Four candidates seek seats on Pattonville Board of Education
Four candidates seek seats on Pattonville Board of Education
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Four candidates filed to be placed on the April 2 election ballot to fill two open seats on Pattonville Board of Education. Those who filed for the board, in order of filing, are Dr. Summer Johnson, incumbents Mary Kay Campbell and Ruth Petrov and Chiengming (Ming) Saelee. Information on the candidates is shown below.

SummerJohnson-Web.jpgDr. Summer Johnson
A three-year resident of Pattonville, Johnson works as clinical psychologist for Compass Health Network in St. Charles County. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University and a master’s degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and a doctorate from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, both in clinical psychology. She is a resident of St. Louis County and the mother of a second-grader at Willow Brook Elementary School.
Volunteerism/Experience
“I have 22 years experience working with youth in inpatient and outpatient settings. I evaluate to determine whether a child requires accommodations at school and then help parents advocate for those accommodations. I have a research background in cultural diversity, having made several presentations. I am currently working to help create a youth enrichment program."
Statement of Purpose
“It has been fascinating to be a part of the evolving social and cultural landscape of our district. With this evolution comes challenges that are beyond just educational needs. My hope is to continue to improve the district’s ability to adapt to the needs of all of Pattonville’s students, staff and their families.”

Campbell Hi-WEB.jpgMary Kay Campbell (Incumbent)
A 25-year resident of Pattonville, Campbell is a homebound teacher for the Special School District and Green Team supervisor for the St. Louis Cardinals. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Fontbonne University. A resident of Maryland Heights, she is the mother of two Pattonville graduates, one from the Class of 2006 and one from the Class of 2009.
Volunteerism/Experience
“I am a retired Special School District teacher with 32 years of experience in the Pattonville district. I have served on the Pattonville school board for the last four years, 2015 to present. I currently teach for Special School District in the homebound department. I also serve as a Green Team supervisor for the St. Louis Cardinals.”
Statement of Purpose
“I would be honored to continue to serve on the Pattonville school board for another term. Our district has become a high achieving and highly sought-after destination for both students and staff. This is accomplished by outstanding leadership and a dedicated staff who put students first. I am proud to live, work and volunteer in Pattonville.”

RuthPetrov2019-Web.jpgRuth Petrov (Incumbent)
A 28-year resident of Pattonville, Petrov serves as the nursing manager for the intensive care unit at SSM Health DePaul Hospital. Petrov holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and her RN (registered nurse) from Missouri Baptist School of Nursing. A Maryland Heights resident, Petrov and her husband, Larry, are the parents of four Pattonville graduates.
Volunteerism/Experience
“I have had the honor to serve the Pattonville School District as a member of the school board for the past 15 years. My experience will help to ensure that the efforts of the district will continue to be on doing what is best for all children.”
Statement of Purpose
“As a member of the BOE, I will continue to work with district leaders to make decisions that will provide the best learning opportunity for all children, create a safe learning environment and address critical issues in a way that will positively impact the Pattonville community. I would be honored to serve on the Board of Education for another term.”

MingSaelee2019-WEB.jpgChiengming (Ming) Saelee
A 13-year resident of Pattonville, Saelee is a program associate with the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF). She earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. A resident of Maryland Heights, she and her husband, Jeffrey, are the parents of two students at Remington Traditional School.  
Volunteerism/Experience
“In my role at CSF, I provide oversight and accountability to the fund’s $40 million-plus annual investment in behavioral health services for children and youth. My previous roles included fundraising, volunteer management and administration for children and family services. Child well-being continues to be the foundation of my work.”
Statement of Purpose
“I am committed to strengthening school communities by supporting nurturing learning environments that meet children’s social and emotional needs and foster academic success. I firmly believe educating the whole child prepares them to become productive members of our community. I look forward to contributing to Pattonville’s promising future.”