In the town of Hebron, Connecticut (population 8,600), history is being made. For the first time in 295 years, there is a Deaf candidate on the municipal ballot for the November election. Hebron is a mostly rural town located approximately 20 miles southeast of Hartford, CT.
Laurie J. (Schmid) Meotti, '84, who became profoundly deaf at age 7 after a battle with spinal meningitis, is a Democratic candidate seeking election to the Hebron Board of Education. She is one of 16 Democratic candidates on the ticket seeking municipal office. Laurie is a native of Buffalo, NY. She graduated from St. Mary's School for the Deaf in 1978 and is a member of the Class of 1984, Gallaudet University, where she majored in English. Laurie has been a Hebron resident for the past 12 years and her two hearing children attend Hebron public schools.
Laurie has been active in various organizations that serve the deaf and hard-of-hearing. For example, she served a three-year term as President of the Connecticut Chapter of Gallaudet Alumni. She is a trained lay minister and a leader in the deaf ministry at her church. She has been employed in the past as a teacher's aide and substitute teacher at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT; as a computer operator with the law firm Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.; as an engineering firm office clerk; as a sign-language tutor; as a home child care provider; in addition to being a full-time mother for a few years. If elected to the Board, Laurie has three main goals. First, to serve on the Communications subcommittee of the Board where she will work to enhance communication and networking among teachers, staff, administrators, and parents to better serve the interests of children. Secondly, to implement or maintain culturally rich education programs that promote diversity and tolerance in the schools. Third, to work as a member of a team maintaining a consistent level of quality education in Hebron's two elementary schools.
Laurie welcomes the opportunity to talk with you about her candidacy to the Hebron Board of Education. You may reach her via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, please check out the Hebron Democrats website at: http://hebron.dems.info to view the profiles of all 16 Hebron Democratic candidates seeking municipal election in November.
Posted: 15 Aug 2003