Passionate about all children and their education
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 19-11 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 challenged and blessed us in many ways and has given me the experience in Educational Advocacy that I want to put to use in Kansas 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 in addition to my educational focus;
-I have been serving as a Board member of the College Hill Neighborhood Association (Vice President and President).
-I served on the Transit Advisory Board for two years
-I worked as Executive Director in a local Non Profit that focuses on Poverty relief
-I am active in my church (First MB)
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 worked hard to advocate for all of my children, ensuring that the education they receive now will help them contribute to our community in the future.
-I have been very involved in PTOs (President 3 yrs. VP 1 yr.), Site Councils, and volunteering in our schools.
-I have supported my District Board Members, Joy Eakins and Julie Hedrick, in helping them organize a Parent leadership panel so that they could hear directly from parents what needs and challenges they saw.
I am passionate about Kansas children receiving a great education. Our State must increase literacy rates, graduation rates, vocational education rates and decrease truancy and behavior issues in our schools. I want to connect all of our electeds and our community (parents and businesses) to solve these issues together.
I would love to hear from you and what innovative ideas you have concerning Kansas Schools, how we can work together to bring the best education possible to Kansas Students.