I’m excited to share with you that I am a candidate for Ward One Alderperson on the Sycamore City Council! I recently retired after 48 years in the educational profession. I have resided in Sycamore for 43 years. I fell in love with this city where I truly believe that Life Offers More in Sycamore! I wish to invest my time and talent by serving on the Sycamore City Council as an Alderperson for Ward One.
I left my family home in Detroit in 1972 to pursue graduate studies at Northern Illinois University. My dad was a dedicated teacher and my mom a housewife caring for five children. Through their example, I learned the value of education as a way of preparing oneself to be of service to others in the world.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, a commuter school in downtown Detroit that I accessed via city bus transportation. This allowed me to live at home, work part-time to pay my tuition, and help around the house.
I taught middle school for three years and as much as I enjoyed it, I felt a yearning for something more. I selected NIU to begin my graduate studies, achieving both my masters and doctoral degrees.
Shortly afterwards, I joined the faculty at Aurora University. I eventually advanced into the administrative ranks as Dean. I served on a myriad of committees and most critically, as president of the faculty senate, a role that required the trust of my colleagues in the implementation of a shared vision.
I participated in a variety of volunteer activities because of my passion for serving others and building community:
Engagement in these activities provided me opportunities to learn about my community and its generous and caring residents. It taught me that leadership requires listening to others, solving problems by working together, and respecting others’ contributions. I’m eager to apply these skills as the Alderperson representing you on the Sycamore City Council.
I ask for your vote on or before April 4th.