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Note: Within a year of starting a new job and buying her first home, Kate Lauzon is breaking another new ground for herself by running for a seat on the School Committee in her hometown of Pittsfield, MA. This is Kate’s official announcement of her next career move.
I am declaring my candidacy for the elected office of School Committee in the City of Pittsfield this year.
I have been serving my community across several different platforms ever since I moved to Pittsfield over 10 years ago—starting with volunteering at the Christian Center and adding roles as a Community Navigator for Berkshire Bridges and former Chair of the Morningside Initiative.
Currently, I am a consultant for the Parent Teacher Organization at the Morningside Community School. I serve on the Resource Recovery Committee for the City as well as on the programming committees of both the Dulye Leadership Experience and Berkshire Business and Professional Women.
I have remained involved with all these and more while straddling a full-time career as an Account Executive of Sales at Cross Insurance Agency, being a single parent homeschooling and figuring out how to manage a newly bought home by myself. I have experience in being in poverty and in having two children in middle school, one of whom has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). I feel that this is my time to give back and make a difference. I have forged many relationships here with people across the spectrum— parents, teachers and community members.
I believe it is time for some fresh eyes and perspective from someone who cares, listens, has been a voice for the community when wanted and is a problem solver. I am committed to give understanding and respect to our teachers, that they are way more than just educators to our children. I firmly believe that now is the time to put our energy in the future—our children of Pittsfield.