Pat “Pinokio” Godziszewski 


Pat “Pinokio” Godziszewski, Team 81 candidate and all around liar. 

I know in the last few weeks things in Schiller Park have gotten a bit negative, and I hate to add to it, but some things just need to be addressed. Some of the negativity is simply just the truth. 

I sat down this morning to make my post about the Champions for Children candidates. I was going to break it down just like I did the Team 81 folks, and to be as fair as I could. I was also in the name of fairness going to use the Team 81 slogan IMPACT in my comparison. Half way through the comparison I realized two things. One was that I couldn’t stay neutral in my feelings, and two there was just no comparing the two groups. 

The first post about Team 81 opened my eyes to how unbelievably little we know about 2/3 of that group. As of the final meeting before the election Alex Giangrande has attended one , and Paul Ohm has attended two School Board Meetings. How could any parent or community member ever see their way clear to vote for two candidates who have for all purposes never been involved with the district. They only know what they have been told by Patricia Godziszewski, David Stachura, and Roy F McCampbell. They just don’t have the entire picture, and couldnt possibly before April 7th. 

In preparing for, and writing the post I have now decided to abandon I went back to the Team 81 web page to refresh my memory on all the candidates in order to make a proper comparison. I never got past Pat Godziszewski’s Bio, and that Bio has now become this post. 

My husband Jim and I raised our 3 sons in Franklin Park after purchasing our home in1978. Sadly, Jim passed away suddenly in 2000, leaving the boys and me lasting memories of a wonderful husband, father, and coach. Brian currently teaches in the Northwest suburbs at a private school, Mike works for a local restaurant, and Joe has his own business.

There is many things I can say about her family. Many reports from people who know a lot about the subject, but attacking her family is not my purpose, it is honestly just not fair, and It is for the most part second hand information at that. Family is huge to me, and the success of a family says a lot about the environment surrounding the growth of that family. Family, and the raising of that family more often then not makes us who we are as adults. 

We have a long-lasting friendship with our neighbors, enjoy participating in our church community at St. Beatrice and volunteer for the American Heart Association. During the early years, Jim and I both volunteered as coaches for Thunder Soccer. I served on the St. Maria Goretti School Board and then on the Athletic Board at St. Beatrice School after we changed parishes.

Community and someone’s involvement in it also says a lot about the person. I commend Pareicia Godziszewski on her involvement. Patricia Godziszewski is in fact so involved with her community that she recently thought an event that has been going in the community for 13 years was put on by a group that has only been in existence for a little over a year. Im sure St Beatrice School, and St Maria Goretti have benefited greatly from her community service. I however have not been able to find anyone that can verify her participation in events but in her defense i did not contact every member of both parishes. 

Education: DePaul University (B.S.-Biology), Northeastern Illinois University (Teaching Credentials), Illinois Resource Center (ESL Endorsement), National Louis University (M.Ed.-Curriculum & Instruction), Chicago State University (Driver’s Education Endorsement), continuing professional development as prescribed by the Illinois State Board of Education.  

Work Experience: Prior to entering the teaching profession, I was a Medical Technologist with a specialization in Biochemistry. I worked in several hospitals and labs in New York and Chicago. I have more than 20 years of teaching experience at Leyden High School District 212 where my main assignments are to teach Physical Science and Medical Careers. School Board Experience: I am honored to have served on the SD81 School Board since my election four years ago. There is much to learn about the role of a Board Member and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in many workshops, seminars, and classes to enhance my understanding and my skill. Within the first two years I had achieved the credentials of Master Board Member and encouraged others on the Board—most with much more seniority than I—to take advantage of these educational experiences. In 2013 I was elected by the Board to serve as Vice-President. In addition to representing the Board at the IASB/ IASA/ IASBO Convention as the voting delegate, I also participate in the Policy Review Committee and Facilities Committee.

As I have said before Patricia Godziszewski’s BIO is lenghty, and to the outside reader it may be very impressive. It gives the image of an incredibly capable person with an education that would help her be an outstanding and effective board member. From the outside anyone who reads her BIO would think she is a shure thing for a Board member position. An outside reader would think that she lives and breaths education and will look out for the best interests of our schools as a whole. It would give a reader the impression she will work diligently to keep up with the times, and modern day needs of our schools. Sadly that is simply not true. None of what she has listed has to this date been of any use to her, and her position on the School Board of School District 81. 

Taxpayers: to encourage and support cost-cutting measures without negatively impacting the educational experience for students 

I want to know how Patricia Godziszewski intends to perform “cost-cutting measures” and not impact the educational experience of students? This is in my experience simply not possible, and it is my belief, one of the key lies that got her elected four years ago. We as a community have to admit that there is a rather large portion of this community that does not care about the education of the Districts children. They simply do not want to have their taxes raised, and Patricia Godziszewski, and David C Stachura have made that promise in the past. They could not lower taxes last time, and will not be able to do it this time. The fact of the situation is that she can not lower taxes, and for sure not without effecting the education of the children of this School District. 

Parents: to ensure that ALL children are offered the best educational opportunities available through the District.

I have not heard her address this subject even once during four years of Board meetings. What has Patricia Godziszewski done in the last four years to make the voters believe she is capable of this claim? 

Students: to support educational and extracurricular experiences that prepare you for the next level and beyond.

A political bullet point with no meat behind it. How can she back this up while making the previous statement of supporting cost cutting messures. 

Staff: to provide a great working environment that enables you to share your teaching talents with students and to encourage professional growth.

Through the support of one community member Patricia Godziszewski and crew have done more to damage the great working environment of School District 81 more then any other person with the exception of the community member they support. The one family out of more then a thousand they have actually spoken for. And as far as I can tell the only campaign Mr Indictment supports.    

Board: to foster a compatible and goal-oriented relationship with the Administration; to adhere to the rules spelled out in Board Policies and the tenets of best practice; to provide transparency to the community; to provide a real mentorship to new Board Members; to resolve differences in a respectful and professional manner.

In my opinion this has to be a joke. At a minimum written with the intent of showing herself in a positive light to people who don’t know what is truly going on. I believe that is how Patricia Godziszewski, and David C Stachura have gotten elected in the past. They prey on the unknowing, and they use fear of tax increases and make up stories to scare the people who do not attend meetings, or have no access to the Internet to see the truth for themselves. 

Final Statement:  
In my view, the District is operating at an above-average academic level due to the hard work of the staff, parents, and students. Published evidence of achievement at each grade level and in high school supports this view. However, there is also a highly-charged, political atmosphere that has blocked progress on the part of the Board and therefore has weakened its efforts to provide an even better experience for families of the District and the community at large.

In her view? How many views does she have. Let’s go back the letter she signed her name to that spoke of substandard practices. 

All progress that has been blocked has been at the hand of Patricia Godziszewski, and David C Stachura. They have hand in hand halted the advancement of education in Schiller Park School District 81. 

If you have a neighbor who you know is not on the Internet, or doesn’t have access to School Board meetings please stop and knock on their door. Ask them what they know about the School Board Explain to them what is REALLY going on. Show them the truth, and share the facts. Show them the legal fees of the district at the hands of Patricia Godziszewski. Tell them about the Champions for Children, and how those three candidates will be all that they say and live up to their claims. 

Rich Flanagan, Jeremy Hargus, and Mary Ann Desecki have Integrity, and are Motivated Professionals who believe in Accountability, and have a Commitment to Teamwork. They have proven it time and time again. 

The Champions for Children are the true candidates that will IMPACT Schiller Park School District 81.


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