MEET Trish

Passionate about all children and their education
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Hi, I'm Trish Hileman and the handsome guy next to me in the picture is my husband Stephen. We are parents to 5 wonderful children ages 17-10 years old. I have always loved education, I received my bachelor's degree in Business Education from Central Washington University in 1997. I moved to Wichita at that time to work for Cargill as a Wheat Merchant for their flour mill (13th and George Washington). Stephen and I married in November of 1999 and in 2001 our first child was born. I decided to stay home with our son and use some of that teaching knowledge I learned in College.

We were soon blessed with twins, who we later learned are Autistic, this has blessed us in many ways and has given me the experience in Educational Advocacy that I want to put to use in Wichita for you.  Our last two children were a boy and finally a girl to round out our handful of children, each with their own passions, challenges and strengths.

I have served Wichita in a number of capacities and besides my educational focus, I have been serving as a Board member of the College Hill Neighborhood Association (Vice President and President). I also serve on the Transit Adivsory Board and have had impact in our Public Pools conversations. I really enjoy getting to know people in my community and helping others get connected with the amazing city we call home.

As our children have grown we have made their educations match their needs,  by home schooling, e-schooling, attending private school and public schools. I have also been very involved in PTOs (President 3 yrs. VP 1 yr.), Site Councils, and volunteering in our schools.  Most recently I was supporting my District Board Member, Joy Eakins, and helping her organize a Parent leadership panel so that she could hear directly from parents what needs and challenges they saw, as well as allowing Joy to educate them to the challenges before the School Board.  This Parent engagement has been exciting! Out of this group parents have worked to increase our student's number of recesses, had input into the budget process and contributed to Superintendent priorities.

 

Joy asked me to run for her seat a couple years ago and I lost that race, but I have been volunteering for Julie Hedrick (my opponent initially) to continue the feedback sessions and speak up for our District's Schools. 

I am running again as I feel my perspective as a parent, Special Needs Parent and advocate for our schools and community can be brought to improve our schools.

I hope you will join me in becoming involved in your local schools, through parenting, volunteering, tutoring or donating time or money in some way. When we all contribute, just a little, our community wins in the high caliber of students our schools will produce. 

 

Today though, I am just asking for your vote and support as I endeavor to serve as a USD 259 At Large School Board Member.

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