As a leader in education, I have learned the value of measuring our Return on Investment (ROI) and communicating transparently about the impact of our investment. In education, our investment is in our instruction. In our city, our investment is in the safety and well-being of our residents.
I have led diverse teams to analyze data in various forms so that we can make informed and effective decisions. Inherent in this process is transparent communication with stakeholders. As city leaders, we must continually use data to measure whether we are having the desired impact on the safety and well-being of our residents. And we must consistently communicate the results of our evaluations: What are we doing well? What must be improved upon?
As a member of the Sandy City Council, I will replicate my successful data practices and commit to communicating transparently about data-informed decisions.
As an education leader, I have worked with a variety of teams (dysfunctional and functional) to transform their collaborative practices so that they can accomplish their shared objectives. Furthermore, I have helped teams discover the power of healthy conflict so that the best possible decisions can be made.
As I build teams, I recognize the value of diversity of thought. I do not seek to be the smartest person in the room. Rather, I recognize that the smartest person in the room is the room. Like Abraham Lincoln, I am hungry to learn from those who may think differently than me and recognize how essential it is to interact with those who will push my thinking and bring value to the team through their abilities and approaches.
As a member of the Sandy City Council, I will work to ensure that our efforts to collaborate are not only effective but transformative.
I was trained to be a turnaround leader--which means I have the lens of a change agent. I know how to see the good while also seeing the need. I understand the importance of clearly communicating a vision for needed change and innovation. I also understand how essential it is to "shrink the change" when it comes to shifting mindsets and practices.
Having led school transformation efforts, I know how to have courageous conversations that address needed changes and innovations. These courageous conversations must connect the heart AND the mind to successfully innovate.
As a member of the Sandy City Council, I will collaborate with others to innovate in a manner that leads to smart growth for our community.