Mia Olson for Bloomington School Board

MEET MIA OLSON

Since I was young, I knew that I would work with children. I earned degrees in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Development from the University of Minnesota, and a degree in Elementary Education from St. Catherine University. I have completed an internship at The Bridge for Runaway Youth. I have over two decades of experience as a substitute teacher in the Bloomington Public Schools. I have taught in a wide variety of classroom settings throughout the district, including: Early Childhood, Special Education, English Language Learners, and kindergarten through middle school classrooms.

I grew up in a family of strong public education supporters. I am the daughter of a teacher and a coach. My dad created the Adapted Physical Education program for the public schools while working for the State Department of Education. My background helped shape my advocacy for inclusion - not just for special education, but for all students.

My husband is a Bloomington Lincoln graduate. He and I raised two children in the Bloomington Public Schools from preschool through graduation. I was fortunate to be able to volunteer in many capacities along the way. Bloomington has always been a school district in which I am proud to both live and work.

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A voice for public schools

 

My experience working throughout the district has given me the unique opportunity to listen to the concerns of parents, teachers, support staff and students. As a School Board member, I will advocate for those voices.

 

THE ISSUES

 
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Invest in Public Schools

Investing in public education contributes to the well being of our students, our community, and our society in general. It is a investment that pays off.

I will work with our community, our representatives, local companies, and volunteers to invest time, money, and other resources into our public schools.

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Retaining Quality Teachers

As the nation faces a teacher shortage and teachers are feeling undervalued and overwhelmed, I will advocate for attracting and retaining our valuable teachers.

I will listen to our teachers and find out what they need to be most effective in their classrooms. I will support them as the best advocates for their students.

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Equity in Education

The purpose of public education is to educate every student who walks through our doors.

I will work with our community to ensure that every student in every school has what they need to feel safe, secure and successful.

 
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Technology

I will support strong technology resources so that students gain the skills necessary for their future.

I will advocate for a careful balance of technology and classroom interaction between students and teachers, as well as a balance with real life experiences.

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Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes prove that we care about investing in our students. Small class sizes give each student the opportunity to develop a healthy and strong relationship with their teachers and with each other.

I will advocate for small class sizes to allow for more individualized attention for our students.

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Support Staff

I will advocate for retaining quality support staff, each of whom plays a critical role in the success of our students' education.

 
 
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School Safety

As a teacher I have experienced lock-down drills with students for over a decade. I have seen how the threat of gun violence affects our students.

I will continue to advocate for the safe school environment each of our students deserves.

 

Endorsements

 
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Rep. Andrew Carlson
District 50B

I am proud to support Mia in her candidacy for Bloomington School Board. I know her to be dedicated, energetic, and passionate on issues that affect students in our community. I've witnessed her tireless advocacy first-hand, having met with her at the capitol several times in her role as group leader for MOMS Demand Action.

Mia has valuable experience as an educator in the Bloomington public schools, and her concern for the well-being of all students is genuine and sincere.

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Rep. Michael Howard
District 50A

Mia is a compassionate leader who will listen to Bloomington families and will always put our kids first. She will be an excellent School Board member and I'm proud to support her.

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Dave Hutch Hutchinson
Sheriff, Hennepin County

Mia Olson is a champion for public education and public safety. Mia understands the benefits of education, empathy, and accountability. As Hennepin County Sheriff I understand how a strong education helps children prosper so that they can be successful later in life, which also makes our community safer. I live in Bloomington and I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have as a school board member in our community.

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Tamara Grady
OutFront Minnesota Action Board Member

OutFront Minnesota Action is excited to endorse Mia Olson as a candidate for Bloomington School Board. We appreciate your support of the LGBTQ community and look forward to working with you now and in the future on issues related to LGBTQ liberation.

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Meggie Wittorf
Executive Director

Women Winning is proud to endorse Mia Olson for Bloomington School Board. With more than two decades of experience as a substitute teacher and as the mother of two Bloomington Public School students, Mia will bring invaluable insight to the Board. Mia is a committed advocate for the well-being of students and will work diligently to ensure that Bloomington Schools are safe and supportive.

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Wendy Marczak
President, Bloomington Federation of Teachers

 
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