Meet Roosevelt Site Director, Kristin Flenniken
This fall Kristin Flenniken will start the second year of her two-year term as BCE site director at Roosevelt. She has a 5th grader, Kelcey, and 3rd grader, Kyle.
So why Burlingame?
We moved to Burlingame from North Carolina six and a half years ago for my husband’s job. We picked the Peninsula because of work, and we picked Burlingame because of the strong public schools.
Why did you become involved with BCE?
I began hearing about BCE back when my kids were in preschool at First Pres. Kelcey was in the same class as Emily Beach’s youngest child and Emily and I served on the preschool board together. In case any of you don’t know Emily – last year she was elected to the city council and before that she was the president of BCE. From her, I began to understand a little more about how the state funds education. Currently, California spends $2,500 less per student than the national average. Public funding just isn’t enough to provide the curriculum our children need to succeed today.
And that’s what makes education foundations like BCE so critical. BCE empowers us as parents to make a positive impact on our children’s learning experience. Our collective BCE donations strengthen every aspect of our children’s education because it gives our school district more resources to leverage.
My children are the beneficiaries of so many things BCE donors help fund. My daughter loves Mrs. Prater’s music class and is so excited to learn how to play the clarinet this year. Kyle’s favorite part of the day is PE, which also benefits from BCE funding. Our grant is essential to helping provide professional development for our outstanding teachers, a math coach and technology specialist, and so much more.
What makes Roosevelt special?
We love the amazing teachers and staff and the small, close-knit community at Roosevelt. It feels great to know most of the families and for them to know us. Since Kelcey started kindergarten, we’ve developed what I think will be life-long bonds with fellow school families. I love walking my kids to school and seeing the majority of other families doing the same.
Roosevelt has fun events throughout the year to help parents and students get to know each other. We’re known for our Chili Cook-off, Science Olympiad, and the Dads’ Club Father-Daughter Dance and camping trip. Last year, we added a “We are Roosevelt Night” in celebration of our school’s diversity; approximately 25 languages are spoken at our small school! Everyone should check out our cool mural that one of our parents painted, with help from students, last year as well.
What three words do your children use to describe you?
Kind, generous, helpful.