~ Submitted by Grace Induni Huberman
With our School Committee election coming up on March 12, I wanted to share my experience with two exceptional candidates, Kelly Horton and Sheila Mehta-Green. Both are incredible individuals with challenging careers, busy family lives and the collaborative partnership skills to make our school community even stronger.
I have been fortunate to know Kelly both professionally and personally. At Biogen, where we both work, Kelly is known for anticipating various scenarios in order to develop plans that are flexible, yet robust. She looks to those she’s serving, her clients and colleagues, to understand their needs, then delivers in ways that go beyond satisfying those needs – she helps them achieve what they didn’t realize they needed or wanted. Kelly is focused on achieving her goals, yet she patiently includes others in envisioning, planning and executing her vision, always keeping the end in mind yet flexing when changes arise. Kelly does not have hidden agendas; she speaks clearly about what she believes in and listens carefully to others. Her colleagues partner with her because of this and because she gets things done. With Kelly’s ability to collaboratively execute a vision to achieve desired goals, the school committee will achieve great things for the schools, the families and, most importantly, the kids!
I was introduced to Sheila through personal connections and then again through her role as Co-Chair for the Bedford SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council). Very quickly I noticed how Sheila’s ability to both listen and facilitate next steps moved the group forward in their influence. Through Sheila’s many collaborative efforts, SEPAC has gained more of a voice and re-energized partnerships with many key stakeholders in our school district and town. Sheila has been successful in bringing high quality programming to our community that brings subject matter experts, school personnel and resources to overloaded parents in need of support and resources. Sheila was also critical in partnering with the Recreation Department to allow students in summer school programming to still take part in the summer recreation program to enjoy their social connections and sense of play in summertime as well as participate in year-long recreation programs with student support as needed. Sheila’s extroverted nature, organizational skills, out of box thinking and ability to execute will be great assets to the School Committee!
Please join me in voting for both Kelly and Sheila on March 12.