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Johnson-Hostler: Advocacy work prepped me for school board

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July 22, 2013
Published: July 18, 2013 

By Kyle Jahner — kjahner@newsobserver.com

When Monika Johnson-Hostler came home from school as a child in Thomasville, her parents would ask how her day was and what she learned. But at her house, “fine” and “nothing” proved to be unacceptable answers, she said.

“It was our daily ritual, one that I’m doing with my daughter,” said Johnson-Hostler, a first-generation college graduate. “ ‘What did you learn? What does that mean?’ ”

“It doesn’t mean she always likes it.”

Johnson-Hostler, a Raleigh resident, has filed as a candidate for the Garner-centric District 2 of the Wake County School Board. She believes her skills as a career anti-sexual violence advocate and her vested interest in the public school system – a daughter in third grade, a husband teaching high school math – help make her a quality candidate to advocate for students.
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