Voters Guide: Flossmoor School District 161


Four-year terms (vote for 3)

David Linnear 

  David Linnear
B.S., Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1984
M.S. Health System Management, Grantham University, 2016
Engineer/Remedial Project Manager for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; former business owner/operator; former education program director for reading and elementary school partnership; former adjunct professor.
Married to Yaowaroj (Elle) Linnear, and four sons — David III (Chip), Daniel, Virote (Rain) and Aspen. Virote is a kindergartener at Heather Hill and Aspen is a preschooler at Flossmoor Hills. 

Incumbent: No
Other elected positions: No
Most important issues:
The children of District 161 deserve the best education possible. As a member of the school board, I promise to continually push for excellence; ask the tough questions and demand thorough, transparent answers; and provide informed leadership.
With two boys attending Flossmoor schools, I am fully engaged in their learning and school activities. I am inspired to make a difference and apply what I’ve learned through my experiences in business, politics and healthcare to ensure the district is serving its students well, and equitably.
The Village of Flossmoor supports its schools. We need a board which reflects, supports and answers to the community. I am an advocate of music, art and world languages; STEM; health and safety; and facilities improvements.
We must support our teachers and staff members as they educate, but also administrators when the budget calls for fiscal restraint. And, I believe we must have systems in place to properly evaluate our schools and education protocols, and hold the system accountable.
My experience as an engineer (36 years), project manager and businessman uniquely positions me to bring a fresh perspective to the school board. I will apply my managerial experience to ask key questions, research viable solutions and negotiate agreeable outcomes. This broad knowledge and experience have prepared me to tackle the quality of education, equity and fiscal challenges facing the district, while representing a broad range of interests.
I will base decisions on what is best for district students. I am passionate about ensuring that all our children get the best possible start in life. In my career, I have demonstrated my ability to provide guidance and make tough decisions. I believe that my experience and my empathy for each child will be assets to the board as it faces the educational challenges ahead. I look forward to working with parents and members of our community to secure quality education for all our students.

Christina Popolla-Vlietstra 

B.A., Elementary Education, Governors State University, 2008
Graduate, Bloom High School, 2002
Homemaker 2008-present; serving as Event Coordination/Technology for MomsNation Program, Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana; Ambassador for 24/7 Commitment, a non-profit organization; PTO Chair 2016-2019 at Serena Hills Elementary.
Husband, Chad and daughters Caitlyn (10) and Addison (7). Lifelong resident of Chicago Heights.

Other elected positions: 
Most important issues:
  • Create a safe and welcoming environment for students at Parker Junior High.
  • Focus on social and emotional support for students in all of our classrooms.
  • Update our buildings for 21st century learning.
  • Address building maintenance issues across the district.
  • Address the focus on tablet usage, rather than handwriting (Cursive) and keyboarding for our students.
  • Hire quality teachers, specialists and aides for our broad range of learners district wide.
  • Confirm all teachers and staff are adequately trained in Restorative Justice and Capturing Kids’ Hearts.
  • Establish activities for students across the district to allow friendships to form before arriving at Parker Junior High.
  • Adapt Parker Junior High to follow more of a middle school format focusing on the specific needs and developmental stages of children in that age bracket.
  • Ensure our Junior High students are mentally and emotionally prepared for high school.

Michelle Hoereth: No reply.


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