Allen Todd for Webster Groves School District Board of Education

Why I’m Running

When I won a special election for school board 1.5 years ago, the world was quickly becoming a different place. COVID-19 changed so many things, and its impact on schools, teachers, and our students’ learning has been dramatic.

During my first campaign, I promised that every decision I made would be guided by what I believed to be the best interest of all our kids. Through these difficult months, I have kept that commitment with every decision I have made. My desire to continue to serve our community as your voice on the school board remains a personal one. With two kids in elementary school, the future of the Webster Groves School District is very important to me. Our schools’ success is our children’s success. As a parent and member of this community, I will continue to do all I can to ensure they are prepared to be successful citizens.

A listener and a leader

I have spent my professional career working to understand different ideas and opinions. My nonprofit and public policy experience have taught me how to listen to new ideas and differing opinions, and bring people together toward a common
goal, like providing the best possible education we can for ALL our children.

Experience that counts

I have been active in our school district for many years. Not only have I served on the Board of Education for 1.5 years, but I have also served as the Chair of the district’s Finance Advisory Committee, and as a PTO President. I am a nonprofit professional with a public policy background, which provides me a broad skillset and background to be your voice on the board of education.

A parent perspective

I believe it is important to have someone on the board with kids in our schools. As the parent of two elementary school children, and a volunteer at both the building and district level, I am committed to the long-term success of our district.

Equity across the district

I think it is critical to apply an equity lens when making decisions, and to ensure a high-quality public education for all students in our district. I am especially passionate about helping those who are most vulnerable, simply because the system was not designed with them in mind. I believe fundamentally that quality public education is foundational to creating change, and eliminating inequities that have been created and furthered.