Listening and Leading...
A Voice for All Ohioans
My belief in strong communities and equal opportunities for all Ohioans is rooted in my upbringing by my mother Jacqueline Reedy. As a single mother she raised four children in a loving home with limited resources, demonstrating incredible strength and resiliency. My father, Jack Reedy, was a veteran pilot of World War II and an aeronautical engineer who worked on Senator John Glenn’s team for his historic Friendship 7 Space Flight.
I learned by example the core values of believing in oneself and treating others equally. The unwritten rule in our home was that education, hard work, determination and resilience were the keys to reaching one’s goals in life.
Columbus has been my home my entire life. I am a loyal Ohio State Buckeye with two children who are currently enrolled as second generation Buckeyes! Working my way through college as a camp counselor, waitress and librarian’s assistant enabled me to earn my undergraduate and master degrees in education and to become the teacher I am today.
Following my beliefs with an unwavering commitment to educate and advocate for all children at the local, state and national levels has been my focus for the past 29 years. I am lucky to share my purpose and passion in life, raising our two wonderful children, Jackie and Dan, and my teaching career, with my husband Tom, a 29-year veteran educator. It is important to both Tom and I that our children and students have the same opportunities we had; strong public schools and equal chances to build secure, happy lives.
Two of the greatest honors of my life were being chosen as the Teacher of the Year for the Upper Arlington City School District in 2001 and the Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2002. With these awards came opportunities and responsibilities that I took very seriously; traveling throughout Ohio and our country speaking about educational issues and legislation that would benefit students and their families. I have continued to serve as a public voice for issues that impact the education of our children to this very day.
After 29 years of teaching nearly 1000 students I am running for State Representative of the 24th District because I am worried that economic and public education opportunities are slipping away for Ohio’s citizens today, and for our children in the years to come. I am convinced that despite our hard work as parents and our life-long investment in our homes and communities, we are struggling against more obstacles than ever before to achieve the same standard of living that we have enjoyed in the past.
And so I find myself ready to step outside of my classroom and into the Ohio Statehouse to work towards solutions that support all Ohioans. I am ready to listen and lead. I am ready to be a voice for all people.
In fact, I am no stranger to the Ohio Statehouse. During the past decade I have been a frequent visitor; leading teams of teachers and administrators in meetings with state legislators focused on educational issues and providing testimony numerous times before the Senate and House. Whether it has been speaking at rallies to thousands, or individually to people on their doorsteps, I have considered it an honor and responsibility to serve as a public voice this past year in overturning Senate Bill 5 to preserve the rights and voices of hard working middle class citizens.
We live in Upper Arlington and I have taught in the UA School District for 26 years. I have given and I have gained from my investment in our community. Listening to hundreds of diverse community stakeholders as a member of multiple strategic planning teams has provided me with a deeper understanding of how to collectively address problems and build solutions to challenges facing our cities infrastructure and schools.
As State Representative of the 24th House District I will take all of the energy, belief, passion and commitment I have given in my parenting and teaching career into the Statehouse. I will listen, I will represent and I will lead, so that your voice will be heard in the legislature. Together we will help build and strengthen our communities and the quality of life for all Ohioans.