To the editor:
I am running for the Hardin-Houston School Board. My name is Christine Helman, and I would like to introduce myself. I was raised in Houston and am a granddaughter of Roy and Gertrude Roeth. My grandparents lived here for many years and my aunts and uncles were raised here, of whom many were heavily involved in the Houston community. I would like to continue with this tradition. As a child, I was instilled with values from my family that education is of the utmost importance. I still believe that today and want to have the opportunity to instill that belief in the young people of our community. I graduated as Christine Kellar from Houston High School in 1989 as valedictorian. I went onto Wittenberg University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1993. I continued on with my education at Miami University, where I graduated with a Master of Science degree in mathematics in 1996. Since graduation, I have been in the engineering field of software development and continue in this field today. During this time, I continued my passion for education by teaching math and computer science courses at Miami University, Otterbein University, Wright State University Lake Campus, and Edison State Community College. As a result of these opportunities, I understand what goes into the education process, what is involved with creating lesson plans, and the effort it takes to grade a student’s work.
I am currently a member of the Houston Community Association, and I volunteer for the PTO, band boosters, and athletic boosters. I want to invest myself and my time into the community and Hardin-Houston school the same way that so many people invested themselves when I was in school. My goal is to take my drive, my motivation, and my passion for education and to work to improve our state report card, and to work closely with the teachers and administration to create a seamless unified team for the ultimate goal of benefiting the education that the students receive. I would like the opportunity to represent the community, the school board, the administration, the staff, and the students with my passion for education to make Hardin-Houston school the best it can be. I would appreciate your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7.