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What are my qualifications?

My professional training as an actuary, complemented by the wide range of my volunteer experiences, make me well qualified for a position on the school board.  As a long-time volunteer, I have been involved at the community, school and district level.   Currently serving on the board of directors of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the St. Paul JCC, I am also chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission of Mendota Heights.  As an actuary, I understand data, statistics and fact-based decision making. I also understand budgets and finances.  Over the years, my volunteer roles in our schools have ranged from PTA treasurer to the Sibley Senior Party Committee and everything in between!  In the past three years I have become involved at the district level.  This past year, I served on the Facilities Utilization Committee and the Parent Advisory Network and am currently on the Facilities Task Force.  I was also a member of the SRAC (Strategic Redesign Advisory Committee).  In 2011, I was one of the key leaders in the successful Vote Yes campaign to pass the most recent levy.

Why am I running?

I will bring an important perspective, skill set and voice to the school board.  As an active volunteer in the community and as a parent, especially that as of a recent graduate, I have insight into the ways we can best prepare our students so they are successful through and beyond high school.  In addition, my work at the district level has given me an appreciation and knowledge of each of our schools as well as the district as a whole. I will bring a wide variety of skills to the school board, gained through my work in both the non-profit and private sectors.  These skills include leadership, analysis, consensus building, governance, evaluation and policy.  I will bring a voice to the school board that would represent the residents of our district and the best interest of our students.  I am running for school board because I am truly inspired by our supportive community, engaged families, bright students and some of the most amazing teachers I have ever met!  I believe that the time is right and that our schools would benefit from my commitment to excellence in our schools as a member of the school board.


What are my goals?

Increase Student Achievement. With the passage of the 2011 levy, increased enrollment and leadership transition behind us, our district must now focus on student achievement. In all aspects of education, we need to serve the varied needs of our learners.  We must leverage technology, invest in best practices and personalize learning in order to bring out the best in all of our students and to close the achievement gap.  Finally, we must examine what it means to “achieve” and align our goals so that students graduate from Sibley fully prepared to follow their dreams.

Build Relationships.  Our community is growing and vibrant.  As we grow, we must actively seek new partnerships that will strengthen our schools.   Engaging our community will help our students build a successful future.  Sharing resources with other districts, technology, job training, alumni connections, higher education, and community service are just some of the areas that hold promise for our students as they journey through school and prepare to enter the workforce.

Secure our Future.  The success of our students is dependent upon policies and practices that are sustainable in the long term.  In an ever changing world, we will be successful only if we adapt and change to varying conditions.  We must ensure the financial health of our district by working together to make what will inevitably be, at times, difficult choices.   Accommodating our increasing student body along with implementing our strategic framework are important issues in our district.  We must attract and retain students in an environment where there is choice.  Our public schools must be responsive to the needs of our students by providing the finest teachers and staff, a challenging learning environment and a wide variety of opportunities for enrichment.
What is my leadership experience?

·        Commissioner, Mendota Heights Parks and Recreation (2010 – present, chair 2012- present)

·        Board Member, Greater Twin Cities United Way (2010- present)

o   Community Impact Committee

o   Systems Change and Innovation Committee

o   Basic Needs Committee

·        Board Member, St. Paul Jewish Community Center (2008 – present)

o   Executive Committee

o   Governance Committee

o   Cultural Arts/Bookfair Committee

·        National Council of Jewish Women St. Paul Section

o   President (2004-2006)

o   Treasurer  (1996-1998, 2010-present)

o   Chair, Stuff for School (school supplies to 160,000 St. Paul Public School kids) 2000-2010

o   Advocacy

·        Board Member, Friendly Hills Middle School PTA

o   PAN (Parent Advisory Network) representative (2012-2013)

o   VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools), various committees

·        ISD 197 Facilities Task Force (present)

·        ISD 197 Facilities Utilization Commission (2012-2013)

·        ISD 197 Strategic Framework (2013)

·        ISD 197 SRAC (Strategic Redesign Advisory Committee) (2011)

·        Leadership team, VOTE YES Committee to pass the levy (2011)

·        Henry Sibley High School Senior Party Committee

·        Board Member, Mendota Elementary School PTA (2000-2007)

o   Treasurer, various committees


Husband: Jimmy Levine

Education:  BS Mathematics at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, MA Mathematics (emphasis in Statistics) Univ. of MN

Career:  Actuary (A.S.A., E.A.– Pension Actuary).  Currently a community volunteer.
Children: Josh (Sibley Graduate 2013), Elana (11th grade Sibley), Maya (9th grade Sibley)
I feel that my experience, commitment and passion for our schools makes me a strong choice for a seat on the School Board.  I would be proud to earn your vote.  Please vote Tuesday, November 5.  Thank you for taking time to learn more.

I want to hear from you!  Please contact me:   stephanie4schoolboard@gmail.com