Discover Muscatine offered all candidates the opportunity to provide information about themselves, their campaigns and to answer a few questions to help voters get to know them better.
Office Sought: Muscatine Community School District School Board
Candidate email address: [email protected]
Campaign Committee: Lindsey Phillips for School Board
|Muscatine High School||Muscatine||IA||2005||High School Diploma|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City||IA||2010||Bachelor of Arts|
|Employer||Job Title||Start Date||End Date||Brief Job Description|
|Family Resources||Domestic Violence Advocate||2008||2010||Domestic Violence SheltI served as a Domestic Violence Advocate in our local shelter, coordinating intakes and supported residents through their transition period, providing a safe environment. I also served as a member of the Crisis Response Team, responding to domestic violence and sexual assault calls from the Emergency Department and Public Safety Building.|
|Family Resources||Care Coordinator||2010||2012||This role focuses on family safety and permanency planning. Collaborating with the Department of Human Services as an in home social worker, I provided supervised visitation, parent education, resource navigation and referrals, and family court reporting. This role also included acting as a safety coordinator, assessing the most at risk families daily to ensure safety.|
|Family Empowerment||Behavioral Health Interventionist||2012||2015||Provide behavior health interventions in a counseling environment with focus on social, emotion, and behavioral health.|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||Enrollment and Matching Specialist||2013||2014||Enroll volunteers and mentees in a one-to-one mentoring organization. Coordinate and implement the enrollment, screening, and matching components of the program while nurturing community relationships.|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||Director||2015||2021||Oversee Big Brothers Big Sisters Programming in Muscatine, Louisa, and Cedar Counties. Manage budget, fundraising, staffing, and program outcomes.|
Why are you running for election?
Education is the most important tool we have in building the success of an individual. Education at home, in our community, and in school. I am a Muscatine High School Graduate. My husband and I are now raising our two children in the Muscatine School District and believe that their experiences in school will greatly contribute to who they are as adults and what they have to contribute back.
Currently, they attend a local elementary school and participate in local activities. It is crucial that we are investing in our youth and have a board representing them at the earliest years of their educational journey.
Overall I would like to be more engaged in conversations around improved academics, curriculum development, IEP (Individualized Education Plan) delivery and adherence, teacher/student ratios, attendance, and increasing graduation rates. Other important areas of focus pertain to our student and teacher’s experiences and their safety. Specifics would be peer relationships, behavior expectations, safe entrances at all schools, and crisis response planning.
What is the most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?
Academics and Post-Secondary Readiness. Our School district consistently falls below other county and state districts in graduation rates, math and reading, and post secondary enrollment. Addressing these collectively, increases the number of self-sufficient adults leaving our district.
What is the second most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?
Student and Teacher Experiences/Safety. Ensuring adequate resources in a safe and positive environment is necessary for learning to occur. We need to hear from our staff, students, and families, to constantly evaluate where there is a need. Using open and transparent lines of communication.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve perceptions of Muscatine in the surrounding area?
First, we need to improve our perceptions locally as they will be our greatest advocates to surrounding areas. The school board and district needs to continue to enhance communication with transparency and focus on public understanding and input.
What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?
I really believe in volunteering and getting involved at the highest level you can when you are passionate about something. I currently serve and volunteer with the Trinity Muscatine Foundation Board, Rotary Club of Muscatine, GMCCI Chamber Ambassadors, MCSD Building/facilities Committee, McKinley Muskies PTO, and Little Muskies Wrestling Club. I am also Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Additionally through my employment I am fortunate to be seated at many community tables and meetings like the Aligned Impact Muscatine committees.
As mentioned, I try to be involved where I am passionate and I really believe in our education system and the value that is has. Public education is essential and requires a whole community. I have two children in this district and multiple perspectives. I feel as though I can help others bring their voices to the table and I would be honored to do that. While two issues are mentioned above, I believe there are many issues facing our district. We must mention the pandemic we are currently in and the constantly changing environment in which we must quickly adapt. However, the most pressing issues have been ongoing and include decreased enrollment, aging buildings, and aging facility deficits. The day to day operations while handled by administration and buildings are still concerns at a board level as we must provide focus on the experiences of every child in our district; increase graduation rates, improve attendance, have students prepared for life after high school, and provide a safe and productive environment for students, staff, and families.
Transparency is key. Every voice should be heard and individuals should feel comfortable doing so. I hope parents and teachers truly feel they have a voice and that I can advocate for their needs.