In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.*
* I am aware that there are many pithy quotes incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain- according tothis review, this is an actual Twain quote.
“[t]his spirit [of liberty], however, without knowledge, would be little better than a brutal rage. Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write”
I have lived in Sharon with my family since 2001. I have two children: my daughter Caroline who graduated from Sharon High School in 2014, and my son Clint, who is currently a junior at Sharon High School. My husband Bob Lee works for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I serve as Chair of the Advisory Committee to The Law Your Money and You, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting financial and legal literacy in the community. I am a member of the Sharon Rotary Club, and have hosted two long term exchange students through Rotary, both of whom attended Sharon High School for a period of time. Prior to running for School Committee in 2010, I served as a Co-Chair of the Alternative School Board and School Council, and spent many hours in the classroom as a regular volunteer. Professionally, I am managing partner and co-founder of Smith Lee Nebenzahl LLP, a law firm in the center of Sharon, where I focus on business and employment litigation. You can learn more about my professional and educational background here.
I have served two terms on the Sharon School Committee, and have had the opportunity to do so in many different capacities. I am currently Vice Chair, and previously served as Chair and Secretary. I have been on the Capital Outlay and Priorities Committees, as well as the budget, policy, educator evaluation, and negotiations subcommittees of the School Committee. I have also participated as a School Committee representative on the future needs planning task force, and the committees assigned to interview and select the Superintendent and our prior Assistant Superintendent. I currently serve as the Chair of the Negotiations Committee, whose primary and most immediate task is negotiating a new contract with the Sharon Teachers' Association.
In each of these roles, I have developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the myriad issues facing the school district, and the variety of perspectives, needs and interests of all of the people who are stakeholders in this system, including our students and their families, our teachers and staff, and all residents of the town.
Some issues are harder than others. Sometimes the School Committee members are unanimous in our approach to an issue and sometimes we are not. I believe I have approached all of these issues with an open mind and willingness to engage in fair and reasonable debate, in the public eye, and that this approach has helped us work our way through the more difficult discussions.
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The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.