I am a 24-year resident of Newton, having moved here in 1991 with my husband, Robert Krauss. Our son is a student at Newton North High School. I have served on the school committee since January 1, 2014. As a school committee member my roles include: member of the city audit committee; member of the district communications sub-committee; liaison to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and to our representatives in the legislature; and member of the Cabot School Building Committee.
My focus personally and professionally is on education.
For more than a 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 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.
I hold an MBA from Northeastern University's D'Amore McKim School of Business 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.
Consistent with my focus on education, I have invested a great deal of time and effort in Newton schools as a member not only of the school committee, but 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 have also served 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.