In 1999 my husband Randall Bock and I moved from Boston to Newton with our two sons, now both graduates from Newton Public Schools.
I have served as PTO co-president at Horace Mann Elementary School, continued in Day Middle School as Programming Chair, and served from 2010-2014 as PTSO co-president at Newton North High School. Newton North presented unique challenges yet it was rewarding to engage parents and guardians, to work with faculty and staff, and address the myriad concerns of North’s diverse population. At Senior graduation 2014, Principal Jennifer Price awarded myself and my co-president, Sally Brickell the Principal’s Award – a first for PTSO co-presidents.
I also serve on the Board of OurNewton.org, an online community resource.
In my professional life, I am a Classics scholar. Currently, I work as an adjunct lecturer in the Classics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. I am happy to debate any of my opponents in Latin, as well as in English!
I love Newton. I’ve lived here for more than fifteen years, and have participated and been an involved resident from the start.
Serving as a Ward 2 Alderman at Large is a way I can continue and expand on my commitment to Newton.
Newton is at an important juncture. We will benefit from a fresh perspective. We need representatives who will help us preserve what we love about our “Garden City” while meeting the changing needs of our residents. I’ve been listening, and have heard many thoughtful ideas from residents all across the City.
From Austin St. in Ward 2, to Wells Ave. in Ward 8, to Crescent St. in Ward 4, we are facing decisions about how to grow and develop. Just as many parts of the City now lack neighborhood schools due to decisions made by aldermen of yore, the decisions we make today will impact generations of Newtonians.
I believe the Alderman’s job is to listen to what residents have to say and then ensure that their views are baked into the decision making. A central part of the representative government is to “represent” the preferences and values of the citizenry.
I vow to be your voice, and to work in partnership with you to make our wonderful City even better.