Scientist aims to bring mental health advocacy, transparency, and passion for education to Moorhead School Board

Courtesy: Marissa Ahlering for Moorhead School Board
Courtesy: Marissa Ahlering for Moorhead School Board

(Moorhead, MN) --  A trained ecologist is looking to become a member of the Moorhead School board, and is looking to be an advocate for students, staff, and transparency within the district.

Marissa Ahlering joined WDAY Midday to speak about her campaign and her priorities for the district. She says a school board member should strive to make decisions which improve the district in a measurable way.

"A school board member's job is really to make decisions that are in the best interest [of] the students, the staff, the families, the people in the school district, "said Ahlering, "As a school board member, I would be actively engaged in that process."

Ahlering spoke about proactive mental health advocacy, for both students and staff. She also spoke on Critical Race Theory, saying the theory is more of a higher level educational topic rather than a subject being taught to students in the district. 

"It's really driving more fear and divisiveness, I think, around these issues and really pulling us apart, instead of really bringing us together to talk about and really understand each other, "said Ahlering, "What is the thing we are really talking about here, what is the actual concern, because Critical Race Theory is not being taught in our schools. I haven't seen with my daughters, my understanding is it's not being taught in the high school."

Ahlering is running to become a member of Moorhead's School Board for the upcoming November 2022 General Election. You can learn more about voting in Minnesota and in Moorhead by clicking here

Original Air Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2022