Prepare students to thrive in a complex, dynamic and global environment
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Embrace and support a diverse student population
Build a healthy community based on constructive dialogue
Spend responsibly to meet strategic objectives
" Kulkarni, 49, a director of IT, has a well-reasoned and methodical approach to managing COVID-19 for in-person learning while also supporting families that choose remote education. We like her suggestion as part of that plan to give students accountability by asking them to sign a social contract to keep each other safe. "
I am humbled to receive this endorsement from the LCFT teachers union. Teachers, administration, superintendent, and Board need to run like a fine tuned orchestra to give our kids the best experience. This is only achievable through mutual trust and respect. Thank you!
Our Life in Libertyville
My husband and I moved to Libertyville in 2003 from Boston with our toddler in the cold month of January. Since then, our family has grown to add another daughter, a dog, and more recently, 2 wild squirrels. We have a warm community of neighbors and friends. My daughters are blessed with many adopted grandparents.
I arrived in the US nearly 3 decades ago as an engineering major pursuing a graduate degree in computer science. I have been working full time for 25+ years and have experience working for software startups, top consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies. Currently, I work at a large medical device company where I run multi million dollar, global, transformational programs that impact 15,000+ individuals . I am recognized as a critical thinker, a clear communicator, and a fiscally responsible leader. I also manage a large, global, matrixed team and mentor new career professionals. My experiences and skills make me a crucial asset on the District 128 School Board.
The most important job I have had is being mom to two smart, talented, and independent young ladies. Being a working mom has not been easy, but I have been able to pull this off with my family's support. I have tried hard to set aside some time for myself. Gardening takes me to my Zen place - I grow vegetables, and native plants to attract butterflies and birds. I volunteer with the Forest Preserves because I deeply care about conservation. I take to doodling to relax at the end of a long day.
My husband is an entrepreneur working on his next business venture using genetic testing to identify risk for cardiovascular disease.
Our older daughter graduated with Honors from LHS in 2019 and is currently pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Molecular Biology at a highly competitive university. She drew her inspiration from Science Olympiad and other classes at LHS. She was able to round out her experiences through participation in multiple LHS programs such as swimming, water polo, orchestra, and volunteering through National Honor Society. She continues to mentor low income students. This background prepared her for a future of her choice - something I want for all District 128 students.
Our younger daughter will be a freshman at LHS in 2021, and has a flair for product design, art, and social entrepreneurship. She channeled her waiting-to-be-spent energy during the pandemic to start her own dog biscuit business that also helps animals. She is an avid Viola player and will continue with the awesome D128 orchestra. She plans to try out for the LHS swim team and will most likely join Model UN. Being part of the National Junior Honor Society at Highland, we are hoping she will continue on to join the Honor Society at LHS.
Aster is a 6 year old rescue dog, who is the chief tasting officer in my daughter's business.