Bridgett McDowell has filed to run for a seat on the South Lyon Community Schools board of education. While candidates filed for the three full term school board seats, no one filed for the partial term seat. The partial term, which expires Dec. 31, 2024, is now only open to write-in candidates. McDowell filed as a write-in candidate in September.
McDowell is no stranger to public service. As manager of the South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest’s social media, McDowell is familiar with the wide variety of local nonprofits, youth groups, and volunteer organizations. McDowell serves Oakland County through her volunteer work with the Junior League of Birmingham, Mich., a chapter of an international organization dedicated to promoting the development of women. Through the Junior League, McDowell has worked with several state and county organizations, including the League of Women Voters – Oakland Area, Hope Against Human Trafficking, Lighthouse of Oakland County, and Michigan Foster Care Closet. McDowell most recently served on the management team of the Junior League as the director of marketing and communications.
As a parent of a Brummer Elementary School student, McDowell said she sees the school board as an excellent opportunity for her to lend her personal and professional experience to the South Lyon community.
“I am dedicated to keeping children and students my first priority in South Lyon Community Schools,” McDowell said. “As a board and as a community, we need to support all students as learners. We are responsible for making sure children have access to a quality education, especially early literacy. Supporting our teachers and staff and recognizing them as experts in their field is essential to retaining our valued educators.”
McDowell began her career as a middle school math teacher. After several years in the classroom, McDowell transitioned to working for various education organizations and nonprofits in research and assessment for math education. She currently works for the Michigan Department of Education in teacher preparation. McDowell earned her bachelor’s degree in history, and holds teaching certificates in history and mathematics from the University of Michigan. She also holds a master’s in education degree from North Carolina State University, where she studied educational psychology.
“Our schools and community are facing challenges none of us have ever seen, so we need to work together – schools, parents, and community members – to get our children through,” she said. “As a board member, I will be responsive and accessible to the community. I can’t wait to get started!”
McDowell has lived in South Lyon since 2016 with her husband and daughter.