Ms. Synathia Harris has been a resident of Calumet Park for seventeen years. She is married with three school-age children. Ms. Harris is a strong and passionate advocate for Education. Prior to becoming a board member, she served on the PTA as a Secretary, and also she had served in the school as a parent coordinator.
Ms. Harris became a board member because of her commitment to educational excellence. She serves as an active informed board member. She has also served as a voting Delegate. Ms. Harris is recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards as a Master Board Member and Leadership fellow. She is a member of CUBE, Council of Urban Boards of Education and also serves on the National level, National Association of School Boards.
Board Vice President
My name is Patricia Ann Carr. I have been a resident and property owner in Calumet Park, IL for the past 28 years. I previously worked for five years as a substitute teacher in School District 132. I have achieved Master Board Member recognition for service and participation in various Illinois Association of School Boards and National School Boards Association activities within a two-year timeframe. In addition, I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Chicago State University and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University. I have earned more than 30 credit hours toward a Master in Early Childhood Education from Chicago State University.
I believe that our children's educational experience is impacted by many factors such as an infrastructure that is conducive to 21st-century learning, outstanding teachers and administrators, actively involved parents, and fiscal responsibility. The combination of these factors should provide a learning atmosphere that enables our children to realize their full potential, as well as prepare them to be lifelong learners and active contributors in our global society. I also promote the relationship between our schools and the community.
Along with attending the recent National School Boards Conference and the Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity Conference, Ms. Carr has completed the necessary professional development including leadership training, Open Meetings Act training, and performance evaluation training, as required by law.
My name is Karen Ivey. I have been a resident since 1991. As a mother of 10 children, some with special needs, I believe that all children can and should learn. I am a believer of support for all children. I have been a member of the school board since 2001. High expectations do produce positive results. Give a child the support they need and they will succeed. Being a role model for my children, I have attended some colleges, Kennedy King College, Trinity Christian College, and Moraine Community College. I have been and continue to be an influence on the life of my students. I look forward to many years of continued service to the community.
Ms. Ivey has completed the necessary professional development including leadership training, Open Meetings Act training and performance evaluation training, as required by law.
Mrs. Ivey has been a Master Board Member for 8 years.
My name is Kimberly Watkins-Almond. I have been a Calumet Park resident for over 25 years. I am the owner/director of Kimberly's Kidcare here in Calumet Park. I have provided quality childcare, private transportation, and a phenomenal after school for 23 years. I am currently an Illinois Notary. I am a member of Calumet Park Chamber of Commerce. I am a current member of Sheldon Heights Church of Christ. I am a current member of Serenity Chapter #7 O.E.S From Sheerah Grand Chapter. I have served on the Local School Council member as a Parent Rep, Co-Chairperson & Chairperson from (2007-2017), for Chicago Public School system for over a decade. I have experience working with School Improvement Plans, Budget Transfers, Internal Accounts, Principal Evaluation, and No Child Left Behind. I have worked with all STAKEHOLDERS in order to assist with providing a great education to all children.
"As a board member, My goal is to continue and assist with the excellence of this school district in providing instruction and focusing on student improvement. I want to assist with maintaining an excellent balanced budget and continue to improve all our students opportunities to learn. I want School District 132 to be the best district it can be! Our community deserves no less than that from the entire school board. I promise to work to provide each child in this district the same benefits and positive opportunities. As an Early Childhood Professional, I would love to assist with the growth and improvement of this school district."
Kimberly "Mz Kim" Watkins
My name is Christopher Towers Jr. Born and nurtured on the South Side in Chicago historical Bronze -Ville Community and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther King High School. Received Bachelor degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University Macomb Ill, while attending Western Illinois University served as President of the local Youth chapter of NAACP and President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated-Eta Eta Chapter.
Later earned a Master's Degree of Education-Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Been a proud resident and home owner of Calumet Park Community since December 2003. Married to Pamela Towers and have two young daughters attending Calumet Park Schools.
I currently serve professionally as Public Service Administrator for Illinois Department of Children of Family Services. I have spent over 22 years in Social Service Administration, while serving 21 years with DCFS. In June of 2016 co-founded NABRU Inc. that was organized by Men to help create opportunities for positive changes in the lives of Urban African American youth and train the next generation of positive leaders. Continued services as Chairman of Deacons at St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church located in the Englewood community.
My name is Consuella Brown. I have lived in Calumet School District 132 for 16 years. I am a consultant who specializes in board development, retreat facilitation, executive coaching, foundation proposal review, program development, and interim staffing. I keep my intellectual muscles strong in my role as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University’s School of Social Work and Dominican University’s Masters in Conflict Resolution Program.
I have been fortunate to serve as the Vice President for Strategy and Impact at All Chicago and as Acting President and Program Director at the Woods Fund of Chicago. I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Marshall Islands and Lesotho and helped open the Peace Corps office in the Republic of Zambia. I have served on several committees and boards and hold a master’s degree in political science from Illinois State University and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies/women’s studies from Scripps College. I also hold a certificate in advanced spirituality from the former Institute on Spiritual Leadership. I am the proud recipient of the Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy Champion of Diversity Award and the United African Organization’s Nelson Mandela Award for Social Justice.
In my free time, I like to sleep, travel the world, and piece together colorful jigsaw puzzles. I look forward to supporting the voices and visions of the students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members of Calumet Park.