Dannhausen-Brun's experience a good fit for D181 board

As the current D181 BOE vice-president and former academic success committee chair, I wholeheartedly endorse Christine Dannhausen-Brun for the D181 BOE two-year seat. D181 is at a watershed moment, navigating the challenges of a safe re-entry to full-time, in-person learning during a global pandemic with the focus on meeting the educational needs of all students. Under Dr. Garcia’s leadership, D181 has seen the first glimmer of stability after over a decade of administrative turnover. His team has reversed the long-lasting impact of Learning for All, with priorities placed on sound educational best practices and data-driven decision making, preparing D181 students for their transition to D86. This sought-after return to administrative stability and academic excellence must be maintained by the oversight of a board that works collaboratively with the Superintendent, while still asking the tough questions. Christine is the right choice to do this work. With six years of school board experience, she is not new to the role of a BOE member and understands proper board governance, balanced budgets, teacher negotiations, facilities management, and guidance of an administration. As a public health researcher and advocate, Christine analyzes metrics and data to achieve optimal outcomes. A parent of six children with students in both D181 and D86, she is the sole candidate providing much-needed perspective on and vertical articulation with Hinsdale Central. Please vote Christine, a candidate with integrity, humility, and compassion who brings veteran board experience and current D181 and D86 investment to the board. — Meeta Jain Patel, Hinsdale