~ Submitted by Kelly Horton
I am excited to announce my candidacy for election to the Bedford School Committee; it would be a tremendous honor for me to serve our community in this capacity.
My husband and I moved to Bedford with our oldest son over eight years ago. We were drawn to town by the outstanding reputation of Bedford schools and the town’s sense of community. Since then, our family has grown, and our oldest son is now at Lane, our middle son is at Davis, and our youngest will start kindergarten at Davis in 2023. We have had many positive experiences in the Bedford school system, which can largely be attributed to the district’s dedicated teachers and staff.
Like everyone, my family and I have grown exhausted of the pandemic but have also found a few silver linings over the past two years. First, I’ve been able to spend more quality time with my family including having the opportunity to coach three youth sports teams here in Bedford. Secondly, I’ve gained an understanding of and appreciation for the role, importance, and responsibility of town government, specifically the School Committee.
My desire to run for School Committee is driven by my passion for ensuring that Bedford schools continue to meet the needs of all students regardless of where they are in their learning journeys. In the coming years, nothing is more important than fostering an environment that enables each child to develop socially, emotionally, and academically. I am committed to continued and enhanced dialogue and collaboration between the administration, teachers, parents, and students. By working together, I believe the best is yet to come.
Professionally, I have spent the last 13 years working at a mission-driven biotech company. I have worked in roles of increasing responsibility spanning from commercial operations to leadership development. Recent accomplishments include overseeing the organization’s Women’s Leadership Program and developing its multiple sclerosis health equity strategy.
At the end of the day, I’m a mom who is deeply committed to the Bedford schools, the children that attend them, and our overall community. If elected, I would consider it a privilege to represent your voices, along with mine, and give back to this wonderful community.