Six candidates are vying for four seats on the Sioux City Community Schools Board of Education. Siouxland Public Media news scheduled a candidate forum for Friday, November 1, 2019 at noon at the downtown Sioux City Public Library. The election takes place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Biographical information provided by the candidates.
Dr. Juline Albert is the VP of Learning at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Before becoming an administrator, Dr. Albert taught at the college level. She has over 27 years of educational experience. She is passionate about serving students. Dr. Albert has lived in Sioux City for most of her life. She and her three daughters are all East High School graduates.
Raised in Sioux City with his three siblings, Shaun Broyhill learned the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. Shaun is an 6th Generation Siouxland native. He graduated from West High School in 1997 while participating in many activities, such as Cross Country, Track, Debate, Speech, and acting.
Shaun later joined the Nebraska Army National Guard, joining the 600th Transportation Unit out of Omaha, Nebraska. While in the service, Shaun learned the value of discipline, service to country, and hard work.
Shaun continued on these skills, and attended Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. Shaun graduated Magna Cum Laude, while also earning awards such as Computer Science Student of the Year and Dean's List recipient for all four years of undergraduate work. Shaun also was inducted into both the Phi Theta Kappa and Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Societies for his hard academic work.
Shaun continued his education an obtained a Master of Science from Iowa State University in Human Computer Interaction, with a focus on Cognitive Psychology. Shaun graduated with a 3.83 GPA, and has received the Alice Yvonne Fuhrmann Graduate Scholarship for academic achievements in his program. Upon graduating from Iowa State University, Shaun continued his education studying both Education Psychology for a Doctorate of Education, and is currently seeking a Doctorate of Information Technology in Information Technology management.
Outside of schooling, Shaun has also established the Broyhill Family Foundation, which provides annual scholarships to local high school students looking to attend college in the Sioux City area after graduation. This program has funded thousands in scholarships to in need students in the area. Through this foundation, Shaun also devotes a large amount of his spare time volunteering for a variety of charitable causes, and has volunteered over 10,000 hours in the last ten years in our community. Currently he is volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Sioux City, where he has purchased a large number of new computer systems and educational licenses, and is teaching high risks students valuable computer and educational skills. Shaun also participated in multiple reading programs both at the Boys and Girls Club of Sioux City, and partnered with several classrooms within Sioux City to provide books for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. Through these reading programs, Shaun has donated over 1,000 books to students annually for the past several years.
Shaun has also volunteered over 800 hours to St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, where he spent the majority of that time helping comfort families of patients. Other projects include serving meals at the local Gospel Mission and providing clothing and food for homeless families in the area.
Shaun is a baptized Lutheran, and is a member of Augustana Lutheran Church here in Sioux City. Shaun lives here in Sioux City and has a wife and two sons, both students of the Sioux City School district.
Goodvin, 27, is a product of the Sioux City Community School District and a graduate of East High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wayne State College and a Master’s of Public Administration from Villanova University with an emphasis on Public Budgeting. He is currently employed as a Business Operations Analyst for Brad Cummings LLC in Sioux City. Previously, he was the Director of the Woodbury County Taxpayers Research Council, where one of his key duties was to analyze important issues affecting taxpayers of the SCCSD. He is also a former staffer for Senator Charles Grassley in D.C. where he advised the Senator on education policy.
Dan and his wife, Gyna, have four (4) children. Their eldest daughter graduated high school in 2015 and is a second-year veterinary school student. He has three sons who are all in high school. Dan is very involved in school activities and pulls the band trailer for the out of town competitions.
Dan has an extensive background in financial (CPA) and operational matters and served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of both Terra Industries and Sabre Industries. Most recently, Dan was the Chairman and CEO of a public company where he engineered a financial and operational turnaround. Dan currently owns a small Information Technology (IT) business.
Dan has been engaged with education matters for years and has provided the District with proven ideas and methods to improve financial stewardship, transparency and accountability. Dan often speaks at board meetings and asks the hard questions. Dan believes the School Board must develop robust metrics to measure true progress and improvement in financial, academic and operational areas. Dan believes this is a key Board responsibility that needs significant improvement.
Dan is a passionate community member with a belief in the importance of public education. Dan will provide his professional expertise for the improvement of efficiency standards in our schools. Dan fully supports vocational-technical training and wants to ensure the core trades education is expanded and remains sustainable.
Dan will provide quality leadership for the school district board and will focus on good stewardship of our taxpayer dollars.
MIYUKI “MICKEY” NELSON
I am a wife, mom, small business owner, sports mom (Little League, Basketball, Golf, Volleyball, Softball) Back Stage Dance Mom, PTA member, Girl Scout Leader, technology enthusiast, advocate for students and public education, committee member and parent volunteer. I’m willing to work hard for what I believe in!
The catalyst that propels me to be involved in education are my two kids who attend the Sioux City Community School District. I have taken a very active role in volunteering in my kids’ school and classrooms. As a result, I developed good relationships with teachers/staff. Through my volunteer work, I have witnessed the joys and challenges in the classroom. I have enjoyed the opportunity to provide tech lessons such as Lego WeDo Robotics, Ozobots, Reading Cube story-time and mini tech expo fun.
As member and former PTA treasurer, I have been instrumental in raising funds for my kid’s school and optimizing funds available to the school to enhance the educational experiences for students and teachers/staff. (Some examples include, Lego WeDo Robotics Club, Lego Education in the classroom and I-Ready Reading Supplemental Program). My function as a PTA treasurer has allowed for me to gain a working understanding of the needs posed by ongoing reductions in educational funding. In my role as a board member of Sioux City Public School Foundation, I have expanded my efforts of raising funds to benefit the mission of the foundation which is to support the SCCSD in the areas of STEAM, Arts & Culture and Equity.
Due to all my hard work and dedication, I built a productive working relationship with team members of the school district. I was invited to serve in the TAG (Talented & Gifted) programmatic review committee. I served on the Educational Equity and District Advisory Committee. I have co-chaired and chaired the District Advisory Committee (renamed School Improvement Advisory Committee or SIAC) and a current board representative in this committee. I serve on the Student Achievement Committee. As a community member, I’m an advocate for Early Childhood Literacy Awareness and I am actively involved in the 0-3 Prime Age to Engage Child Literacy campaign. Through a collaboration between our district and Parents for Greater Iowa Schools, I created and established the Parent Engagement Network for SCCSD on Facebook. The purpose of this group is to educate parents and the community on the legislative issues affecting our school district. Also to engage them in advocacy to promote our school district and its students success. Due to my relentless work on legislative advocacy, I was elected as the state of Iowa PTA Legislative Committee Chair.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. I worked for IBP and Tyson Foods in the Fresh Meat Division as Food Safety Coordinator, Specialist and Regional Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance during my 10 years employment. My work experience allowed me to develop strong problem solving and decision-making skills. My analytical background and love of Science drive my interest in seeing the incorporation innovation, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and career paths in the schools. I’m a small business owner.
My experiences as a parent, volunteer, community member, scientist and businessperson provide ideal skill sets that will continue to benefit and enhance our school board. My inquisitive personality along with my independent thinking skills will continue to be a useful and valuable asset to the school board, district and its students’ success.
As a current school board member, my skills have served to stimulate more discussion at the board table. It has contributed to creating new goals, priorities and influenced the direction of our district.
I look forward to continuing to represent you, our district team members, the community and its students.
Monique Scarlett, 52 lifelong resident of Sioux City. Graduate of West High School, higher learning at University of South Dakota and Briar Cliff College. Wife & Mother. 20 years in banking. Currently employed at US Bank as a Wealth Management Client Representative. Founder of Unity in the Community (embracing partnerships with law enforcement and citizens) serves on the School Improvement Advisory Committee, local chapter of NAACP (OURS Parent Group), Sanford Center board & a licensed Evangelist for the Eastern Nebraska Jurisdiction. Previously served three terms (9 years) on the Sioux City Human Rights Commission, one term (3 years) on Woodbury County At Risk Youth Commission and Sioux City School Equity Board. Pastime, she enjoys gospel singing, traveling and community outreach.