Our school district and school board are nonpartisan entities. Our common societal value is the district mission. When our district leaders make decisons coalesced around this mission, collaboration is born, progress is supported, professionalism and unity reign. Polarizing political ideologies at the board level inhibit our growth to becoming a premier, high achieving school district. My campaign is built on the needed vision of district unity in which every voice is heard, empowered, and lifted so we ensure excellence for every child, and for this reason, I will not be seeking or accepting political endorsements. I have no political affiliations. The following endorsements are from individuals who have the lived experience of knowing my work and intentions as a teacher, an educator, a mom in the community, and a resident of ISD 279.
Since becoming acquainted with Bridget, we have had some meaningful conversations about the state of education and our District 279 community. In the conversations with Bridget, I could tell that she was very comfortable having what some would consider "tough" conversations. She was open and honest and gave some very insightful solutions to some pretty heavy topics. It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Bridget Erickson for school board member.
ISD 279 Teacher, Park Center Senior High
As a former colleague and former leader of the teacher’s union at Wayzata Public Schools, I enthusiastically endorse Bridget Erickson’s candidacy for the Osseo School Board. As a colleague, I witnessed Bridget’s tireless work, as a literacy specialist, helping students grow. She approached her work understanding the uniqueness of each child and the background they came from. Knowing their background helped Bridget work to bring out the best person and learner her students could be. As the former head of the teacher’s union, I saw how Bridget embodied our mission of providing a quality education for each and every student. Bridget will not only bring a strong work ethic and perspective to the Osseo School Board but will also be an advocate for teachers.
- Adam Tillotson,
former president, Wayzata Education Association
It is with great honor and respect that I write this endorsement of Bridget Erickson for Osseo Area Schools School Board. As an alum, a current parent and educator in the Osseo district, I feel confident that Bridget can use her leadership skills to unite our district--and keep students at the center of the work. I live in Maple Grove where my two elementary age students attend school. I work at Brooklyn Middle School in Brooklyn Park. Every day, I feel, see and live the differences between the west side and east side of our district. What drew me to Bridget when I first met her was her passion for strategically working to make connections between the west side and east side. During a planning session for the Just4Kids Community Service Event, Bridget listened intently as I shared experiences of working with black students at my school. She took note, modified and adjusted the event and continually asked questions. As we prepare for a challenging school year--with many inequities and unknowns present--it is Bridget I want guiding and supporting our work in District 279.
ISD 279 Teacher, Brooklyn Middle School
ISD 279 Alumnus
ISD 279 Parent
I am excited to endorse Bridget Erickson for the Osseo School Board. I’ve known Bridget for fifteen years, ten of those working with her as a teacher in a diverse suburban school district. Bridget would make an excellent school board member because she works vigorously for what she believes in and strives for the best for each student and family. She has the skills and insight which are instrumental for success.
As I stated above I worked and taught with Bridget for ten years. I don’t just say taught because she worked! After hours Bridget worked extremely diligently trying to find what would help each of her students, no matter what level they were at. Her strong desire to raise their achievement level and be their best was and is still and internal drive she has. She never quit and constantly researched new and innovative methods to help her students learn as well as further her own education as a teacher.
Bridget taught in a culturally and economically diverse suburban school district. She wanted each student to celebrate who they were and the skills they possessed. She was able to connect with families of all backgrounds and genuinely listened and worked hard to represent their voices at school. Families of different cultures felt welcomed and as though they had a friend in her and could trust her to do what is best for them and their students. She was very highly thought of by many families.
Community is also extremely important to Bridget. She is involved in her own community with her kids and their activities. She was involved in our school community as well attending after hour activities and making important connections with families. These connections are important for success. She is good at bringing people together and seeing the potential of what could be.
Bridget Erickson will no doubt bring the families and students of the Osseo schools together for a successful change and a powerfully strong partnership.
ISD 279 Resident;
Teacher, Wayzata Public Schools;
Bridget has exceptional skills at building relationships with students, parents and staff. Her interpersonal skills are extraordinary. She is an excellent listener, positive, well liked and highly respected. Bridget is meticulous in her documentation and very accomplished in systems implementation. She is hard working, humble, caring, approachable, calm and responsive. Bridget is a leader that repeatedly seeks out opportunities for her own professional development.
Her ability to engage students, families, staff and parents of all ages and backgrounds is incredible. Her genuine approach allows people to feel seen, heard and valued.
Bridget has significant experience with culturally and linguistically diverse students - we hired her in our Metro district to help us examine the needs in a large public school system. She did a beautiful job of seeking and incorporating teacher and staff input from all levels and areas to help make systemic change
- Allie Storti,
I am writing in support of Bridget Erickson for the Osseo School Board. While I served on the Wayzata School Board for nine years, I had the opportunity to see and work with Bridget first-hand as a teacher in the district. Through a number of conversations we’ve had as she explored a run for the school board, I am impressed by her knowledge, her ideas and her commitment to working with everyone to get things done for the parents and children of the district. We need people like Bridget more than ever to serve on our school boards. She will be non-partisan, and bring her experience in both the private and public school systems to ensure fairness and accountability for all. I urge everyone to vote for Bridget Erickson for Osseo Public Schools.
former Wayzata School Board Chair
I am writing to publicly add my support to Bridget Erickson in her candidacy for the Osseo School District School Board.
I am an Osseo School District educator with teaching experience at Elm Creek Elementary, Osseo Area Learning Center, and Palmer Lake Elementary, as well as a parent of students in the district. The quality and integrity of the School Board is something that matters deeply to me.
I have known Bridget Erickson for 12 years and have admired her organization skills as well as her ability to follow through on commitments. Bridget has an extensive background in education, as she has worked with students of all ages as well as providedconsultation services to other educators and education systems. Bridget has a vast knowledge of what is needed to support students and schools in attaining academic excellence. Bridget’s campaign slogan of “Academic Excellence for Every Student” is not an empty campaign slogan but, rather, Bridget’s sincere promise that she will work diligently for every student in our school system.
Bridget is smart, dedicated, level-headed and deeply committed to the children, parents and schools within the Osseo School District. In her campaign, Bridget has been gathering input from parents, teachers, administration and other citizens about what they think is working as well as not working within our school system. If elected, I believe Bridget will continue to obtain feedback and input from a wide array of sources. Being that Bridget is a parent of school-age children who attend ISD 279, she is sensitive to the concerns of parents as well as an advocate for change and advancement. Please take the time to visit her platform at www.ericksonfor279.com, and I hope you will join me in voting for her on November 3.
-Wendy Ames, MSCCC/SLP,
ISD 279 Speech Language Pathologist;
ISD 279 Resident
Bridget and I co-taught several months together in my elementary science classroom. I taught the fundamental science concepts while Bridget used her expertise to teach the students scientific vocabulary development and academic writing skills. While working with Bridget, I witnessed her passion for making sure ALL students were academically challenged. Each of her lessons had academic rigor with built in supports to help engage and build the confidence of my academically at-risk students. Bridget's attention to detail, professionalism and overall caring for the students in my classroom was obvious from the first day that she arrived. I fully endorse Bridget Erickson as a candidate for the Osseo School Board. Bridget's vision, compassion for others, and hard work will help the Osseo School District in equipping all of its students for academic success.
Valentine Hills Elementary
Mounds View Public Schools
I write this letter in support of Bridget Erickson as a candidate for a seat on the Osseo Area Schools Board. I have had the firsthand opportunity to experience Bridget’s desire for excellence in education as a 4 th grade teacher in the Wayzata School District. My daughter was lucky enough to have been placed in this beginning teacher’s classroom. I saw Bridget’s ability to get to know each of her student’s individually and connect to their academic and personal interests, which are paramount in engaging students in their learning. She was also highly skilled in communicating with families and participated in all areas of the school community. My daughter was pushed to her personal best, and encouraged as a reader and writer, which were where her passions lied. We still talk about their Friday afternoon class bonding time with their Nintendo DS, which were very popular at the time, and Bridget participated and engaged with the kids to build classroom community. She also went out of her way to attend her students’ extra-curricular events, such as weekend hockey games. I am a 33 year veteran teacher of District 279, and I and am excited to see a highly qualified candidate like Bridget with a willingness to serve the entire community of District 279.
I reconnected with Bridget at this year’s District 279 Foundation Gala. Now a parent of students in our district and still heavily involved in education, she instantly remembered where I taught – at a school on the “east” side of our district, Fair Oaks. She immediately let me know that if and when she would return to the classroom, that is the setting where she felt she could best serve students with her strong background in Elementary Reading and a Masters in EL. We had a great conversation and have kept up our communication as she has pursued her run for a seat on our Board.
Bridget’s research into becoming a school board member has been incredibly detailed and highlights her strong work ethic and desire to do her best in anything she takes on. It is clear that she will work to ensure that students have the curriculum, resources and technology and professional staff available that best fit their site’s learning environment. Bridget is level headed and will have the ability to see all sides of issues. She holds a unique perspective and lens as that of a community member, tax payer, business professional, teacher and
parent. She also has a strong understanding that with a district this large, a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t always work, and sites need to be able to make decisions that best affect their population of students and families.
Please join me in supporting Bridget Erickson for the Osseo School Board. She will embrace a fresh face of intelligence, understanding, integrity and accountability to the Board. Strong schools make for strong communities, and Bridget understands the importance of working equitably, collaboratively and thoughtfully for the best outcomes for ALL of the diverse students and communities District 279 serves.
Fair Oaks Elementary,
Brooklyn Park, MN
I write this letter in support of Bridget Erickson as a candidate for the Osseo School Board. I had the opportunity to experience Bridget’s passion for education in two different scenarios. First as a fourth grade teacher to both of my children in the Wayzata School District. And secondly, I served two terms on the Plymouth City Council and three terms as the Plymouth Mayor, and throughout my twenty year service, I worked closely with the Wayzata School District. I am a proud graduate of the Osseo School District and am excited to see a highly qualified candidate like Bridget with a willingness to serve the District.
Bridget is a hard worker and has the tenacity to tackle issues head on and ensure that students have the resources and professional staff available that best fit their needs. Bridget is fair and will have the ability to see all sides of issues from the lens of an educator, as well as that of a parent and taxpayer.
The care and support that Bridget brings to the classroom will transfer to her duties as a school board member. I felt confident each day that my children were in her classroom that they were receiving the best education and attention from their teacher. Bridget is able to engage students of all different learning abilities and has a true desire to provide the best education and learning strategies to all students.
Please join me in supporting Bridget Erickson for the Osseo School Board. She will bring integrity and accountability to the Board. Strong schools make for strong communities and Bridget understands the importance of working together for the best outcomes for all children.
- Kelli Slavik,
ISD 279 & Park Center High School Alumnus
Plymouth City Council 1999 -2006;
Plymouth Mayor 2007-2018
Bridget Erickson was one of the outstanding graduates of our MA program in the School of Education. Because of that, and because of her in-depth experience in K-12 education, we hired her subsequently to teach classes to practicing teachers about working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. There is no better qualified person for the Osseo School Board.
-Ann Mabbott, Ph.D.,
Hamline University School of Education
As a former teaching colleague of Bridget's for many years, I witnessed her commitment to excellence in everything she does. Bridget continually sought out new ideas and training, always wanting the best education possible for each and every student. Respected by staff and students alike, Bridget was a leader who modeled best practices in education. Any school board would be fortunate to have Bridget as a member. I highly recommend Bridget Erickson for Osseo School Board. -
I am writing to endorse Bridget Erickson for ISD 279 School Board. Bridget was one of the first people I met after moving here from NYC 10 years ago. She understood my struggle of moving from one of the most diverse cities in the world to a suburb in Minnesota. I worried about raising my children here. How do I raise children who are accepting of ALL here? It is a struggle I believe many in Maple Grove feel. We've had countless discussions on what we can do to help our children not only accept, but appreciate, diversity. Bridget is the first one to try to do things within our community to increase inclusivity and involvement. Whether it be organizing Connecting through Kindess, our neighborhood Cookout, to managing our sports teams, she is passionate and personally invested in our community and social issues. Bridget is passionate about so many issues but the one that inspires me to be better in MY own life is her passion for equity. She has worked tirelessly to create educational equity for students throughout her career. I cannot think of a better candidate for our school board, especially in light of our current environment. She is an inspiration to me, and I truly believe she would do great things to better our school district.
ISD 279 Parent & Resident
I am honored to give my full endorsement to Bridget Erickson. I have worked with Bridget in a few different capacities and feel that her organizational and planning skills are some of the strongest I've ever seen. That combined with her background in education and most importantly her passion for a better learning environment for EVERY student, makes her an invaluable candidate for our school board.
- Autumn Tuthill,
ISD 279 Parent & Resident
Bridget is greatly admired and influential parent leader within Osseo Maple Grove school district, where I have two children. She positively impacts our community by volunteering and inspiring our families to get involved. Bridget constantly seeks to understand and learn through networking and gathering diverse input. She has an exceptionally broad education and community vision, and is dedicated to helping all students succeed. I'm excited for positive changes we will see with Bridget's energy, passion, and creativity on our school board! -l
- Amber Johnson,
ISD 279 Parent & Resident
We would be so lucky to have Bridget on our District 279 board. She is one of the best people I know.
ISD 279 Parent & Resident
Individuals Formally Endorsing Bridget Erickson
Brie Germscheid, parent, Osseo School District
Raun Khaleeah Bullard, parent, Osseo School District
Brytten Rice , parent, Osseo School District
Lori Bierschbach, parent, Osseo School District
Deb Anderson, Osseo School District
Emili Miller, Marquette Club of Minnesota
Sarah Peterson, parent, Wayzata School District
Lauren Sowards, parent, Osseo School District
Kelli Williams, parent, Osseo School District
Amber Johnson, parent, Osseo School District
Nicole Wolverton, parent, Osseo School District
Mike Colbert, parent, Lakeville School District
Mara Milne, parent, Osseo School District
Brandon Erickson, parent, Osseo School District
Autumn Tuthill, parent, Osseo School District
Emily Grossman, parent, Osseo School District
Melissa Stratton, parent, Osseo School District
Diana Schneider, parent, Osseo School District
Amanda Barnhouse, parent, Osseo School District
Shawna Matheson, resident, Osseo School District
Chelsea Brecht, parent, Osseo School District
Steve Gilbert, parent, Osseo School District
Paula Schmidt, parent, Osseo School District
Kate Noble, parent, Osseo School District
Katie Howe, parent, Osseo School District
Larry Davis, parent, Osseo School Distruct
Beth Langhoff, parent, Mahtomedi School District
Leslie Bachman, parent, Osseo School District
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