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Vote Jen Mitchell – Collier County School Board – August 28, 2018

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I am passionate about education

Jen Mitchell

My name is Jen Mitchell. I am a 20-year Collier County resident, realtor, and mother of four. Three of my children currently attend Collier County Public Schools (CCPS), while my oldest is a 2016 CCPS graduate attending the University of Florida.

I was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, and earned my BA from Purdue University in Elementary Education. After graduation, my husband and I moved to Naples, his hometown, where I taught for a year at Naples Park Elementary. After our first child was born, we put my career on hold to raise our family.

I have always been passionate about education, and as a stay-at-home mom, I spent the past 14 years volunteering in my children’s classrooms and serving on their schools’ PTO boards.  In  2011 I was invited, along with other parent volunteers throughout CCPS, to join the Superintendent’s District Advisory Council, created to increase parental involvement in and communication with the District.

As a result of these activities, I was asked to participate in the Champions for Learning Connect Now Project, a series of workshops that led to what became the CCPS Strategic Plan.  I was proud to be among the parents, educators and community members selected to develop the Connect Now vision for our school district and path toward implementing it.

In 2014, I began my second career, as a Realtor, and am currently with Domain Realty Group of Southwest Florida. The quality of our schools is often the first thing clients new to the area ask about, as it directly affects property values. My role as a local businesswoman, combined with my years as a parent and CCPS volunteer, has heightened my understanding of the importance of great public schools.

I want to help strengthen our A-rated school district. Its outstanding educators and administrators are working hard to provide our students with the best possible education.  We need a school board that will set politics aside, collaborate, and focus on the 47,000 students who are counting on us to get it right.

I ask for your vote on August 28th, 2018. It would be an honor to represent you on the Collier County School Board.

Why I’m Running

  • I am running because I am passionate about education.  I have had the good fortune of meeting some of the most dedicated and caring people in my time at CCPS, from teachers and administrators to bus drivers, cafeteria workers, coaches and parent volunteers, all with the common goal of student success. I believe a school board that works collaboratively and shares that common goal of student success is necessary to continue moving the district in the right direction.

  • I am running because I believe where politics and education collide there are no winners.  The focus should always be first and foremost on positive learning outcomes for our students. Educating a child in preparation for future success is a monumental task that leaves no room for political or personal agendas.

  • I am running because I have a vested interest in the long-term success of our schools. I will have had children in CCPS for a span of 20 years by the time my youngest child graduates in 2023. So it is important to me that the quality of education continues the positive trend of the last several years. This requires working to find ways to attract and retain quality teachers who can afford to make Naples their home, working to narrow the achievement gap for students who struggle, making sure our students leave CCPS college and career ready, and continuing to find ways to stretch our dollars to meet the needs of our students while remaining accountable to our taxpayers.

  • Finally, I am running because I want to correct what I believe is a false narrative being written by a small but vocal minority. The sky is NOT falling, our schools are NOT failing… CCPS is doing great things every day in the lives of our children. It is by no means perfect and there are certainly areas that can be improved, but we have excellent educators and administrators in place who are working hard to meet and overcome the District’s challenges to give our students the best possible education.

Petition

We need over 2000 signatures to qualify by petition. Please help me to reach my goal by doing the following:

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  3. Mail to: Jen Mitchell
    6227 Spanish Oaks Lane
    Naples, FL 34119
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