Voters will cast their ballot for four open seats on the Mahomet-Seymour board of education during the consolidated general election. Those asking for your vote include Julie Cebulski, Meghan Hennesy, Jeremy Henrichs, Ken Keefe, Jenny Park, Lance Raver, Colleen Schultz and Jason Tompkins. Each week, we will feature one candidate (in alphabetical order) in a Q&A style. This week: Colleen Schultz.
No. 1: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
"I wear so many hats — Christian, wife, mom, teacher, economist and hopefully this spring, I'll add school board member to the list. The most important thing to me is my faith, followed by my family. I have been happily married to my husband, Mark, for 15 years, and we have two great children. Ben is a fifth-grader at Lincoln Trail, and Julia is in eighth grade at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School.
"In addition to being a wife and a mom, I have been a professional educator and an economist for mor than 25 years. I have a Ph.D. in economics and teach both economics and statistics at the University of Illinois."
No. 2: What caught your interest about Mahomet?
"I became a part of the Mahomet-Seymour community more than 25 years ago when I became active in a local church in town. I worked with the youth group and made lifelong friends. It was only natural that when my husband and I were looking for a good place to raise our family, we chose Mahomet. It is a great community, and we love living here."
No. 3: Why are you running for the Mahomet-Seymour school board?
"I want to be on the school board because I have a heart for the kids of our community, I want to support our teachers in educating our kids and I want to see our school district continue on a path of excellence.
"I feel that I have a perspective and a skill set that would strengthen the board and serve the community well. I look forward to using my professional skills to provide valuable insight to help our district find a way to accomplish more of the things we, as a community, value."
No. 4: What would you say is something most people wouldn't know about you?
"One that most people don't know about me is that I went through life with vision that would be categorized as legally blind until I was in fifth grade, although no one knew it. I had to learn differently than everyone else, but apparently I managed to do well enough that no one figured it out."
No. 5: If elected, what would you consider an important topic as a school board member?
"There are many important topics, but one of my primary priorities as a board member will be to advocate to improve transparency within our district. I believe that in order to best serve the community, a school board and the administration must engage in as much dialogue and open communication with the public as possible.
"I believe the district should be forthright about what kids are experiencing at school, and information about school issues and curriculum should be readily accessible and regularly made available. We have fabulous technology available to us, and we should be using it to communicate often and well with students, parents, teachers and other members of our community."