As an alumna, parent, community member and teacher, I am writing in support of Issue 43.

The education I received in Upper Arlington, from Tremont to Jones to UAHS, fostered creativity, curiosity, compassion and conviction. In my time as a student, I encountered brilliant teachers who had small enough class sizes to engage with me personally.

From Tremont physical education teacher Jim Long, who took a new, insecure student and showed her how to develop confidence through movement, to high school math teacher Dan Rohrs, who converted textbook calculus problems into narratives about baseball so I could relate to the content, to English teachers Dr. James Allen and Diane Haddad, who pried open my eyes using questions and literature that cut into my core, I had personalized academic experiences that challenged and drove me to achieve.

My education in UA allowed me to gain admission to Dartmouth College. Following graduation, my experiences paved the way for me to secure, right out of college, a job at Ogilvy & Mather, New York, where I worked for two years until 9/11 inspired me to leave advertising and become a teacher.

It is one of my greatest honors to be back at UAHS attempting to pay forward everything that was given to me. I look forward to my young son having the opportunity to be affected just as I was.

I support Issue 43 because I believe in UA schools. I believe we need to design innovative spaces that enable programs to evolve and new programs to form. We need class sizes to remain small so students get personalized help and mentorship. We need to invest in our future so students now and students to come can pursue their dreams, and in their own way, change the world.

Laura Mills Moore

Upper Arlington