DUBLIN -- She is a soccer mom with an MBA and a knack for numbers. Now Megan Rouse is the newest Dublin school board member.
Rouse was appointed to a Dublin Unified School District vacancy last week after she and her supporters pitched her as a candidate good with numbers, people, speaking clearly and listening to others.
Rouse, 41, runs her own financial planning business after working for years as an analyst, technical writer and manager for banking and investment firms. The mother of two soccer-playing children, Rouse has served as a volunteer and leader in several school, preschool, community and youth groups. She has served as chair of the Dublin Elementary School site council, which serves as a bridge between teachers, administrators, parents and the community.
"Megan is levelheaded and willing to listen to other people's points of view," said Joan Nolan, one of eight people who spoke on her behalf to the school board. "Her financial and management skills will make her a good board member." Board members said her experience in financial management would be valuable in helping manage a school district in an era of recovery from years of state budget cutbacks.
"I think she will hit the ground running," said Amy Miller, the school board member who was the first to declare her support for Rouse before the board voted 4-0 to pick her over the other finalist, Regina Hancher.
When asked how she would help the district respond to the need for change, Rouse said, "I will listen, learn and then lead."
Rouse grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, earned an undergraduate degree in physics and math at Smith College and received an MBA at UC Berkeley. She moved to Dublin 15 years ago.
After working with many school and community groups, Rouse said, she felt she could make more of a difference by serving on the board that oversees public education for some 5,500 students.
"I believe in the school district's mission that every student should be a lifelong learner," she told the board.
Rouse praised the school district's performance. When asked in the meeting what she thought the district could do better, Rouse said communications could improve between teachers, administrators and parents "so everybody recognizes that everybody is working together and on the same side all the time."
Rouse replaces longtime school trustee David Haubert, who was elected to the Dublin City Council in November. Rouse's term will be up for election in 2014. Rouse is the second consecutive new Dublin School board member to be appointed to the school board. Amy Miller was appointed to the board a little more than two years ago, and she was elected in November.
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