From our event Tuesday August 1, 2017
Message from the candidate:
Jeanelle ‘Jeannie’ Foster is a 25-year veteran educator, a single mother of two grown children and a community leader. Jeannie is grounded in a sense of purpose to give back, saying, “I am a reflection of the children and families I serve.” First elected to the Board to fill a vacancy during 2016’s special election, Jeannie is now running for a full four-year term.
Jeannie Foster is a lifelong resident of Saint Paul. She grew up in Frogtown, living in Liberty Plaza with her mom, sister and brother. Jeannie is a Saint Paul Public Schools graduate who went on to earn a Master’s in Education from Concordia University. Raised by a single mother, Jeannie also became a single mom at an early age. She was 16 years old when she had her first child, her daughter Jaylana. “I grew up with family abuse and alcoholism, and I wanted to remove my daughter from that environment. I knew I had to,” says Jeannie. “Education was the way to do that.”
Jeannie started her professional career as an early childhood educator and she understands the challenges kids and teachers face in a classroom of diverse learners. Building upon her classroom experience, Jeannie spent 18 years at the Wilder Child Development Center facilitating diversity trainings and parent education, negotiating contracts and using data to shape and correct programs. In 2015, Jeannie was recruited by Community Action of Ramsey & Washington County to manage Family Services, where she was focused on producing outcomes for core Head Start priorities.
Outside of her professional leadership roles, Jeannie is extremely active in the community. She is the Vice Chair of Dayton’s Bluff District Council, where she works to address incidents of gun violence in the neighborhood, introduce neighbors to the district council process and create a Youth Engagement Committee. She is also active in her church community.
On the SPPS Board of Education, Jeannie will continue to keep children and equity at the center of the Board’s decision-making and help schools be more responsive. She will work to ensure the District increases parent and family engagement to better support student success, and she will always prioritize students in funding decisions—she will continue to be their voice on the Board and make certain that all kids have access to the high-quality education they deserve.
Earlier this summer with our DFL-endorsed school board candidates- Marny Xiong, Jeannie Foster, and John Brodrick
Tuesday, August 1st, filing for the 2017 Saint Paul elections open and Saint Paul DFL School Board members will be the first ones in the door. Join us as we rally pre-filing with breakfast, coffee, speeches and friends.
Saint Paul DFL Filing Kick-Off Breakfast (And Fundraiser!)
Tuesday, August 1st, 7:30AM-9AM
DFL Headquarters- 255 Plato Blvd E., Saint Paul, MN
Things to know before you go:
- RSVP– and bring your friends!
- Did you know you can donate up to $50 ($100 for couples) and get reimbursed!? That’s right– the Minnesota Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program is back. It’s easy and it helps build our party and elect our DFL candidates. Bring your checkbook and we’ll do the rest.
- The muffins we are serving are to. die. for. You don’t want to miss them.
John Brodrick has spent a lifetime in our Saint Paul public schools. From Scheffer Elementary to Mechanic Arts High School as a student; and from Como Park Junior HIgh to Mechanic Arts to Washington to Como Park Senior High as a teacher; John knows the inner workings of a classroom and a school building. As a four term school board member John understands the network of connections that our school district is composed of.
John does not just understand the district. He understands the need for the public to believe that it can interact with the district and feel that the district is responsive. John regularly says that he believes that “it is not my job to represent the district to the public, it is my job to represent the public to the district.” To that end John has been an advocate for parents, for students and for schools as they try to navigate the sometimes challenging structure of the district.
But John does stand up for the needs of the district as well. He has been a part of four successful levy campaigns that have been crucial to maintaining budget stability. John’s ability to communicate with Saint Paul voters (80 percent of whom do not have children in the district) has been a consistent asset to levy campaigns. John is a product of “old Saint Paul” who moves comfortably in the current edition of our city.
Some things don’t change is part of John’s mantra for our schools. Our schools need to be welcoming places that challenge and inspire our students to achieve. Parents have to trust that their children will be in safe environments, given access to multiple programs and prepared for college, careers and life.
John has been an advocate for all of us in the classroom, in the community and on the Board of Education. With a new superintendent and mostly newer board members, John’s experience is needed now as much, if not more, than ever. Let’s keep John on the Board.
Vote for Brodrick on November 7, 2017.
Marny Xiong for Saint Paul School Board
Message from the candidate:
Thank you for your endorsement, Democrats! My name is Marny Xiong, and I was born and raised in the heart of Saint Paul on Thomas Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood. My parents were refugees who immigrated to the U.S. from war-torn Laos, and they taught me that, in order to succeed in the U.S. and reach my highest aspirations, I must finish my education. I took their words to heart and became a proud alumna of Saint Paul Public Schools. I achieved my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and African and African American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I have been a community organizer for over 10 years and worked on various campaigns to fight for racial and economic justice. My experience organizing with the Vote No Campaign, Take Action Minnesota, SEIU Local 113 and serving on various boards, such as the Payne-Phalen Neighborhood, has equipped me with the skillsets necessary in bringing equity to Saint Paul Public Schools. I am committed to collaborating with students, parents, unions, educators and stakeholders to ensure equity for all students, increased enrollment, and education achievement for college success. It’s time we eliminate barriers that keep members of our community and future leaders from reaching their highest potential. Let’s win together on November 7!