After three terms on the Marshfield Board of Education, Amber Kiggens-Leifheit will not be seeking re-election.
Kiggens-Leifheit has been heavily involved in her role, serving as Vice President four times, Treasurer at least three times, committee chair (Employee Relations, Curriculum, Finance, and Communication Committees), representative to the Career and Technical Advisory Committee, Technology Committee, and the Athletic Facility Study Committee.
Passionate about public schools, education, and students, she has also served roles within the district as an active classroom volunteer, grant writer, Pathway Partners Director, 4K preschool manager, and substitute teacher. In her time on the school board, she has served with four Superintendents and worked with six.
“This experience has allowed me to meet many exceptional teachers, staff, administrators, students, and community members,” she said. “I have learned a wealth about school policy. I’ve served because I want all students to reach their maximum potential.”
Since she is moving next year, Kiggens-Leifheit made the decision to not seek another term. “It would be logistically difficult to attend all committee and board meetings,” she explained. “I am a big believer in once you commit to a job, you have to give it your best.”
She is proud of the great staff and administrators hired by the board over her tenure. “We have created a great school district with a curriculum that allows for every student to find his or her own niche, anywhere from technical classes to college-level advanced placement classes. And now we will have great athletic facilities to look forward to! I’m glad I’ve had a role in this.”
Though Kiggens-Leifheit will no longer be part of the school board, she hopes they continue working on the district’s 4K program and instilling cultural competencies for all staff and students.
For spring candidates, her advice is simple:
“We have a great school district you will be becoming a part of. It will take your time and commitment to serve and do a good job. You need to be passionate about education and our community.”
There are two 3-year positions on the board up for election. Interested candidates should stop by the office at 1010 E. 4th Street to fill out paperwork. No signatures are required. The notification deadline for Non-candidacy is December 21.