Public schools continue to be underfunded and targeted by conservatives but, in the midst of all of that, they work diligently to serve all the student needs that come through their doors. Even with that, concerns regarding equity remain for many public school children. How can our communities help to support equity in our public schools? Teree Caldwell-Johnson, president of the Des Moines School Board, will address the issues around equity in public education and the role of communities.
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About our presenter: Teree Caldwell-Johnson has spent her entire career in public service. Born in Salina, Kansas, Teree has a B.A. in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a M.P.A. from the University of Kansas.
In 1988 Teree was appointed Executive Director of the Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, Iowa. She served in that position until 1996 when she was appointed to the position of Polk County Manager, a position she held from 1996-2003. In April of 2004 Teree was appointed to the position of President and CEO for Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services.
Teree was elected to the Des Moines School Board in 2006 and re-elected in 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2021, and currently serves as Board Chair. In addition to the DMPS Board, Teree serves on the board of directors of the National Civic League, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Capital Crossroads, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, OpportUNITY, Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, Planned Parenthood North Central States, and The Directors Council.
Crossroads is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Des Moines.