Having lived in the neighborhood for over 8 years, I have witnessed the dramatic student gains that have been achieved by Audubon Elementary over the past several years. The faculty, staff, students and families have much to be proud of and I have no doubt that the new administration will continue the improvement process. As an educator, I have spent nearly twenty years in leadership positions in K-12, higher education, and philanthropy. I would like to contribute to my community by participating on the Audubon Local School Council. I believe the role of an LSC member is to give voice to the constituency represented, but ultimately all decisions should be determined based on what is in the best interest of the students. If selected to serve the Audubon LSC, I promise to keep the students’ interests at heart and continue the tremendous progress that has been made through the dedicated efforts of the Audubon staff, faculty, students and families. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
I have lived in North Center for nearly two years. We love the neighborhood for all it offers to families…tree-lined streets, safe play areas, civic-minded neighbors, and of course, an outstanding elementary school. I am a proud product of Michigan and Maryland public schools and believe strongly that Chicago’s public schools can compete with the best private schools in the city. To sustain that level of performance at Audubon takes a strong commitment from parents, teachers, and community members not to let complacency erode the great progress to date. All of Audubon’s accolades and awards are very exciting for me as the parent of a toddler, but I believe that the parents of Audubon’s next generation need to do their part now to ensure the continued success of Audubon. As for my professional life, I am an executive at IBM and have worked extensively in strategy development, financial management, and project leadership. My professional skills would certainly be put to use on the LSC as we work to form and execute a strategic roadmap for the school. I am very excited by the prospect of having a key role in the success of Audubon, and I hope I can count on your vote!
Hello. My name is Danielle Wiley and I am really excited about the possibility of representing you on the Audubon Local School Council. I am the mother of two Audubon students; Dylan in 4th grade, and Max in 1st grade.
The present and future of Audubon is so very important to me. My husband Michael and I chose to live in this neighborhood in large part because of this school. As the daughter of a public school teacher and the product of a public school education, I am an incredibly strong proponent of all that public school can provide to our kids.
As is obvious to all of you, we are at a pivotal time in our school’s growth. We have come so far in the last decade, but it is vital that we continue this rapid pace of development. Having Audubon as a top-rated and top performing school is imperative to our community morale, our property values, and most importantly our children’s future.
For over 15 years, I have held marketing positions at agencies, working with world-class brands to develop their digital and social media programming. In May of 2011, I left the agency world to launch my own company, Sway Group LLC. Some of my greatest skills are strategy, idea-generation and communication. I would love to lend this skillset to Audubon.
I am incredibly passionate about differentiated learning, an inclusive school environment, and improvement of food offerings within all of CPS. My desire to improve school lunches led to two years on the board of Healthy School Campaigns, a term that ended last year.
I look forward to getting to know all of you better, and I graciously ask for your support in my run to serve on your LSC.
A six-year Chicago resident, father to a lovely two-year-old, and husband to a beautiful wife, Nate is the Associate Director of Admissions Digital Strategies for Columbia College Chicago.
Nate is passionate about education being the key to empowering our children to create the future that they deserve.
He loves living in Roscoe Village and can frequently be spotted walking his yellow lab mix, Satch, with his daughter. Track him down on Twitter @natejones.