My name is Barbra Marden. I have been a Shelburne resident since 2004. I am the mother of two school-aged children, a wife, full-time employee of a multi-national corporation, friend, and an active community member.
I am very excited to be running for the three-year term position on the Champlain Valley School District School Board. What qualifies me for this position?
I will bring a unique perspective to our educational system. Having grown up in the Ugandan education school system which is British-based; having lived in Italy where my children spent a year in the Italian educational system; having put myself through the American college system where I am now a candidate for a master’s degree in public administration from UVM (May 2018); and having been an active participant with the Shelburne Community School where my kids are currently 6th and 7th graders, I bring a world of experience and perspective on different education systems that gives me a sense of what to value in our educational system.
I am fully engaged in my community and school system. I have volunteered in the Shelburne Community School to work directly with children in grades 1-4 while teaching the Hands-on Nature Program. I continue to participate in the mentoring program. I have participated in some PTO activities. I am a member of the Town of Shelburne Social Services Committee. I also serve on the board of my congregation.
Working collaboratively within group settings and problem solving are my strengths. Professionally, I frequently work with CEOs, CFOs or chief technology officers of hospitals and medical providers to troubleshoot software issues related to medical records. This often requires me to pull in resources within the company from various departments. Usually, a team approach is required. Sometimes I play the lead role, and other times I am simply a member of the team. Sometimes it is my technical knowledge that leads to resolution, and other times it is my ability to find and pull diverse people together. What is important is reaching resolution collectively. These skills will help address and solve the complex issues that our schools might encounter today.
I am hereby asking for your support and vote.