Current Committee Assignments: Student Discipline & Co-Curridular Code, Diversity
Adopt-A-School Assignments: Highlands Elementary School, Scott Elementary School, Naperville North High School, The Bridge
First elected: 2019
Current term expires: 2023
Number of terms served and when: First term
Profession/day job: Professor and Chair of Physics at Lewis University
Relevant degrees/life experience/previous volunteer activities: B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, University of Notre Dame; M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University. Physics educator for nearly 15 years, currently as professor and Chair of Physics at Lewis University. Current and prior involvement in faculty governance at Lewis, including College and University Budget Review Committees, Faculty Affairs Committee, and Faculty Senator. Member, Board of Directors, Advanced Laboratory Physics Association; Former Executive Committee Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Task Force, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT); Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to the AAPT; Volunteer at Prairie Elementary; Volunteer youth basketball coach
Parent of District 203 students: Yes, two students at WJHS and one student at Prairie Elementary School.
Educational philosophy: The goal of our educational system should be ensuring that all students receive a solid academic grounding in core areas (e.g. science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM), English and language arts, social science/history/civics) and develop essential skills like problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and effective communication while helping them find and develop their interests and passions and preparing them for success in whatever path they take. Since students bring different experiences and backgrounds to the classroom, students should be met where they are at, challenged appropriately, and provided resources, opportunities, and support to help them achieve. Students also need programming and instruction that help them build social-emotional skills like developing character and empathy, respecting and celebrating diversity, and building community. Students learn best in a safe, welcoming, inclusive learning environment where they are actively engaged and are supported by the teachers and school staff and by their peers. The district plays a central role in preparing students, academically and socially, to be lifelong learners and informed, responsible citizens able to critically evaluate information, ideas, and opinions and to contribute to a diverse, global society.