As a parent with a son entering kindergarten in the fall and a daughter that can enroll in Hamilton’s preschool program in the fall of 2014, I have a vested interest in fostering both the short and long term success at Hamilton. I believe we are all very fortunate to already have a fantastic principal and dedicated staff, so if elected to the LSC I will make it my goal to do whatever I can to support their mission of providing our children with the best education that we possibly can. Even in these times of tightened budgets and reduced school funding, I firmly believe that with the dedication of parents and the school administration we can achieve a balance between putting the educational needs of our children first while still providing our teachers with the respect they deserve and the right tools and resources to be successful in the classroom.
Stacey Paradis has been a resident of the West Lakeview community since 2000. She currently serves as the chair of Hamilton Elementary School’s Local School Council and has served for two terms. She also is Vice President of the West Lakeview Neighbors and is on the Board of the Lake View YMCA. In her professional life, she has worked in public affairs, government relations and issues management and PR for non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and at all levels of government. She is the Deputy Director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and works in the Loop. She has two sons at Hamilton – one in third grade and the other in kindergarten.
I have been a parent representative on the Hamilton LSC since October 2010. My older son is in first grade at Hamilton and my younger son will start attending pre-school at Hamilton in the fall. My family lives in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. I am the general counsel of Rewards Network, a company that operates dining rewards programs and provides marketing services to restaurants. I can offer the LSC a legal perspective on issues and I also have a strong background in corporate governance. I believe that an excellent principal and strong parent engagement are essential to the success of Hamilton and if elected I plan to focus on those two areas as an LSC parent representative.
Patricia has made Lakeview her home and work for more than 25 years with her husband, Pat Maguire. The mother of two grown children with two grandchildren, she has owned and practiced architecture at Craig & Associates Architects, while being active in the community. She has been on the board of Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Counseling Center of Lakeview, and the board of West Lakeview Neighbors. She has also been active in the 44th Ward CDDC and the conservation organization “The Prairie Club”. She is passionate about the neighborhood and the City of Chicago.
She was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana and was a 1982 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Both of her parents were born and raised in Chicago and she has a long history of family in many neighborhoods of the city.
Patricia comes from a long family history of educators. Her grandmother taught at Chicago Vocational High School, her father taught at the University of Notre Dame, her brother and sister-in-law are high school educators and administrators and her niece is a high school chemistry teacher looking for a job in Chicago! She also taught at Catholic University and the University of Maryland for several years after graduating from college.
Education is an important part of Patricia’s life and every single day she appreciates the opportunity given to her for a great education and wishes to offer that same great opportunity to the children of Chicago.
I have been in management consulting for over 15 years working for Accenture. I’m able to listen and understand the underlying aspects of many situations. I’ve developed creative solutions and put in place innovative strategies that meet the goals of my clients. I’ve consulted for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and developed successful ways each can better meet their own vision.
In addition to my day job, I’ve led several community events including:
• Chairman of the Accenture Team in Chicago’s American Cancer Society Walk-n-Roll event
• Project Site Leader for Chicago Cares program at Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children
• Executive Council Chairman of the Project Management Institute, a non-profit dedicated to project management
• Executive lead for Northwestern University Student Leadership Conference
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University