Chief Board Liaison - Education
President serves as liaison on all committees
Allison "Ali" Mathis joined the North Hills School District Board of Education in 2017 and has served as President since December of 2019.
A former PTO president, she is an active parent volunteer who has served as chair of the district’s education committee for the last three years.
Mrs. Mathis is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and her professional background is in Communications and Project Management. Her daughter is in sixth grade at North Hills Middle School and her son is in ninth grade at the high school.
What is your favorite thing about North Hills?
"It's hard to pick a favorite! I love that we are a close knit community. I love the people; I love meeting community members and students and talking to them. I am so proud to live in North Hills. Our students, teachers and administrators are amazing and are what really make NHSD what it is."
Why did you decide to run for school board?
"One of the reasons I ran for board was because I wanted to help bridge the gap between parents and the district.”
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed you and/or what are you most proud of in 2020?
"2020 was an incredibly difficult year on many levels. First and foremost, I’m a mom. Like most moms, I have had to discover untapped energy and personal resources to help my kids navigate virtual school while balancing work and my commitment to our district. I’ve always been a planner. This past year I have had to learn to be more adaptable and alert to change, particularly in regulations from the state and Health Department, which impacted our school operations immeasurably. I have found that my role has shifted from that of a traditional board president to one of crisis manager. In the face of a rapid transition to virtual learning last spring, I’m proud I could use my professional experience to help. With the cooperation of my colleagues, our board meetings and school district business have remained professional, well-run and accessible to the public. I’m proud of our entire North Hills community — our amazing teachers, parents and students. They have remained flexible and adaptable in the face of extraordinarily difficult and unforeseen challenges."
What are you most looking forward to focusing on in 2021?
"It will take a lot of work to rebound from 2020, both emotionally and educationally. One thing I am committed to is redoubling our emphasis on the mental well-being of our entire community. Not just our students, but our teachers, school staff, parents, and siblings need to be part of this project. I know unfortunately too well about the struggles our community has faced. And the crisis is far from over. We need to work hard in identifying the methods available to us, and as a district we need to frankly discuss our shared mental health. I look forward to working tirelessly in search of solutions. Kindness matters, words matter, and how we chose to interact with each other matters. I hope that we all come out of this an even stronger community of interlocking goals. I look forward to carrying these shared values into 2021."
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