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Meet the Candidates – Stephanie Geyer

I’m one of the candidates running for Southmoreland School board this year.

I’m a 35 year old mom of 2 girls, a 5th grader and a 7th grader and run an Etsy shop making embroidered birthday shirts for kids and am also working as a substitute teacher at Mt Pleasant Jr/Sr High. My husband (who is a Lieutenant at a state prison) and I both graduated from Southmoreland in 2003. I have a Bachelors degree in Math with a minor in Secondary Education from St. Vincent. I spend most of my free time driving my 11yr old to gymnastics, and planning our church’s Vacation Bible School. We also help with the 1st-6th graders every Wednesday in our church.

I decided to run for school board because I think it’s important for people to step up and serve, especially when it comes to serving children. Our children are our futures and deserve the best education they can receive. We sold our first home in Hempfield before our oldest started Kindergarten and moved back to Southmoreland because we believed in the education we received, and believed it would best suit our own children. Throughout the pandemic, I felt our school district has lacked strong leadership in making the best decisions for our students. It always seemed like the district was putting out fires instead of preventing them, and I feel decisions could have and should have been made well in advance of the beginning of the school year to not only set our students up for success, but also prepare our teachers for their new role as virtual teachers.

I believe that our district can still be a successful district, and should be able to instill confidence in every parent that their child will be provided the best opportunity for education available in the area. It breaks my Scottie heart when I hear how many people have, and/or are planning to place their children in cyber or private brick and mortar schools because they have lost trust in a district they once loved and believed in. I hope to move toward restoring that trust by holding our administration accountable for their actions, their decisions, or their lack of decisions or plans. Our children deserve better, and until there are solid plans in place (that will actually be followed through with instead of constantly changing and mistruths being fed to parents to keep them in the district) then I will continue to push our administration toward those goals.

Hopefully that covers it.

Thanks for your time.

 

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