What Leaders Say About Board Service

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The need for exceptional leadership in public education cannot be understated. We need more leaders who can create and support environments where students and teachers can succeed, where student needs are at the center of decision-making and problem solving and who have the courage and determination to make decisions that improve outcomes for all students.

See what others have had to say about their experiences serving on a PSA school board:

“I work to improve health and financial literacy within Rutherford Winans. As a board member, I remove barriers to student’s receiving a quality education. I was instrumental in securing a grant to kick-start the healthy initiatives. It is not feasible to improve communities without advancing education. And, I hope to change communities in my region. One of my favorite quotes by Fredrick Douglass and the impetus for me participating as a board member is ‘It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.'”

DiAné Townsel, Community Health Educator, Beaumont Hospital
Rutherford Winans Academy

“Serving on the charter school board has been rewarding as well as eye opening. Rewarding in the sense that, you know, every decision you make is for the benefit of the children in your school. Making sure to maximize every dollar that is spent to benefit every student in your building.

As for my personal leadership experience I feel that I’m part of the conversation and become an advocate for good quality schools in general. Regardless of traditional public, charter public, or private school the bottom line is focusing on the learner, and this case the children, is what good leadership is about. Focusing on the noise or negative will not allow you to move forward. So understanding how your charter school fits into the bigger picture will make you a better leader and ultimately will benefit the students.”

Chade Saghir, PhD, Sr. Transportation Planner, SEMCOG
NexTech High School of Lansing

“My time serving on a charter board exposed me to the complex network of the academic, financial, and logistical challenges our school leaders face everyday. The inside perspective one gets from serving on a school board is invaluable in understanding the challenges that must be overcome to improve our schools.”

Ian Wiesner, Senior Loan Officer, NCB Capital Impact
Lighthouse Academy

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