A Letter From Ingrid Burnett
I would like to share with you a little bit about who I am and what motivated me to run for the 19th District State Legislative Seat. All my life I have been involved in volunteer activity to help my community become a better place. Lately, these included 6 years on the KCPS School Board, 4 years on the Missouri School Boards Association Board of Directors, 2 years on the GKC United Way Board of Directors, 4 years on the University of Missouri Extension Council Board of Directors, and 15 years as the Democratic Committeewoman for the 11th Ward. I also volunteer for my church parish, St. Anthony, and have sat on a variety of neighborhood committees to improve our neighborhood conditions.
In my professional career as an educator, I have always looked for opportunity to influence policies and practices that impacted the learning and quality of life for my students and colleagues, and volunteered on numerous committees and site councils to shape the direction of the schools and school districts I worked for. I started as an elementary school music teacher, and as I progressed with my own education, I became a classroom teacher, principal, and then school counselor. During my last two years, I took an extra assignment to lead the Counseling Design Team for the Independence School District. In each of those roles I looked for opportunity to improve the culture by creating experiences that supported strong community and healthy living.
Over the past 35 years, my husband and I raised 3 children in Historic Northeast. We started in a modest home on Wilburn Court in the Indian Mound Neighborhood, and then moved to a historic 100 year old home in the Independence Plaza Neighborhood. Now we live in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood in a house that we converted from 5 apartments to a single family dwelling. Each house has been its own adventure in home ownership in the urban core, and family activity. We enjoy visits from our 4 grandsons who range in age from 1 to 16 years old.
I see this new opportunity as a natural progression for me to synthesize the skills and insights I have acquired from my life experiences and professional training. I believe the most important role for a State Legislator is to promote and advocate for the district she represents. I have the perspective and the ability to do that. Having recently retired, I also have the time, and I look forward to continuing my life of public service.