My name is Sharon El-Amin and I'm running for Minneapolis School Board At-Large.
My husband and I have been married for 26 years. We have three children, two graduates of Minneapolis Public Schools and one currently attending North High School . Minneapolis has been our home for 27 years and I have been serving within my community for over 25 years.
I am currently the President of Minneapolis North Polar Parent organization, and a member of North High School Site-council. I owned a business for 15 years, and have valuable experience managing budgets; El-Amin’s Fish House is located in a bustling North Minneapolis neighborhood.
I am Muslim, and a member of Masjid An’Nur located in North Minneapolis. I am Social Coordinator at Masjid An’Nur, and for the last two years, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, I cook and prepare 100 hot meals for families in need.
I was a member of Neon’s Board of Directors for three years. I have earned a number of awards and recognitions, including the Start Up Business of the Year 2002, 2010 Small Business of the Year, 2010 Longevity & Sustained Impact Award, and the 2010 Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained Nominee at Women Venture.
My Vision for Minneapolis Public Schools
I am running for School Board to be a voice for students, parents, staff and the community within Minneapolis! My vision is for our Schools to be a fully funded and safe learning environment and provide the best experience for our youth from Pre-K through 12th Grade. We need to make sure our youth are ready for life after High School.
I understand that we all have different needs and I want to be that voice for all of us!!! As a mother of three, I realize the need for more staff within the schools, more educational resources, more parent involvement, and more staff training.
Improving Minneapolis Public Schools will take all of us. I will be that voice for you. I will work diligently to make sure that all needs are considered at the board. I will be the voice that will bring balance and experience from living, working and worshipping within Minneapolis. This is my life. I am a vested in Minneapolis and I will work hard to make a difference. Thank you for putting your trust in me and supporting me to be the next School Board Member. I will work hard for what we need and want for our families. I am excited to get to work for your family! With your support Together We Win!
Accountability - Holding all stakeholders responsible for high performance in our schools and investing in support & resources for our teachers, parents and most of all our students.
Community - "It takes a village to raise a child", creating paths for community resources to support our schools, enriching our students, addressing social determinants, and preparing students for success both inside and outside the classroom.
Transparency -Starting with a foundation of openness to learning new ideas and encouraging Innovation. Being clear with parents and teacher about what the goals are and where we are headed. Over communication should be the rule to ensure everyone is engaged at MPS.
We must A.C.T. NOW!!!
I am honored to have the following distinctions and endorsements:
Representative Frank Hornstein, District 61A
“Sharon El-Amin is a public school parent who will passionately and effectively represent all parts of our city. We need her voice and community experience now more than ever."
Larry McKenzie, North Polars Coach, Pillsbury United Communities
Minneapolis residents, we are fortunate to have Sharon El-Amin as a candidate for the Board of Education. Sharon has deep roots in the community and has demonstrated her dedication and commitment in numerous ways through her service. She will bring a genuine belief that ALL kids, regardless of zip code, are capable learners and a desire that ALL kids deserve a high quality education. I have worked with her and know she supports active parental and community involvement along with total transparency in the decison-making of issues impacting Minneapolis students, staff, and administration.
I know that by electing Sharon El-Amin to the Board of Education, Minneapolis families will have someone advocating for their children's success in the same manner that she has advocated for her own children in Minneapolis Public Schools.
We encourage you to support Sharon El-Amin!
-Larry and Pamela Wilkins-McKenzie
Mercedes Reynolds, Assistant Principal, South High
“Sharon El-Amin has high expectations for ALL of our students and an unwavering passion for supporting the Northside community. She has my endorsement for MPS School Board because she believes that all students can be successful and so do I!”
Dr. Chanda Green, former North High teacher and alumni
" I am excited to endorse Sharon El-Amin for School Board At Large. I have been an educator for over 20 years and have had the opportunity to work with and get to know Sharon who has consistently supported Minneapolis Public Schools as a business owner, community member and parent. She sincerely believes in our children and in the need for all of us to positively impact students. In the 25 years I have known Sharon I have always admired her dedication to public service. She is a visionary, a leader and a proponent of MPS. I am confident that in voting for Sharon, we are staking a stand for our children."