Most agree that making a run for any public office is a big decision. When the idea was first suggested - during a discussion with friends about our education system - - I dismissed it for all obvious reasons. “It’s a big commitment”, “I have three kids”, “I own a business” ... blah blah blah. The list of excuses is long, but that’s all it was - excuses. Running for NVR BOE would push me out of my comfort zone and present new challenges and of course that was a scary idea.
But deep down I knew that I would be good at this. By nature I’m a big thinker, problem-solver and a diplomatic people-person. I’m a consummate student and truly enjoy making an impact on the world around me. Then I began to think if it as a mother. My oldest is in 5th grade. It’s a three year term and will likely take a cycle to effect any change. So if not now, then when?
The final push to run came after a public session of the NVR BOE this summer. I took my oldest son Jack to the meeting with me figuring it would be a good civics lesson. On the way home I asked Jack what he thought about the experience. He said “I think you’re really brave”. And that was it. I submitted my paperwork the following week. I know that no matter what the outcome, I’ve set a great example for my kids and hopefully other individuals who feel they have something to contribute. #boe #boardofeducation #hp #ny #harringtonpark #northernvalley #education #bergencounty #mom #schools #highschool #commitment #impact #spillane #vote