Carrie Lounsberry

Carrie Lounsberry

Carrie LounsberryAGE: 38

Why do you want to be a member of the ISD 199 School Board?
As a former public school teacher, my heart is in public education; I want to help ISD 199 thrive, thereby helping our community thrive. Having an active role in working with the administration to support our teachers is also a strong draw for me, offering them the resources they need to educate each child to the best of his/her ability. Finally, I want my children to be a part of a vibrant, diverse, strong district, and I would love to support the district in its efforts to grow and excel.

What experience do you bring to this position? How have your experiences prepared you to fulfill the responsibilities of a school board member?
I graduated from Bethel University in 2001 with a Language Arts Secondary Education degree and then taught in the White Bear Lake School District for 10 years. I believe that my time in the classroom will be a valuable asset to our board. I also believe that my experience as a mom of children at Hilltop Elementary School is important. While my children will be impacted by the decisions of the board, I would evaluate and make decisions that would be in the best interest of every student. In addition to my educational and parental experience, I am also gifted in facilitating effectiveness. I would love to help our board and district continue to improve in effectively serving our students, teachers, and community.

What are the most important issues concerning the Inver Grove Heights School District and how would you address them?
Firstly, I love that our district is growing in diversity. With this growth, I want to ensure that all students and families are warmly welcomed into our schools in ways that feel most comfortable for them. This may require us to look at lunch menus as well as what stories are included in our curriculum. I would love to help our community grow in honoring the diversity around us and learning from each other. Secondly, I hope to increase the lines of communication between our community and our schools. Eighty percent of our community does not have school-aged children. Let’s work to ensure that they still feel connected to and proud of our schools and our students.

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