Evanston Township High School board candidate Cherie Hansen, of 550 Wesley Ave., is a stay-at-home mom and community activist.
Update: Hansen announced March 1 that she is withdrawing from the race, but because she withdrew so late, her name will still appear on the ballot.
Hansen and her husband Jon have two sons, Blake and Ian, who are students at ETHS, and Hansen has a daughter, Rachael, from a previous marriage who is an ETHS graduate.
Hansen attended Northern Illinois University and Barat College.
In her own words
Opening statement from Feb. 22 candidate forum at ETHS. (Hansen did not attend the Feb. 10 candidate forum at Haven Middle School because of a family emergency.)
I came to Evanston over 20 years ago as a newly-divorced single mom, looking for a community that my daughter could receive a great education in, in a diverse setting.
I fell in love with Evanston because I love the richness of its diversity and the passion of its people.
I’m now remarried and a mother of three. My oldest, Rachel, graduated from ETHS in 2003, and I have two sons here, Ian. who’s a junior, and Blake, who’s a freshman.
My vision for ETHS is that all students be afforded an excellent education and have equal opportunity to all available resources necessary for a rich and rewarding experience inside and outside of the classroom.
I want to continue the culture of high expectations.
How do we accomplish this? I think, number one, by make sure all of our children are achieving at their highest level.
Number two, making sure we continue our goal of retaining and hiring top-rate instructors.
Three, having meaningful and real collaborations with Distrct 65 so our children can have a consistent curriculum.
And, four, making sure the district remains fiscally responsible in tough times.
I’m running for the board because I feel strongly that I possess values, experience and insights into our community.
I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past 16 years serving our community in a voluteer capacity.
I’m currently serving my second term as co-president of the ETHS PTSA, and I also served in 2000-2002.
I’m on the board of the Moran Center, which is a youth advocacy group providing integrated legal and social work for low-income youth. And I’m also a member of the Leadership Evanston alumni committee.
I’ve done everything in this town from tutoring to coaching basketball to directing middle school plays to actually representing the PTSA at a minority student network conference.
I have a working knowledge of how the schools function and have forged relationships with current and past administrators.
I want to be a bridge to all the unique communities of Evanston.
As a school board member I will never forget that as an elected official I will listen to all my constituents with the understanding that we all want the same thing — well-rounded, highly-educated students who are confident enough to navigate the world after ETHS.