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D65 Profile: Eileen Budde

District 65 school board candidate Eileen Budde, of 1022 Greenwood St., is a math tutor and former math teacher.

Family

Budde and her husband Shawn have three daughters — Katie, 14; Julia, 11, and Lizzie, 7 — who attend Nichols Middle School and Dewey Elementary School.

Education

Master's of education from Rutgers University. Bachelor's in engineering from Cornell University.

In her own words

Opening statement at Feb. 10 candidate forum at Haven Middle School.

Hello, my name is Eileen Budde, and I'm running for school board because I want to serve the community and as a parent, teacher and PTA president, I have a lot to offer on the board.

My immediate family chose to settle in Evanston three years ago for the same reason that my husband's family chose it 40 years ago — the excellent schools and the diverse community.

Here our children have teachers with high academic expectations, which is crucial, because the competition our children will face in college and their careers is greater than ever.

I want to ensure that we prepare all of our children for success in high school and in college.

We should benchmark ourselves against the best schools and use meaningful measures to evaluate our progress.

We should also benchmark our spending against districts that get the highest achievement for their taxpayers' investment.

As a teacher, a parent with three children in schools and a PTA president, I understand the competing demands on children, families and teachers. I will be a strong advocate of solutions that work for all.

I believe great teachers are our district's most valuable asset. We need to do everything we can to assure that all of our children are taught by highly qualified teachers.

I was a math teacher. I have taught a wide variety of students and I know the challenges teachers face serving a diverse community and maintaining high standards for all children.

Good training and collaboration with colleagues are very important when learning to serve children in new ways.

On the school board I will work to ensure that we provide teachers with the tools they need to help all of our children succeed.

The school board should act as a liaison between the community and the administration. I believe transparency and clear communication are crucial in creating an atmosphere of trust between parents and the district.

As a school board member I intend to continuously educate myself on the issues and persistently ask good questions, so we can do our best for all of Evanston's children. 

Campaign website

EileenForDistrict65.com

Other resources

Profile on PTA Council website

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