Ari originally moved to West Hartford over twenty years ago to complete her internship in child and adolescent clinical psychology at the Institute of Living. Upon completion of her internship, she was pregnant with her first child and her husband and she chose to remain in West Hartford due to the exceptional reputation of the West Hartford public schools and the family friendly environment in the town
Her career path changed when she unexpectedly chose to stay at home with her daughter. She worked part-time at the Mandell JCC as a personal trainer and spin instructor, allowing her the flexibility to work as much or as little as I wanted around her kids’ schedule.
She recently returned to The Institute of Living to complete her postdoctoral training and was offered a job as a staff psychologist at The Grace Webb School where she has been for the past 5 years. At present, her daughter is completing her junior year at Hall High and her son is finishing up his 8th grade year at King Philip Middle School.
Reasons that have led her to run for a seat on the Board of Education are:
1. I would love to be able to use my training as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist to provide some different insights, especially with respect to the emotional, behavioral, and psychological needs of our students and families, within the Board of Education.
2. My work at the Institute of Living has made me very committed and passionate about providing children and families with the appropriate clinical resources and special education services. A lot of my work revolves around supporting families in the school environment, navigating the world of special education, and other school related issues. I would like to be able to do this on a larger scale within my own community.
3. Originally, I was a stay at home parent with my children, then worked part time, and eventually chose to go back to full time work. As a result, I feel that I have a good perspective on the different issues that parents along the work world continuum often face related to their children’s experience within the school system. I would like to be a voice as well as a support to these different experiences that parents and families may have related to school system issues.
4. Having raised two children in West Hartford and having had them both go through the school system, I would like to give back and stay connected while they are both in high school. I feel extremely lucky to live in a town that values and embraces the importance of education. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education in order to serve the town and school system that I feel so fortunate to be a part of during my time as a West Hartford resident.