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Amy Zuren, Willoughby-Eastlake Candidate Qustionnaire

Amy Zuren, Willoughby-Eastlake Candidate Qustionnaire

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Election Questionnaire
Office sought: Willoughby-Eastlake School Board Member Name: Amy M. Zuren
Biographical details:

Date questionnaire completed: 9 September 2013

Age: 39 Date of birth: 11/12/1973 Place of birth: Garfield Heights, Ohio Home address: 1054 Valley Creek Drive, Eastlake, Ohio 44095 Length of residence in that community: 12 years E-mail address: amyzuren@att.net Marital status: married since 2003 Name of spouse: Dr. Michael Zuren, Ph.D. (currently running for Eastlake Council at Large)

Name and age of any children: Christopher (step-son) age 16-Senior at North High School, Zachary-age 8-3rd grade at Longfellow Elementary, Delaney age 6-1st grade at Longfellow Elementary, and Lindsey Grace-who is a happy and fun loving 6 month old infant. Twitter: N/A Facebook: N/A

Campaign Web site: http://amyzurenforw-eschoolboard.weebly.com Occupation: Master’s Degree Student in the Addiction Counseling Program at Capella University Employer: Currently doing clinical fieldwork hours as an unpaid student counseling intern Business address: N/A Elected office experience: To date, I have no formal office experience with elected positions based upon requiring the votes of local residents. Withstanding this, I look forward to collaboratively using my local/civic/church board, former employment experience, and volunteer efforts to be an effective board member for the Willoughby-Eastlake school district. Non-elected office experience (boards, etc.): Willoughby United Methodist Church  Council on Education (COE) Board Member  Vacation Bible School Planning Committee and Volunteer (2 years)  Willo-Boo Children’s Activity Coordinator in association with event in downtown Willoughby Lake County Early Childhood PTA

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Current President Former Vice President Former Second Vice President

St. Noel’s Catholic Church  Formerly active with Meal Ministry committee  Former nursery room volunteer during services Education (Please only list schools you’ve graduated from and list degrees if applicable): Capella University: Current Master’s Degree Student-Addiction Counseling Program, degree completion summer of 2014, President’s Award designation for all quarters (4.0 GPA) John Carroll University, B.A. conferred in 1996 (Major in Philosophy, Minor in Biology)-Dean’s List Recognition. I received an academic scholarship for all four years at John Carroll University. Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (Cleveland, Ohio), high school diploma conferred in 1992. Organizations: Willoughby United Methodist Church: Current member and active volunteer American Counseling Association: student member Longfellow Elementary: PTA member, PTA volunteer for holiday events, school occasions, fieldtrips, and various parties. Lake County Early Childhood PTA: Past and current board member Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, impro ve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it? I appreciate the opportunity to be considered as board candidate for the Willoughby-Eastlake School district. Based on being a mother of multiple children within the district, I have a vested interest in the success, wellbeing, academic standing, and financial outlook of the Willoughby-Eastlake city schools. If elected in November, I have many specific areas of pertinent interest including:     helping the school district aptly evaluate and make sound and financially prudent decisions in the best interests of the student in congruence with community resources; being a local representative to link the school district with the overall opinions and concerns of the community; to advocate for a strong system of student achievement based upon individualized student needs for optimal success and achievement; AND to advocate for drug education and bully prevention programming within the school district.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you? As a Master’s degree student in Addiction Counseling, I am committed to high achievement and academic goals. Currently, I am on the President’s List at Capella University with a cumulative 4.0 GPA for the entire duration of my entire Master’s degree program. Based upon my academic standing and my volunteer activities, I was awarded a John A. Mathers Memorial Scholarship on August 25, 2013 from Willoughby United Methodist Church. In April 2013, my husband completed his Ph.D. in business leadership which further underscores the high respect within our home regarding higher learning, advanced degrees, and educational pursuits.

I enjoy being involved and active in my community via various volunteer efforts and outreach programs. Especially, I have enjoyed volunteering in my children’s classrooms for parties, fieldtrips, events (i.e. carnivals, bingos), and being a volunteer at Longfellow’s annual Santa Shop. My classroom involvement started when my children attended Wee Care Preschool (now Kennedy Early Learning Center) wherein I volunteered to make popcorn, read to the students, and help with class parties. Currently, I am very active in my church community including volunteer projects associated with serving/preparing a Christmas community meal, Christmas caroling to sick or house bound individuals, assisting with the youth mission trip fundraiser, serve/prepare senior lunches, organizing the Willo-Boo event (for two years), and planning and volunteering for vacation bible school. Currently, I have enjoyed many volunteer opportunities to serve the local community via work at the McKinley Community Center (in association with WUMC) and at the Eastlake Kiwanis food pantry in association with Eastlake Cub Scout Pack 83. NOTE TO CANDIDATES: Please be aware that this questionnaire will be published.

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