My name is Janet Godwin, and I’m running for School Board because public schools are the bedrock of a community, and I want to keep ours strong
Now, more than ever, in the face of national and state budget cuts, we need strong, experienced leaders on our school board. Professionals with vision, transparent communication skills, and the ability to make and follow through on tough decisions. I’m running because I want to build upon the proud tradition of our school district and see it grow to meet the changing needs of our community, state, nation, and world.
My background uniquely prepares me for this role.
I have lived in Iowa City since 1987 and know the community well. I moved here to go to graduate school in English, and I received a master’s in English and completed extensive coursework in instructional design and technology.
I am a mom, and my two kids, Emily and Jack, have had amazing experiences in Iowa City schools. Emily attended Longfellow, Southeast, and graduated from City High. Jack will be a 6th grader at Longfellow this fall, attending the new Hoover school while Longfellow receives extensive renovations. I can say from personal experience that the facilities master plan is working.
I have worked at ACT since 1990 and understand the systemic issues facing education in the US. I know that the achievement gap is real and that without commitment and unwavering focus we will continue to leave students behind. I started at ACT as an entry-level content developer, and I’ve worked my way up to the role of Chief Operating Officer. I have a great deal of general management experience.
I am a very strong leader. Strong leaders create a vision and rally people behind that vision. They provide clarity of support and resource. They get to know people on the front line. They hold themselves accountable when things go wrong and highlight their teams, not themselves, when things go well. Strong leaders are humble, they listen, they continue to learn. They make tough decisions based on facts and stick to those decisions. I have practiced and honed these leadership skills throughout all of my life’s endeavors, and I am ready to bring these skills to the school board.
I have extensive experience working for and serving on boards. I understand the role of a board and the role of management, and I intend to bring that perspective to the school board.
In the coming years there are critical decisions in front of us. As a candidate and board member, these are my areas of focus:
- Pass the GO Bond and complete the facilities master plan
- Focus on equity and access
- Focus on closing the achievement gap and ensuring all students are prepared for life after high school
- Reboot the way in which the school board functions, focusing on clarifying roles, protocols, and fostering a culture of trust and mutual respect