater degree in the community. In addition to MPEF, I am involved with various MLEAP and MMSPA activities and events. I also volunteer weekly with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo tutoring students in the fifth grade.
What inspires you about MPEF and Mattawan Consolidated Schools?
I have heard teachers discuss the value of the Brain Strong awards in their classroom and the benefit to their students. I am inspired by the idea that increased fundraising would allow MPEF to fund more awards which will in turn influence the way teachers deliver an education and Mattawan students experience learning.
Do you have an educational memory that has stuck with you through the years?
As a sophomore in high school, our class visited New York City. We spent four days seeing the historic sights, visiting museums, and attending a variety of shows. The experience gave me a deep appreciation for our country’s history and the arts.