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Natalie Vowell

Running for Board of Education
Election: April 4, 2017

Natalie Vowell is a product of a top-10 public school in the U.S. She was hired by the University of Arkansas as the youngest and first female computer lab manager for the University’s Enhanced Learning Center to assist struggling students with learning technology. She moved from Fayetteville, AR to St. Louis in 2010, and wants to bring the same excellent education she received to SLPS students.

In 2011, Vowell began working for a local nonprofit (WITS, Inc.) which repurposes unwanted electronics into free computers for families and schools, instead of dumping them into landfills.  She has provided over 1,000 free computers to families in need. In 2013, she left WITS to found Project Raise The Roof, an organization which prevents the seizure of owner-occupied homes at Sheriff’s tax auctions. She has helped over 60 families keep their homes on the tax rolls to fund our schools, when those homes would have become City-owned vacant buildings.

For the past 3 years, she joined 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis and HOT 104.1 on the high school S.W.A.G. [Service, Well-Being, Academic Achievement, and Goal-Setting] Tour. She registered over 200 SLPS seniors to vote, and spoken to hundreds more students about how to become engaged in the political process before they’re old enough to cast a ballot.

She served as a MOCD1 delegate to the 2016 DNC, and am a member of the newly-formed Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus.

Vowell is a tireless activist, and St. Louis City deserves a school board member who will commit to much more than attending meetings and discussing possible solutions

Her goals:

STOP punishing students with suspension and felonies. We must END the school-to-prison pipeline

Expand early childhood education hours for working families. Children need to begin basic learning with parents working all shifts.

Lower property taxes for senior citizens and veterans to keep properties on the tax rolls, funding our schools.

End cyclical poverty to fund our schools — instead of funding wealthy developers.

Address the needs of low-income students. Many bright youth face serious issues outside the classroom.

Empower parents across the economic spectrum, and stop equating poverty with apathy.