116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
I ran for school board in 2017 at a time when the district faced a critical need for additional infrastructure and there was significant anxiety among educators about major changes to collective bargaining laws. I hoped that I could use my voice to help move the district forward and I’m very proud of the work that I’ve been a part of in that pursuit.
During the four years I have now served on the board, I have dedicated myself to learning about all aspects of the district and how I can be most effective in my position. I have served on several committees including both finance and policy, giving me insight into the complex nature of school funding and budgeting, and a more comprehensive understanding of what the board’s role is and how it can be most effective. I have attended IASB conferences annually, where I have taken part in sessions related to school finance as well as those that leave me inspired by the power of education and determined to champion its mission.
I am acutely aware of the barriers to education that many of our students face and the powerful opportunity we have to make a difference in their lives, having faced significant adversity in my own childhood. I grew up in a single-parent home, raised by a mother who suffers from severe mental health and addiction challenges. Like many of our students, I carry the lasting scars of trauma and know personally how meaningful a positive learning environment is to their well-being.
I am eager to continue the work I’ve started and the work we’ve yet to embark upon. I feel called to serve in this way and I would be honored to have your vote on Nov. 2
Rachel Wall is a candidate for Linn-Mar School Board.