Hi! I’m Kara Gloe. I’m a 36 year old mother of two, and I’d like your vote for Moorhead School Board on November 7, 2017.
I was born and raised in a small town in the middle of South Dakota. My parents owned a heavy road construction company for 20 years. In my teens they built a modular home park and started a garbage collection service. My dad hardly ever worked less that 60 hours per week, and my mom never had less than two jobs at any given time. They taught us about hard work, fierce love, and the importance of taking care of others.
In high school, I was a drama, music, and speech kid. I loved a good essay question and my favorite subject was English. I’ve always had the gift of gab, as noted on my report card by every single elementary teacher I’ve ever had. My nickname was “Counselor Kara,” because I was who my friends came to when they needed to talk through things. I am lucky enough to have had several wonderful and memorable teachers, some of whom I am still in touch with today.
After high school, I moved a lot. I spent two years of undergrad at the University of South Dakota, where I learned the meaning of true friendship. I transferred my Junior year to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, right in time for the Golden Gophers to win two national hockey championships in a row. Living in Minneapolis, I grew and stretched in ways that were formative to the person I’ve become. Minneapolis was my first home away from home, and I love the Twin Cities for all they taught me.
After graduating from the U of M, I moved to Omaha for a few years and worked in middle management for a logistics company. Then I moved back home, where I was the communications department of a regional hospital for four years. I also, quite unexpectedly, met the love of my life. We were married in 2009 and as a gift to ourselves, we spent two years teaching English in Thailand. I taught preschoolers, and watching those children gleefully soak up another language, solidified for me the benefit of language immersion.
We lived in California for a while when our oldest kiddo was a baby. I did a lot of research on language immersion classes. Two half days of preschool cost $1100/month in Fremont, CA and seemed out of reach. We moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area while I was pregnant with our youngest child. The day I found out the Spanish Immersion program was part of the public school system, was the day I was sold on Moorhead. I’m not sure folks fully appreciate what a huge community gem this program is. It’s not for everyone, of course. However, for those who take part, it’s an immense benefit for the kids and an absolute value for the families.
My family and I have been here for five years now, and we love it.The people here have been more welcoming and kind than I could have expected. I feel a sense of warm nostalgia and pride to be back in Minnesota. Our oldest child has completed her first year of Spanish Immersion and absolutely loved it. Our youngest child is looking forward to getting started.
I believe that we are responsible for building community. Through my work with the City of Fargo, I’m involved with several groups that work to connect people and make life more equitable for everyone. Outside of work, I am a member of the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America, a political organizing group that works toward progressive change.
I’m looking forward to all the years we have with Moorhead Public High School. I look forward to celebrating our debate teams and our hockey teams. I look forward to helping our students excel in their education and leave our school system ready for a fulfilling life. I look forward to fighting for Moorhead area families and making sure we all succeed together. Grow with Gloe!