What Makes me Qualified to be a Member of the D47 Board of Education

I have been ridiculed, called a lunatic, slandered, and hated by people who don’t even know me.  I am getting a taste of what President Trump went through. It hurts. I’ll admit I cried, I reached out to my friends and I prayed.  I won’t know how it feels to have other’s do that to you for five years, like the former President.  A week was long enough for me.

People say that I am not qualified to be on the Board of Education, just because I sell Avon.  They don’t know my resume and they don’t know what else I do.  Selling Avon is more of a hobby for me. My real career is as a writer.  I had to postpone working on my second book because Covid hit and my kids were stuck at home.  My role as a mother is more important than my career.

As a Catholic I take my vocation very seriously.  I strive to be the best wife and mother that I can.  God blessed me with five very special kids.  He trusted me with their care.  I have to go out of my way and make sacrifices in order to make sure their needs are met.  It is vital that I spend as much time as I can at home.  That is why I chose a career that allows me to work from home.

I have to be flexible with my schedule.  My kids have more doctor’s appointments and therapy appointments than the average child.  I have to be available to attend all of their IEP meetings.  All four of my school aged children have IEPs.  I have to keep track of their individual goals and check to make sure the school is following through in helping them to reach those goals.  If you have a child with an IEP you should understand that. Now, multiply that by four.

This is what qualifies me to be a member of the D47 board of education.  I have successfully advocated for my kids through their IEPs.  When the school wasn’t helping my child I requested an IEP meeting.  As a parent you have the right to request a new IEP meeting any time you want a change. The school always followed through for me.  Changes were made and my child thrived.

I am ready to advocate for all children in D47.  If I see that the district is doing something that isn’t helping our kids I will request a change.  It is time for every child in D47 to thrive.  I want to help you and your children.

The board of education should be an accurate representation of the community of Crystal Lake.  We need a representative for the teachers, a representative for small business owners, and a representative for the parents. I care about our community, the families and the children that attend our schools.  I will listen to all those families looking for direction, be the voice for all those in need of one and be a community leader who makes a difference.

Elect a parent community leader.  Please join Friends of Cascia L. Talbert and get out and vote on April 6.

Cascia Talbert is a Catholic mother of five special needs kids. In 2018 she published the book, "Taking Care of Your Family's Health and Well-Being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold. She is also a professional flutist and an Avon Independent Sales Representative. You can learn more about Cascia on the following websites, cjsfunandgames.com and avoncrystallake.com. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, children and Baby, the playful black kitty.

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