Re-elect Jen Aultman on November 7 to keep our Westerville Schools strong!
Westerville's excellent schools are the backbone of our community. I am running for re-election to the Board of Education to keep our schools thriving as a places where ALL students belong and grow into their full potential. As a board member, it is my honor to listen to and represent the community and keep our schools efficient, effective, safe, and joyful! I ask for your support on November 7!
As a Board member, I commit to schools that are:
Efficient with the community's resources
Effective for all children
Responsive to the diverse needs in our community
Safe, joyful places that foster student and staff well-being, success, and a life-long love of learning!
I have been involved with our schools as student and parent for most of my life. I was born in Westerville and attended Westerville Schools through my graduation from Westerville North. My husband, Chris, also graduated from North as did all of my siblings. Our three kids have attended Westerville Schools. The two youngest are at South and Blendon today, and the oldest graduated from South in 2021 and is now at OSU. We are a Westerville Schools family through and through!
Strong schools build a
Westerville and our youth!
I'm a Westerville native. Growing up here, I attended Robert Frost, Mark Twain, Hanby, Walnut Springs, even took a class at Westerville South, and graduated from Westerville North. When I was young, my mother was involved in the PTAs at our schools and in starting Westerville Parent Council, so I learned early on that schools are the fabric of the community and take commitment from us all. But I also know that our schools and students have different needs today than when I attended them. I've learned this on the ground: my engagement in education spans all levels, from helping our schools' youngest students learn to read to teaching university undergraduates.
Prior to joining the Board of Education in January 2020, I spent a decade contributing my time and energy to our schools. I worked alongside other community members, including helping our district develop effective solutions to programming issues, contributing as an invited participant in the district's strategic planning process, and co-chairing a levy campaign. To help enhance learning for all students in our district, I co-founded and helped lead the non-profit Westerville Partners for Education. I proposed a successful safety policy to the administration and before joining the Board I regularly attended Board of Education meetings to both listen and speak. My deep experience with our schools helps me understand what our district excels at and where opportunities for improvement exist. My commitment to our schools for more than a decade is clear!
In my day job, I serve on the executive leadership team of a statewide non-profit organization that works in the informal education space. I lead a team of over 60 staff to carry out our mission. My core value is learning, and I work every day to ensure that people and communities keep learning, growing, and thriving!
My husband, Chris, and I have three Westerville Schools kids--one in high school, one in middle school, and one WSHS graduate. I also have Westerville Schools nieces and cousins. Decisions I make as a board member regarding our schools will affect my family as well as yours. In other words, I have to answer for my decisions in the community AND at the dinner table and family gatherings! We're in this together. Strong schools=bright futures for Westerville students!