To the editor:

Heidi Beneke-Main is a candidate for a five-year term on the Taconic Hills Board of Education. She and her husband Lyn have lived in the community for 25 years, and they know it well.

Heidi began volunteering in the elementary school when her daughter Ella, now in seventh grade, was in preschool. As a Girl Scout leader, she again interacted with children and their parents. She continues to volunteer in her daughter’s classroom and has worked as a classroom aid and substitute teacher.

She is a member of the PTO and served as president for several years. During her tenure, many programs, including Author visits became a familiar event and involved the reading and music departments.

As a businesswoman, Heidi owned and ran a home furnishing and interior design shop for 10 years. She currently is in charge of a farm store at Willowbrook Farm, where she grew up. She has an Associate’s Degree in business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

Heidi didn’t graduate from an Ivy League University, but most residents in our school district don’t judge individuals based on where they earned their college degree but rather on their character.

I heartily endorse Heidi for the Taconic Board of Education. Yes, Heidi is my niece, but more importantly, she has grown into an energetic member of this community. She is well-prepared to take on the responsibilities of a board member and will make decisions based on finances, common sense, and what’s best for our students.

George Beneke

Hillsdale

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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