Why Vote For Anisa?

My experiences as a mother, minister, counselor, advocate, and volunteer have taught me a great deal about the vital need for strong, effective, and collaborative communication systems and about the management of boards, budgets, and the need for accountable, sustainable growth and planning.

I have worked with many people and families with diverse perspectives and needs, and my service in pediatric chaplaincy has heightened my sensitivity to the challenges families of all configurations face. We have a great deal to be grateful for in our tight-knit community, and I want share in the leadership that continues to sustain and improve our school district as an oasis of hope, health, and learning for all our children in the midst of community growth.

My efforts as a Beechwood District board member would focus on serving the educational needs of all the children in our district, guided by our mission. Beechwood flourishes because we attend to students as resilient learners and we strive to create a unique community dedicated to student achievement, competency, and excellence. I want to continue to sustain that advocacy for all students and families in our district.

Our teachers and staff are extraordinary!  Support for a creative, challenging, and fulfilling work environment for teachers and staff is support for a creative, challenging, and fulfilling learning environment for our students.

Prudent use of our financial resources includes supporting growth and long-range planning that does not increase tax burden.  

Effective boards seek to cultivate collaborative relationships with the community and establish strong communication systems in ways that build mutual trust, and achieve district goals.

 

About Anisa

I am Anisa Willis, the mother of two Beechwood students, an eighth grader , Nicholas, and a senior, John. I have enjoyed 12 years of service and leadership as a parent volunteer here at Beechwood and have devoted my career to the needs and support of children and families. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, both my husband, Kevin, and I were educated in independent school systems and highly value them. It is my belief that a strong system of public education enriches every member of our community.  

I work part-time as the associate rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport and serve as a chaplain at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Religious Studies, a Masters of Divinity from Yale University, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  School district service and collaboration is important to me. I have recently served our district in an elected capacity on the Elementary Site Based Decision Making Council twice and am a Fellow to the Pritchard Committee Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. I also am a board member of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. In these roles, I have worked alongside other parents and policymakers to advocate for the educational needs and academic achievement of our students.  During my time as court-appointed advocate for CASA of Kenton and Campbell Counties I worked for ten years with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and assault helping many families negotiate the family court system and advocated for the best interest of the children. I also have served as a member of the Kenton County Foster Care Review Board, another vehicle of advocacy for vulnerable children.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Religious Studies, a Masters of Divinity from Yale University, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  School district service and collaboration is important to me. I have recently served our district in an elected capacity on the Elementary Site Based Decision Making Council twice and am a Fellow to the Prichard Committee Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. I also am a board member of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. In these roles, I have worked alongside other parents and policymakers to advocate for the educational needs and academic achievement of our students.  During my time as court-appointed advocate for CASA of Kenton and Campbell Counties I worked for ten years with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and assault helping many families negotiate the family court system and advocated for the best interest of the children. I also have served as a member of the Kenton County Foster Care Review Board, another vehicle of advocacy for vulnerable children.