I am a 22-year resident of Newton, having moved here in 1991 with my husband, Robert Krauss. Our son is a student at Newton North High School.
My focus personally and professionally is on education.
For the past decade I have been a consultant to area non-profits in education, social services and public health, assisting my clients to align their programs with best practices and to articulate clear objectives in order to secure project funding from both government and private-sector sources.
My work focuses on areas of great relevance to Newton:
My work brings me in contact with state and national education leaders and with teachers, principals, superintendents, mayors, business leaders and school committee members in many school districts across Massachusetts. This experience informs my broad view of the education landscape and in-depth knowledge of best practices. Collaboration with education professionals is what I do every day.
One federally funded project I am currently working on brings me in contact with 44 elementary and K-8 schools in 11 districts around Massachusetts.
I hold an MBA from Northeastern University and have also worked in arts management, the technology industry and in public broadcasting. I have a Bachelor of Music degree. As a consequence, I am intimately aware of the importance of public school arts programs and how they support and improve academic performance. I’m interested in the new state emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs and have had the privilege to work with and learn about a STEAM academy – the Linden K-8 school in Malden.
I come from a family of educators. My mother taught elementary school music for 45 years in Missouri and Indiana. My father was a professor of music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for 30 years. My brother Tim teaches high school Social Studies in Greenville, NY and my brother Andrew has taught at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College.
Consistent with my focus on education, I have invested a great deal of time and effort in Newton schools as a member of school councils at Horace Mann, Day Middle School and Newton North and as a member of the Social Studies curriculum alignment committee, the Strategic Planning effort, where I chaired a subcommittee, the principal selection advisory committee at Day and the Full Day Kindergarten task force assembled by interim superintendent Jim Marini.
I also serve on the Education Committee of the Newton League of Women Voters and have been on the Board of Directors with the Newton Conservators for over a decade. I am one of the co-founders of the Newton Parents list serve, a city-wide discussion list for all things educational. I am also a co-founder of NewtonSTEM (www.newtonstem.org) an organization aimed at advancing STEM in Newton.